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We have collected 2 reviews of the Sony PSP Go. Experts rate Sony PSP Go 6.8/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Sony PSP Go and Sony Portable console.
The age of digital distribution is upon us. The shelves of your local electronics retailer may still be lined with cardboard boxes, but the aging optical disc is falling by the wayside in favor of bits and bytes wafted through the air from Wi-Fi access point to device. Services like Xbox Live, Steam and WiiWare have offered the option of digital distribution, but Sony has become the first company to nix the disc entirely with the PSP Go. No discs, no cartridges, just downloadable content. The lack of Sony’s old Universal Media Disc (UMD) makes it smaller, lighter and sexier than any prior PSP, but is the digital distribution system ready for prime time? Not exactly. The new PSP’s deep roots in the World Wide Web expose themselves as soon as you pluck it from the box: The Go looks more like Sony’s Mylo Internet device than a new generation of the gaming device. It’s smaller in every dimension, shedding the buttons flanking the screen for a new set of slide-out controls. That 16 percent reduction in weight and 35 percent reduction in size (from the PSP-3000) makes the Go the first PSP you might actually consider pocketing – it’s a bit like a beefed-up iPhone.
Costly and compatibility-conflicted, Sony's PSP Go marries design elegance and disc-free gaming with worrisome pricing and upgrade uncertainty. Lop the disc drive off Sony's PlayStation Portable and add a Mylo-inspired slide-screen gamepad, and you get the PSP's smaller, lighter, more dearly priced cousin--the trendier PSP Go. Sony has hiked the platform's price tag from $170 to $250, five-sixths the cost of a new PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 Elite, a reprogrammable gaming robot, or dinner at Heston Blumenthal's exalted restaurant, The Fat Duck. In exchange you get nips and tucks in the weight and size, a modestly retooled grip interface, Bluetooth support, and 16GB of internal flash memory. Nintendo has whittled down its DS twice since launch, so competitive turnabout is fair play. Sony's PSP Go is actually the platform's fourth metamorphosis, lowering the handheld's weight to 5.6 ounces--16 percent lighter than the PSP Slim and 43 percent lighter than the original PSP-1000. It's also 35 percent smaller than the PSP Slim, packing everything the older model had except the UMD drive into a third less space, and that's including the 480-by-272-pixel widescreen LCD.