Sony has unveiled the latest version of the PlayStation Portable, the PSP Go.
Launched during the E3 conference in the US, the PSP Go was announced as ‘one of the worst kept secrets’ of the convention, as news and images about the product had been leaked onto the internet the previous week.
The new handheld games console does away with the disc based UMD format of previous models, and instead relies solely on games and moves being downloaded directly to the unit from Sony’s Playstation store. The PSP Go launches in the face of a runaway success for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch as a gaming platform, and the release of the Nintendo DSi.
Sony said that the PSP Go was not going to replace the current version of the PSP, but rather be sold alongside it. Traditional UMD games disc for older models of the PSP would continue, said the company, with future releases being released as downloadable content simultaneously. The PSP Go comes with 16Gb internal memory, and is expandable via a memory stick port.
Small, light PSP Go
Sony says the PSP Go is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original PSP. The buttons for the system are hidden behind the screen when not in use, with a sliding action like that of a mobile phone. However, one casualty of this scaling down is a smaller screen than previous models.
Sony also unveiled news of a new video delivery service, and an application called Sense Me, which plays music files based on the users mood, much like the iPod Genius function.
The PSP Go will be available in Europe from the 1st of October, with a retail price of €249 (around £215).
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