Sony PSP Go: Conclusion

October 12, 2009 by Jen Edwards Reads (58,428)


Your feelings about the PSP Go will be greatly influenced by whether or not you already have a Sony PSP and/or a lot of disposable income.

If you want the latest and the greatest, I can recommend the PSP Go unconditionally. No device is 100% perfect, but it’s obvious that Sony spent a lot of time perfecting the design, and actually listened to its customers (Sony used surveys to quantify the top feature requests). It’s small, light, and to copy from Sony’s latest PS3 marketing campaign, it only does everything — games, video, and music, plus an Internet browser, RSS feeds, Internet radio, and even Skype.

Sony PSP GoSince it’s all digital, it’s also clutter free — when you purchase a game you don’t have to deal with a box, instruction manual, UMD disk, etc. The small size and the fact that everything is “on board” make it a great device for those who travel frenquently or are always on the go.

If you’re an existing PSP owner with a substantial library of games, the question of whether or not to upgrade is much tougher. The same is also true for the import gamer who likes Asian games, and the cheapskate gamer who likes to rummage in clearance bins or shop for used games at GameStop or eBay, always looking for the best deal. In these specific cases, the best bet would probably be to stick with what you have, because the cost of making the switch would simply be too high. Or you may decide it’s time to trade in/sell all of those old UMDs and embrace the digital future. The launch of the PSP Go might be the perfect time for you to do so. It’s a great little entertainment device, and worthy of your strong consideration.


  • So small and light; finally the PSP is pocketable!
  • No UMD clutter — all of your content is digital
  • Larger memory capacity –16 GB built-in and a M2 slot for another 2-16 GB
  • Faster game loading times, and no annoying UMD drive noises
  • Gorgeous screen — bright, with sharp graphics and vivid colors
  • Great sound quality, especially with headphones
  • Game pause function is a real winner for convenience


  • High price, especially if you have a heavy investment in UMDs
  • Some PSN games more expensive than their UMD counterparts
  • No ability to play imported games or purchase cheap used games
  • Accessories designed for previous PSP models won’t work with the new PSP Go




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