PSP Go to support non-gaming apps

Sony confirms handheld's 80% dev kit price reduction is to broaden scope of programs for upcoming smaller, lighter, UMD-less gaming device.

While a litany of leaks may have diminished the impact of the PSP Go's Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009 debut, they had no bearing on the potential of Sony's new UMD-less media device. Taking on proportions more in line with a mobile phone, the PSP Go is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the current PSP-3000, and it packs a sliding screen, 16GB of flash memory, and integrated Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth and Memory Stick Micro support.

The PSP Go can double as a clock.

Sony said during its E3 press conference that it had reduced the price of PSP development kits by 80 percent. In explaining the functionality of the PSP Go to GameSpot sister site CNET, Sony public relations manager Al De Leon confirmed that one reason for making such a dramatic cut to the price of dev kits was to entice developers who aren't necessarily interested in making games.

"One thing we did announce at E3 was a significant reduction in the price of development tools for the PSP," he said. "The goal with that is to enable all sorts of developers to be able to develop content for the PSP. It will mostly be games, but there's certainly an opportunity to look at some non-gaming applications." De Leon's comments came as he was holding a PSP Go with a clock face prominently displayed on the device's screen.

Sony's move into the application space puts it in line with other mobile devices, such as Apple's ubiquitous iPhone. According to marketing analytics site Mob Clix, the iPhone's App Store currently offers more than 50,000 applications, 12,000 of which fall into the gaming category.

The PSP Go will launch in North America on October 1 for $249.99. For more on the device, check out GameSpot's hands-on from this year's E3.

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175 comments
BC20FLY
BC20FLY

I agree 16gb isnt enough even though you can add another memory stick of 16 gb it still isnt enough because I know Im gonna have a butt load of games and it wont be enough for guys like me who keep music and videos as well

condelirios
condelirios

PSP Go.. needs way more storage. Why not sell a 120GB Hard drive based model? The iPod classic isn't that thick... just add the drive! A little thicker will not bother us.. we want storage!

fester420
fester420

@hatieshorrer for one thing, it was revealed that the majority of older psp games will become downloadable when the psp go launches. and as for me personally, i haven't played my psp in over a year and sold pretty much all my games. also every game that is going to be released on umd will also be downloadable. there are also talks of a goodwill program that will allow you to trade your umd games for the digital download. and another thing is that the psp 3000 can't do everything a psp go can do. the psp go supports bluetooth connectivity not only allowing headset connectivity and mobile phone tethering but also giving it the ability to use a dualshock 3 controller.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@fester420 You dont get it. If you only want download games with short load times you can still get them on a PSP3000 or lower but if you buy a PSP Go you cant play any games that are UMD exclusives and if you trade your current model for a PSP Go you loose the ability to play any UMD games you already have. Also it isnt a mater of weather 16gigs is enough memory its the fact that a PSP3000 and a 16gig memory stick PRO DUO cost the same amount as a PSP Go and as I said before you miss out on any games exclusive to UMD and you get a smaller screen that probably cost less if you can get a PSP3000 that can do everything a PSP Go can do and more then the PSP Go should be less expensive maybe $199.99 seems like a fair price.

ariz3260
ariz3260

@ bowlingotter I agree with you on this one. Apple is definitely changing the landscape of gaming so much Sony probably feels the need to counteract somehow. Not sure if this will be successful though because this seems like an attempt to cater to the IPhone crowd, ppl typically that are not serious gamers. Its fine and dandy if Sony is going after this demographics, but as a traditional gamer, I would prefer to see Sony focus more on what it does well: development of ground breaking high quality software/hardware. I know in the current time frame they are probably under a lot of heat to come up with something just to show they are doing something to recapture their market share, I'm just hoping their ventures into PSP Go and other future handheld gadgets won't become too costly and doom them into any financial meltdown. Best of luck Sony

fester420
fester420

i can't understand why people are so upset that there is no umd drive and the screen is smaller. for one thing, the battery life will be much better and 2-minute loading times will be a thing of the past. and if you know anything about screen resolution, you will realize that a smaller screen equals less pixelation which has really bothered me with the psp. as for the people complaining about not being able to download anything because all they have is dial-up, get high speed internet, it's cheap nowadays. I haven't used dial-up in about 10 years, where have you guys been? as for people who are concerned that 16 gigs isn't enough space, you will always be able to delete and redownload the same game at no extra charge. i am really looking forward to this and can't wait to get one this october.

manly_eagle86
manly_eagle86

@scarface_psp - I've heard (unofficial obviously) that the price will be what the original PSP was. Was it 3 or 4 hundred?

acsam12304
acsam12304

i hope the new app will work with the PSPs from 1000-3000. hope Sony makes a update for it. . and it will be cool to watch you tube vids on my PSP 2000

scarface_psp
scarface_psp

i wonder how much the psp go would be in australia if any 1 knows plz tell me

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

This would have made sence if they had a touchscreen. Otherwise, why bother?

jerkface7
jerkface7

yeah 50% lighter and all they had to do was make the screen smaller and make ever game downloaded and since i still have dial up its going to be awesome what joy

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

A PSP 3000 cost $169.99 A 16 gig memory stick PRO DUO cast $79.99 So why buy a PSP Go for $249.99 when you can get a PSP 3000 with 16 gig memory stick for the same price that has a larger screen and UMD drive.

robbieeeeee
robbieeeeee

Seems to me like they are making it out to be more like the iPhone than anything.

Decrate
Decrate

im sticking with my psp 3000

Skat137321
Skat137321

It will come with the GT for PSP, at least that's what i understood

omg_GoW_pwner
omg_GoW_pwner

What is the point of blue tooth? Is it becoming a phone? I hope it won't be as costly as the iPhone plan if it is -.-.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This'll prob be 150 quid when it hits the UK. With a bit of bargain hunting around town you could probably get a good few goodies thown in too. I bought my 3000 around release day and got it for 130 with 4 games so it is possible.

ZenTsu
ZenTsu

@tekken220: Don't know how you go from the comment "grab one while you can" into "make psp games sell so poorly" In my opinion (and that's all it is) the PSP2000 is & will be a superior version of this console, the 2nd hand titles already available for a couple of pounds(uk). UMD movies already available, Removable Storage & in case of failure battery, Mp4/divx support. As well as the PSP store, so hyped on this 'revised' version. This will be much like the 1xxx - 54xx series of the original psx which through use of the serial port could be a vcd player, hooked up to a pc to hack cheat codes through cheat devices. After this model they removed the serial port. Overtime Sony constantly make changes to the hardware to limit its true capability... and just in case you think i mean piracy i mean by expanding what the hardware can really do. I understand my views may differ from yours, i hope now you see what i mean. Best regards -ZenTsu

necronaux
necronaux

Great. Now there'll be thousands of crapware for the PSP. 50,000 apps for the iphone? And paying $250 to use the PSP as a clock (above app shown), really? What a waste.

tekken220
tekken220

@ZenTsu Are you saying people should buy a PSP 2000 so they can help make PSP games sell so poorly?

maxgoh
maxgoh

see the price tag?... the cost to produce is lower than the 3000 model but the price is...! you know what, sony is going to share the sales profi of the psp go with game developer due to play free games by custom firmware all over the world. it is not fair for the developer to take all the lost of the piracy yet the system sales very good!

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Not my cup of tea.... id rather buy an iPhone and a DS/old PSP...

ZenTsu
ZenTsu

Grab a PSP2000 now while you still can folks

sj_nehama
sj_nehama

i already have a PSP3000... am seriously doubting now i will buy the PSP4000 :( they could really go off the charts and so something mind blowing but damn.......

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

This is all about the panic that the iPhone is starting to generate real games, and they're working. Why don't they concentrate on the one thing they have over the iPhone: BUTTONS. Just add a second analog stick and there you go, something no one else has.

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

@BLuFAlc0n Again I must completely disagree with you. Have you tried using touch sensitive buttons? Samsung had that on their phone, the E900 I believe (cant remember the model right now). The next generation didn't have it. Touch sensitive buttons are terrible, you never know if you pressed it or not. Seriously dude, why do all your comments suck?

soulcold
soulcold

Dont suck for second analog stick they have NOT put it. Get over it! Listen to Daughtry Over You

soulcold
soulcold

Dont suck for second analog stick they have NOT put it. Get over it! Listen to Daughtry Over You

rohail88
rohail88

This would have success written all over it if it had a second analog stick!

InsultToInjury_
InsultToInjury_

The price of the GO is putting me off I hate to say it. Its going for 230pounds and well I am not willing to pay that for a handheld or a larger console for that matter. For 230 I could get myself a PS3. But I am not disregarding it yet I am just going to wait till it comes down in price. The apps I doubt I will be interested in as I have a ipod touch I use that for.

lucky13jesse
lucky13jesse

if they drop the price a bit for the PSP Go, maybe i'll get one but for $249 i think i'll stick with the old PSP.

shkar
shkar

hope they don't screw it up.......

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

man, ...it'll be good, but it ain't touch screen.... the buttons should have been at least touch sensitive. it also needs a camera. I'm still getting it though..

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

IPhone has more than 50,000 crappy apps they mean. I would like to get my hands on a dev kit and the PSP Go and make what is supposed to be made for it...Games!

Kman8909
Kman8909

@gamingskater I didn't mean for my comment about a PSP phone to sound negative. I think it'd be cool if they could pull it off but I just don't want the PSP to go the way of the Nokia NGage. Also I don't want the thing to be useless for those who don't want to sign up for a cellphone plan. I don't know it's just a thought. If they could do it well then I'd be all for it.

axtenren
axtenren

Well, I rather have a psp go that can compete with iphone or itouch. It is still a game console first but it doesn't hurt if it can do more than that right?

axtenren
axtenren

I really want this. when is the psp 2 coming out? Can the prize of psp go will justify my time waiting for psp 2?

Echo13791
Echo13791

I feel the same way Leo, even though I know it will be a waste of money (at least for me)

LeoGoBezerk
LeoGoBezerk

I don't know why but i just want to have this in my pocket.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I love the PSPGo. I think I will ask the missus for one for Chrimbo this year. It'll sit nicely next to my 3000.

gamingskater
gamingskater

@Kman8909 ...the thought about the psp phone is gr8. i mean maybe that'll add more glamour to it and it will be complete. Nevertheless a simple gaming only console is fine with me. Anyways the non gaming apps support sounds cool. Lets See what quality apps we get...

shabulia
shabulia

I just want to know how scratch resistant the screen will be.

Kman8909
Kman8909

This is the first step. Next model will be the Sony PSP Phone...

Bladescorpion
Bladescorpion

Love my 2k, and I hope to dl the games I own with the goodwill program, as I will probably play it more and buy more games for it! Being a C#/C++/VB/ASP.Net/PHP developer, I would like a FREE dev kit to tinker with.

oldschoolKEN
oldschoolKEN

ah this is aggravating! I want a NEW psp, not a new design. This design would fit a NEW psp with 2 analog sticks. You realize guys that it really is just a matter of time though, right? It has to be.

Kris024
Kris024

Why the hell is Sony trying to compete with cell phone companies? Game systems are game systems and cell phones are cell phones.