Details of Sony’s latest handheld have emerged, and the device seems to incorporate some interesting innovations.
The most notable internal change is that the UMD (Sony’s proprietary CD/DVD drive solution for the PSP) is to be scrapped, which will doubtless please many.
Another major change is clearly directly linked to this: the PSP Go gains a very reasonable 16GB of solid state memory, along with a slot allowing use of another memory device. Bluetooth support is also added.
The balance of probability suggests Sony intends online distribution of content to the device via its own PlayStation Network, which is exactly what Nintendo is trying with its latest DS iteration.
The most immediately noticeable change is of the course the redesigned slimline form of the case, using a slide-out form factor familiar from mobile phones, and by the looks of it allowed by the removal of the relatively bulky optical drive. The design is being compared to a previous Sony product, the “mylo”, and indeed it is the spitting image of that device.
The PSP Go is set for release in the Autumn of 2009.
New Gran Turismo and Metal Gear titles are set to be amongst the flagship games for the console.
Curiously, the PSP Go will apparently not directly replace the PSP 3000, instead being sold alongside it. Just how this will work out is an interesting question…
Via Itai News.