PSP No Go: PSP Go Fails Dismally in Japan


Sony’s latest update to the PSP, the UMD-less PSP Go, has done even worse in Japan than it did overseas, shifting a risible 28,275 units on its release day.

Famitsu’s pathetically bought off hype-mongering had suggested the model might sell in the region of 150,000 units – the PSP 3000 did indeed manage 140,000 units in Japan in only 4 days.

With the prospect of having to repurchase any existing games, the unit not having any compelling advantages over the PSP, and with retailers hating it for its potential effect on in-store game sales and the razor thin margins typical of consoles, its failure was none too hard to predict.

About the only nice thing anyone has had to say about the unit is that it has a very nice screen, but sadly for Sony’s marketers it is almost impossible to demonstrate this difference photographically without resorting to improbable Photoshops…

Via Hachimaki.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, the PSP Go is still better than the Virtual Boy pulled by Nintendo, at least it is actually portable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Saw a Go in my local Game Crazy.

    $230 used.

    I lol'd.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I liked the idea of the Go, but I think it should have been way cheaper. I really don't even carry UMDs around anymore because the optical drive kills the battery way faster than just running off my memory stick. I might buy a Go when the price comes -way- down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Operation Ten-Go

    Comment by HyperKnuckles99
    10:05 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now all we need to see fail next is the DSi LL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I don't know anybody who actually buys the games"

    uh right...

    I have about 16 right now. I like the UMD and packaging.

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    Comment by motaku96
    13:02 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is the go smaller than the regular psp?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes it is thus it may "save" space per-se

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    Comment by InfiniteNine
    02:42 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, including a smaller screen, but it has a few new features people might like. Honestly, I believe it's pretty stupid as I love having physical media to add to my collection. I have my 3000 hacked with 5.03 GEN-B for some homebrew applications/features, but I still buy my games. I recently purchased Disgaea 1+2 for it, and I've fallen in love with the 3000. I'm actually playing the Japanese MGS: Peace Walker demo I downloaded off PSN right now.

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    Comment by kira112
    11:11 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    am suppose to be getting psp go on x-mas just hope its hackable soon : /

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    Comment by El Chaos
    09:37 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "having to repurchase any existing games", "the unit not having any compelling advantages over the PSP", "retailers hating it for its potential effect on in-store game sales and the razor thin margins typical of consoles".

    Not to mention it goes for 26,800 yen, against the standard PSP's 16,800 pricepoint.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    good thing i found out that one of my classmates had one and tried to check it out if its really that good i dare say its good as a media player being 16GB and all plus the sliding screen how ever for gaming not that its really ideal for short if not long time playing the system itself fails from marketing seriously if one is really an economical person buying what you have already bought is just a waste of money.... seriously plus crunchy buttons... tsk tsk its a hard wield there

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey you PlayStation Fucks read this!!

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    Comment by JanusVX
    08:43 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    your obviously the airhead. You really didnt take in that most people rejected that statement. The 360 is where it is because of its own faults, not solely because of another console. The PS3 is superior in its own means and that cannot be argued.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 continue to impress and PSP go sells more
    than wii

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 05/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, troll

    The PSP numbers also include the bigger PSP 3000 sales, which it seems to have been spured buy the fail PSP Go (so I guess PSP Go was good for something. Everyone who really wanted one has a Wii.

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    Comment by mi
    22:10 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    go is overpriced right now
    i might buy one in the future, when pirated
    well, it looks sexy that's why

    same with ps3 --- im started waiting like, when the ps3 first released! and until now...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad idea is bad.... who didn't see the failure of the PSP GO coming from a mile away.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like good idea with bad support.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    23:44 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the control sucks as well. I have large fingers and I can't play shit on it

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get this one, damn yeti:

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh I loled hard!! nice find haha

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i used to thing the gbasp had the best controls of any portable console, till i reached twelve, grew, and my hands slowly started to engulf the little console :(

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    Comment by basilio
    23:57 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the biggest problem is not the lack of an UMD drive, but rather the huge increase in price despite there being no significant upgrades (and also the downgrade in the form of the removal of the UMD drive).

    If it's priced at around the same price as the PSP-3000, it would've enjoyed a lot more sales. Not stellar, but better than what is observed here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The PSP GO now can GO to the garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the PSP had an accelerometer and a touch screen (ala iPod touch) and it wouldn't have failed so badly. To me its just a failure on Sony's part for not having the slightest idea what the PSP GO! is marketed for.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Note to Sony: Forget hardware updates, make some FUCKING GOD DAMN GAMES TO PLAY ON IT

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    Comment by Rukia
    22:42 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i work for Game in the UK, and at the store i work we only managed to shift 5 of them, we have sent back quite a few of them leaving only 10 left in the store XD

    i knew this was gonna be epic fail XD

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    Comment by Anim3Fr33K
    22:33 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am a rather large sony fanboy and have always supported sony, but the Go is just bad, we need consoles with optical media drives. So i hate to say it but im happy to see the Go fail, hopefully the PSP2 will have a UMD drive or a scale up of the UMD.

    Comment by Schrobby
    12:15 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony deserves the epic fail. The PSP go is shit and sells like shit, just as it should be.

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    Comment by DK
    22:40 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what came into Sony's mind while coming up with the PSP Go...? Lingering trauma from the failure of UMD movies, perhaps?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's Business 101. You want more profit? You cut the middlemen. The reason why PSP Go failed is because regular PSP can do most things that PSP Go could offer. And no developers would be insane enough to develop exclusive titles for PSP Go only and cut out the regular PSP. Sony screwed this one up. But mark my words, the PSP2 will be download only right from the start. So people can't complain about the removal of features in later revisions. Either you are gonna put up or shut up. That's Sony style for ya.

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    Comment by Frans
    10:04 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No... probably iPod Touch/iPhone.

    And my thought on some of the other comments...

    Physical media always have more value than digital download (obviously), but moving forward it's much more efficient to have digital media than physical, and the trend at least for handheld is moving that way. There are obviously be pluses and minuses moving into that direction but probably in the next gen of handheld all of the handheld will be download only.

    The install to HD console (PS3?)... PSP I believe have similar architecture to PS2 which have that hard to emulate GS with EDRAM... so probably no direct copy except going to God of War 1/2 route where the devs make a special PS3 edition... and not to mention licensing stuff.

    As for playing PS2 games on PSP... I don't know exactly the power consumption of PS2 chip, but probably it wouldn't fit for handheld. PSP basically a scaled down PS2. To offer near perfect compatibility with PS2, they probably need to shove PS2 hardware in it.

    But why not PSP2? Since PSP numbers is still good, why introduce a completely new hardware? Right now probably PSP is in its best shape so to suddenly introduce next gen PSP is stupid.. and it isn't like the PSP is underpowered.

    The biggest problem I see with PSP Go isn't the lack of UMD or the sliding form factor or the ergonomics of the keypad... but the price. Sony basically putting a premium on it, which probably will have (or wouldn't have.. see my last paragraph) a hard time in Japan since they are competing with DS only and not iPod Touch/iPhone like in the US.

    Last, what people didn't notice is that this is the release day number as in the 1st day sales! only one day! Whether it will reach 150000 in 4 days or not, for a first day sales it's surely a good number.

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    Comment by Exa
    22:39 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree. The concept of digital distribution is sound.

    I have a PSP1000 and all of my games are on the 4GB memory stick. I don't know anybody who actually buys the games. It's just too much of a hassle, carrying around a deck of UMD's. Optical media is on the way out.

    The real error was not giving people a chance to reuse the games they'd already payed for. Also, I don't think shrinking the screen made any sense. Also, the form factor on the old one is just perfect, buttons to the left and right of the display.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good God yes.
    The psp go looks like you would be playing games on a cell phone with the buttons underneath.
    Not very comfortable for long term play, especially for larger hands.

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    Comment by First Posting Idiot
    08:09 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure if the PSP2's games will be able to be played from a memory stick(or some new version of it), but if they could, that's what I would go for. You could have 8-16(or more) GB Memory sticks for sale in stores dedicated to a single game, with 2-3 memory stick drives on the PSP2 in case you need to run 2 or more for fast loading, or you want to take extra stuff with you. The Memory sticks would have plenty of room for a single game or HD movie, and they'd have extra space for patches or DLC. With such a small storage device, carrying them with you wouldn't be a problem. I think it would work as long as there's some kind of fair piracy controls.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    03:25 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Notice how the PSP is the console with the single worst tie ratio of all current systems (2.37, less than three games sold per unit), the UMD was a massive flop on almost every level, so that's probably why Sony thought this move would end up being beneficial for the system's absolutely dismal and laughable software sales... at least for them, that is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see how it's sound at all, i know plenty of peaople who would rather go in the store and buy there game just to save the hassle for signing up and such. Think about it, say for example a dad buys a psp go for his son, it's very confusing for new peaple using any type of gaming machine to sign up and register with things. This is the reason that whilst all the main consoles try and boast about being family friendly, the Wii wins because it has no signup procedure. Not even close to the annoyance of the 360 or ps3.

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    Comment by InfiniteNine
    02:48 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another reason is physical media is nice to have around, has the ability to be resold, or lent. When I first got my PSP I didn't have any games and I was going to be out for about 2 weeks, so my buddy just lent me some of his games. Also the sign-up procedure thing is bullocks. I don't know about XBL but PSN practically holds your hand through the process, so there is no logical reason to be confused unless you're just plain stupid. I'm pretty sure the XBL procedure is pretty simple as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hexa: "The concept of digital distribution is sound."

    Yes, if it's implemented acceptably.

    Here's what's holding it back:

    #1: Privacy. Current digi-distro models require you to set up accounts, make electronic payments, etc. In this era of corporate- and governmental- Big-Brotherism, vacuuming data en-masse, it's not good for one's job prospects / apartment rental / insurance / etc. to let it escape that you buy ero-games or pr0n. Promises of confidentiality are worthless.

    With the current retail system, I can walk in to a store, get my pr0n, plunk down cash, and walk out. I like that.

    #2: Recoverability. If I use an electronic download, there'd better be a way for me to save it to media (flash card, etc.) readable by my device. The "we have a record of all the games you've purchased; if your device breaks and you get a new one, you can re-download your games/music/etc."-approach is unacceptable (see issue #1).

    People already have been burned by music services (Microsoft's, for one) which took their servers off-line because it 'cost them too much'. The fools who purchased music via that service "lose" their music if anything happens to their device.

    #3: Purchase token. I want *something* I can use to prove I bought the game/music/whatever, which isn't tied to me as an individual, and which I can sell. Game/Music-company-manufactured DVDs, CDs, and flash-cartridges currently serve this purpose. I can take "my" CD and sell it to a used record store; as long as I don't use any "backup copies" after selling it, that is fair.

    Media companies hate re-sales, which is why they're trying to get rid of media-company-provided media.

    #4: Cost-offloading. If I have to provide my own media (CD, flash stick, etc.), the media company had damned-well better reduce the price I pay for a game/song/etc. by the amount it costs me to buy my media.

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    Comment by basilio
    23:53 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I don't know anybody who actually buys the games."

    ... I think Sony would like you to actually purchase the games, instead of downloading them...

    But yah, if you didn't pay for the games on the original PSP, I don't think you'll be paying for the games on the PSP Go anyways. Only the people who actually bought the games get the short end of the stick.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    22:52 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    tl;dr: A step back in evolution.

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    Comment by InfiniteNine
    03:30 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If actually owning the things you buy is a step back, then call me old-fashioned. My shelf of games is pretty nice to look at and proof that I own them. I can also grab a game take it over to a friends house, and play it on their systems instead of having it tied to only ONE device and having to drag my PS3/360/Wii/whatever along with me.

    One of the drawbacks of DD is storage space, so say I want to download a game I've purchased. I'd have to take into consideration the the amount of space it takes, the space left on my PSP's memory stick, and if I even have access to the internet at that moment. Pretty much if you don't have the appropriate storage you'll have to delete something, and if you happen to want the software again you need access to the internet at that time.

    Now the stupid thing about the Go is that it doesn't really offer anything that the 3000 can already do except for a few throwaway features. You can already download games to it's memory stick, and the 16GB cards recently took a price drop with the introduction of the 32GB card. You can essentially get all the Go has to offer with the 3000 and more.

    What I'm saying is that there is no viable reason to pay the same price for what is essentially data on a memory stick, when you can get the software with a nice cover, a manual, and the actual software on physical media. NOW if they actually priced most digital downloads at a lower rate then I'd agree, but right now it's cheaper to walk into a used game store/go on craigslist/trade with a friend than it is to buy digitally. I'm using some data from XBL and PSN articles I've read a while back so correct me if I'm wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm. i think people who don't want to bother with the technical stuff also don't want this thing. i know it's pretty easy to get your games into a memory card but i know a lot of gamers who don't even touch a pc.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    23:04 02/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I agree with both Anim3Fr33k's and Hexa's points. With some ideas of my own:

    I think there'll always exist a need for physical optical media. Hear me out.

    !. There's a certain amount of comfort in knowing you have a hard copy of the game you've bought, just in case something happens to the game on the console. I realize this is just a subjective matter, but still has it's validity.

    2. Why can't there be a way to install from the UMD onto the console's HD? I mean, miniaturization is getting more and more advanced as time rolls on, so why not?

    It's pretty early and this is what I came up with on the spur of the moment. That, and I need moar coffee in me. Pardon me while I go brew some. -_-

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    Comment by Roninracer
    06:17 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well you probably will be able to once the Go gets hacked.

    Of course you would have to own a original PSP for the UMD drive and have that hacked too so you can create the ISO's.

    If Sony was smart, they would make the PSP be able to play PS2 games and sell it with software that let you rip and copy the PS2 game ISO over to it. Then they would still be able to control the medium and add huge value to this mobile platform.

    On my hacked PSP I am playing converted PS1 games all the time. I would not hesitate to support Sony if they updated the hardware such that it could play PS2 games.

    That's the really sad an pathetic thing here. Sony doesn't take care of the people who have historically bought their stuff and always try to stop unintended product use. And that is exactly why hundreds of people are out there just waiting to hack the next thing they come out with.

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    Comment by InfiniteNine
    02:54 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There does hold some sense of security owning a physical copy of your software, because when you buy a digital copy of something it doesn't really feel like you bought anything. All you really have less MBs free on your memory stick. I also agree with you on optional game asset installs (You might have been talking about full game copy though), I do it for on my PS3 and I wouldn't mind doing it on my PSP for an extra boost in loading speed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    prob with discs is they can break at anytime consumers feel safer when their file is digital and unaffected by real world

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    Comment by First Posting Idiot
    08:35 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A good point, but you would almost certainly be able to re download a game if something happened.

    For example, your PSP Go gets run over by a car(whether or not you put it there), and you send it to get repaired. They will be able to know what games you bought either by your User I.D. or the Drive itself, and either put it on a new drive for you, or allow you to re-download it.

    I don't own one, so I don't know if they let you re-download the games with your I.D. whenever you want or not, but if they don't, they'll likely use one of the methods I mentioned if it breaks.

    I'm still not getting one, I'll wait for the PSP2. The only thing I really want for it is Metal Gear Peace walker, but i could just get a used PSP for that.(my 1000 model is screwy)

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    Comment by Roninracer
    06:00 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Digital is easier, just re-download. And so easy to keep backups too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Having digital copies of a game is useful, considering if you happen to break the UMD or otherwise, but look around and you notice that some games require a UMD to access certain functions.

    DJ Max Portable series have an option called "Link Disc" where you swap discs to access new features. DJ Max Portable Black Square edition can link with the series' Clazziquai edition to unlock new features within the Black Square edition. Simply put, some games might be worth it to pay for them, if you're enough,a die-hard fan.

    But the prospect of paying to download fairly sickens me. I think the deal is that game piracy involves more than one person lending a game to a friend. More like they copy the game, upload it to the internet via sharing site, and thus many people have access, reducing game sales.

    They should give up. The more they try to secure the system, the more strength the fanbase will put into cracking those systems.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    16:26 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay.... re-downloading is an option. But suppose you have to pay for another download? And it's the same price Sony was gonna charge you for the digital copy of the game in the first place (plus, from what I recall, the price for the digital copy was gonna equal a physical UMD's price)?

    And I dislike the ability of someone to know what games I play. They can then either market (ie: spam the shit out of my email inbox from third parties), or tell the police if I have something I've gotten off the 'Net due to a friend's generosity (a copy of a game which might not make it to my side of the Rock). It's only game piracy when you download and sell what you've gotten. Sharing between friends should never factor in, but the legal vultures still count that as technical piracy.

    Demos of upcoming titles might help whet the appetites of avid gamers in that area, but I haven't seen as many demos floating around these days as when Sony used to start marketing their PS1 on the American Market. Have they forgotten that most of us prefer to play before buying?!?

    Anyway, the consumers rarely get heard out unless we speak with a loud enough voice. That, or live in Japan and actively buy/play their domestic games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    plus, you can fix most scratches on CD's DVD's and Blu-rays

    I don't think it's as easy to fix lost memory or corrupted files

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    Comment by giascle
    00:14 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd think it's much more likely the software gets screwed up than you break a thick piece of plastic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hardly. I know of plenty of people who've broken or lost their UMDs. How would the "software get screwed up"? Even if your memory stick fails or gets lost you can just re-download it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    note on physical media, it's something that will alway's have value, the need to take your catridge wherever you wanted with saved data stored into it way back was the pinnacle of this ideal, the fact that you own a game that has your imprint on it can't be duplicated by storage media that stays on a console, easily copyied, replicated, and moved, it doesn't have the same appeal

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Optical media such as the UMD is the worst thing you want to load your games from. The loading times on these devices are so long, they just ruin the game experience.

    Like others said, the best of the both world is the installation system. Be it from an authenticated online source, an optical drive, a stick or whatever, the installation system is the way to go.

    The biggest problem of the PSP Go! is :
    "You bought games for the PSP ? Ooooh, that's too bad... you'll have to buy them again... It's a shame, isn't it ?". This kind of attitude ain't attract buyers. Marketing schemes have limit too...
    Plus there's a bad side of this PSP Go! system. One could speculate that, in future firmware, your PSP will require you to connect to an authentication server once in a while to verify that your games are genuine (Greetings DRM) and bring a lot of problems that you wouldn't have with a cracked PSP with a stick.

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    Comment by Roninracer
    06:06 03/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget that the UMD drive eats a lot more power than a memory stick.

    And the ergonomics of the Go is terrible compared to the not-so-good psp. I can't tell you how many times I had to stop playing a game on the psp because my wrists and fingers hurt. The go is even worse than that.
    Although for some reason my game boy advance is pretty comfortable even though it's much smaller.

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