"VERY Dissapointing"0.5 starson by broo2
Pros: Small form factor; Good Screen dpi
Cons: No support for former PSP devices; no UMD upgrade options; proprietary memory upgrade (M2); poor ergonomics; same CPU/hardware as 8 years ago for a $250 premium
Summary: This device is a slap-in-the-face for any former PSP owners; all reverse compatibility has been ditched- hardware, memory card and UMD discs- and there are no plans for UMD upgrades to digital format. I would like to play Patapon on a PSP Go, but I am not paying $20 again for a game that I already own on UMD.
The device looks decent, and it is just about pocket-sized- but offsetting the analog stick to the center makes for an awkward holding position- especially if you are playing a game that needs the L/R shoulder buttons (which are under the screen when opened- another annoyance).
Lack of a removable battery is a hindrance if I want to use it on a long flight, and battery life has not improved in spite of the omission of the UMD drive.
Sony still continues to use their own proprietary memory card formats- this time they are going for a 'Memory Stick Micro M2'- which looks very similar to a MicroSD, but works only in this device and Sony Ericsson phones.
Games for this system can only be purchased from the Sony store and initial indications are that Sony will charge full retail for downloaded games- so no possible game sales at the local Target, no used games at GameStop and no options for trading/selling your used games. This reduces the actual value of the games to me significantly.