I know, I know, what the hell am I thinking right? The PSP Go was a flop – and that was in 2010! Well, I didn’t play the PSP Go in 2010 but I’ve played it in 2011 and you know what, I absolutely love it.
Believe me, I could have never imagined me saying this as recently as a month ago – I had no interest in the PSP Go whatsoever and was more than happy with my PSP Slim & Lite……or so I thought anyway.
As much as I loved my PSP, it dawned on me recently that, despite the fantastic games in my collection, I rarely, if ever played anything but the demos and PSone classics saved onto my memory stick. Be it a trip to the toilet or a trip to another country, I simply couldn’t be bothered taking a UMD out of its case and putting it into the PSP. I know that all sounds incredibly lazy on my part but it always felt like too much of a commitment.
The other problem (travel rather that toilet related) is that the PSP, even in the slim & lite iteration, always felt a little too big for day to day portable gaming. It’s hardly Game Gear big but with the UMDs along for the ride too, the amount in my pockets soon added up.
That of course brings me to the PSP Go. It’s not only a perfect size for actual portable gaming but the flash memory and downloadable titles means that I have instant access to all my games from the moment I switch the console on. Yeah, I know they’re a bit more expensive to download and you certainly can’t trade in your games when you’re done with them, but in the case of portable gaming, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a big fan of physical media when it comes to console gaming and I do enjoy the ownership aspect of having the disc and art work sitting on my shelf, but when it comes to portable gaming, well, consider me a convert.
Other than solving some of the, admittedly very personal problems I had with the traditional PSP, there is also the little matter of the PSP Go looking absolutely beautiful. Even with the upcoming release of the 3DS and NGP, the PSP Go is still the best looking handheld of all time as far as I’m concerned. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of the silver lining on the traditional black PSP Go but the Pearl White release….wow, now that’s a good looking piece of hardware.
It may not be to everyone’s tastes but I for one am genuinely surprised by the quality and more importantly the convenience that comes with owning a PSP Go. The history books will have it down as an experimental flop but as far as I’m concerned, Sony’s PSP Go is a huge success.
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