First off I would like to say that Sony's handling of the 10 free games promotion has been a disgrace. They made the procedure for getting it quit clear in the Terms and Conditions, so no one can complain about that. If you weren't aware of them, it's the retailer you bought from not providing the information. However lots of people have been waiting over 30 days, and some over 40. If you are in this scenario, phone the customer helpline, and if they don't send the code within a couple of days, ask to make an official complaint stating they are breaching their own terms and conditions. Personally I waited exactly 2 weeks for the code.
Anyway.... the PSP itself. I've had an original PSP since they were released. Loved it to bits and played it very often. It's problem was it was too nig, heavy, noisy due to the UMD drive and as I bought more DLC from the PSN network, the 8GB memory stick I had was no longer sufficient. So how does the go compare?
- More expensive than a PSP-3000
- Battery life.... I don't think I've got much more than 4 hours in a single charge. If it had double the capacity, would be nearly a perfect console for my needs.
- The screen is half an inch smaller than the standard PSP (although it is better quality as mentioned before)
- If you have larger hands... I'd imagine you'd probably get cramp quite easily, and the L and R buttons might be hard to reach with the screen slid up.
- incredibly lightweight and portable. Only a little bigger than most smartphones
- very vibrant screen with excellent colour depth
- 16GB internal storage (although your 10 free games take up about 10GB of the 14gb usable)
- Double the capacity by getting an M2 memory stick for less than the price of a game.
- charges from USB! Although I think the PSP slims do... my PSP-1000 did not!
- Storing games on the memory stick makes them load very quickly! I've noticed on some games you don't even have the time to read the loading screen
- If you have smaller hands like myself, it's very oomfortable to use as the buttons are smaller and closer together.
Now that's the hardware out of the way. What about the PSN store?
- Not all new titles are on the PSN store. Not a problem if you have another PSP but some major titles have not been on PSN since the go was released (Dissisia, Kingdom Hearts for example)
- 3rd party games are very expensive. Expect to pay £30 for a game you can buy on UMD for £20. However Sony DOES NOT SET THIS PRICE! All of the games Sony Publishes are very reasonably priced might I add. Expect them to be on the store for £15-!8. In fact the new God of War Game is going to be £17 on the PSN store I am led to believe... and £22 to pre order on UMD from Amazon as I type this.
- Larger games take AGES to download! Even via Mediago, a 1gb+ game will take a good 2 hours to download.
- Ever expanding number of essential titles on PSN for between £6 and £8, and most are good quality
- Mini's, whilst varying in quality and value; there are some real gems here!
- PsOne classics. Not as big a selection as the US store, but again some incredible value to be had here. Most games £3.49 with some of the big name titles (MGS, Final Fantasy) costing £7.99.
- If you have multiple PSP's, you can download the games you buy to up to 5 oonsoles. (although not 10 free games, which must be used on a PSP go)
- Some great games among the 10 free games, although are a couple of filler ones that you wouldn't dream of buying unless they were free!
No doubt about it, this is a niche product. If you already own a PSP, and PSN content, and are looking for something more portable. This is perfect. If you are looking into buying your first PSP. I'd recommend a PSP slim and lite, the massive back catalogue on UMD is simply not substituted for on the PSN store, despite the cheaper value range, plus second hand UMD games are generally quite cheap. Not forgetting of course every single thing on the PSN store can be purchased and downloaded to a standard PSP.