Sony PSP Go Unboxed and Exposed

Matt Peckham
PC World
Thursday, October 1, 2009; 12:18 AM

Here's to the new PSP, same as the old PSP--except not quite. It's smaller, lighter, and conspicuously missing that noisy trap-door you could open and fill with discs, lint, cat hair, potato chip crumbs...err, did I mention discs?

Our review's still forthcoming, but here's a glimpse at the system, fresh from its cardboard housing.

Lo and behold, a box inside a box! I've trimmed the picture to give you a better look at it, making it seem larger than it is. It's actually comparable to the DSi's retail package, or an ultra-compact digital camera's.

See the lower-right corner of the box? It goes out of its way to highlight the Go's internal 16GB of flash memory, suggesting (by way of distinction) that Sony's already planning to market higher-capacity branded models. Imagine future models with internal storage banks ranging from 32 up to 64GB. It's too bad Sony didn't introduce more than one model at launch, opting to sell the current 16GB model at PSP-3000 pricing ($170), and justifying the Go's $250 boutique price tag with a 32 or 64GB model.

The box also offers a disclaimer in fine print (that's it in the upper-left-hand corner):

This device does not have a UMD drive. PlayStation Network account and Internet access are required to download games and other copyright-protected content.

No surprises then, but dispiriting for gamers with sizable UMD libraries (who'll have to buy their games online all over again) just the same.

You won't get this little pamphlet with yours, but it harbors a few modestly intriguing bits. Inside there's a page called "Games to look for" with shots from forthcoming titles like LittleBigPlanet, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier, and Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake. Also: A peripherals page listing the Memory Stick Micro M2 (upgradeable storage), charge cradle, carrying cases, screen protective film, in-ear headset, the Dualshock 3 wireless controller and Bluetooth wireless headset, AV cables, an AC adapter and car adapter, and the Go's proprietary USB cable.

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