Yep, that's a box
Sony's latest PSP turned up at the CNET Australia offices last week and we snapped a few pictures to find out what will be inside the box ahead of its 1 October Aussie launch.
Despite the fact that the Nintendo's DS family has outsold the PSP range (worldwide around 110 million versus 51 million), Sony hasn't given up on trying for the top spot. Its latest effort is the PSP Go, a significant reworking of the current PSP's look and feel. There's a slide-up screen, significantly slimmed down dimensions and Sony's proprietary UMD format has been junked in favour of digitally distributed software.
No prizes for intelligence
Feeling a bit like the apes at the beginning of
Free at last
The PSP Go displays no visible signs of elation at its impending freedom.
Ready to Go
Inside the Go's box you'll find the console itself, a mains charging cable, miniature power brick, USB PC sync cable and the new Media Go file management software to get content onto your device.
Party like it's, umm, 2009
The PSP Go is about two-thirds the size of the current PSP-3000 model and rests comfortably between your hands without your fingers getting all knotty behind it.
Under the hood
The four iconic face buttons, D pad and analog stick have been hidden below the sliding screen, helping to save space and keep the PSP Go small.
Back me up
Nothing to see back here. The UMD drive has been dumped, helping to keep the weight down to 108g; the PSP-3000 weighs 190g.
Top of the pops
The top of the unit houses a backlight intensity toggle with three brightness settings, volume adjustment and a mute button, as well as the left and right triggers.
On the bottom, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack and the PSP Go's new proprietary connector. On the sides (not pictured) are toggle switches for Wi-Fi connectivity and power/hold, as well as a slot for an M2 Memory Stick.
Nom nom nom
At 3.8 inches across, the PSP Go's screen is slightly smaller than the old model, but it's nice and bright — perfect for watching educational videos on how to work your new toy or the finer arts of eating biscuits.
Ground control to Major Tom
The original PSP pulls its smaller, younger sibling into its orbit.
On the Kate Moss diet
The latest PSP model considerably thinner than the original PSP.
Do I look big on this?
The PSP Go is about the same height as the original model, but it packs considerably less girth.
PSP Go versus Nintendo DS Lite
For better or worse, the one thing the PSP still doesn't have is two screens.
Battle, old school rules
Will today's kids remember the PSP Go with the same fondness we have for the original Nintendo Game Boy?
PSP Go versus Game Boy Color
Thankfully, a Pokemon version of the PSP will never happen.
PSP Go uber alles?
The PSP Go takes on all comers, young and old. Stay tuned for our review, which will be up later this week.