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PSP Go First Impressions

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So, I am now officially a proud (yes I said it, PROUD) owner of the PSP Go and I would like to share my experience thus far with this new intriguing device.  I’ll let you know a little bit about the look and feel of the handheld, as well as what comes with it.  Also, my apologies on the length.

First of all, lets get it out of the way, YES IT COSTS TOO MUCH.  I would like to stress the fact that I am on your side about this, I wish it was cheaper, but I really wanted it and I could afford it at the time so there, we’ve mentioned it, and now we’re moving on.

The first thing I really noticed about the PSP Go when I opened it up was the size.  It is SMALL.  I mean, I knew it was supposed to be smaller, but dang.  To compare, when it’s shut it it almost the exact same size as an iPhone.  And when I say its almost the same size, I also mean thickness.  Without having to worry about a UMD drive in there, it really allowed Sony to slim this thing down quite a bit.  Now the first thing that jumped into my mind after seeing the size  was – with a device this small is it going to be uncomfortable in my hands when I’m playing video games?  Well there was only one way to find that out so I slid that sucker open and checked out the control scheme.  Not bad.  REALLY not bad.  In fact, I actually prefer it to the older models.  The D-Pad is sunk in a little and gives a feeling of more control, plus all the buttons for some reason feel more stable including the analog nub.  The shoulder buttons, which are now behind the sliding up screen , feel ok.  My only concern for the shoulder buttons are the fact that they’re behind the screen and that may be uncomfortable for gamers with slightly larger hands, but for me they feel fine.

The PSP Go comes with a few things to make life a little easier for its owner – a multipurpose charging cable, Media Go 1.1, a voucher to download Rock Band (haven’t played it yet so I don’t know if it’s a full version or not), and it also comes pre-loaded with a demo for Patapon 2.  Let’s start with the multipurpose charging cable.

The charging cable is made up of two separate components, starting from the PSP Go the first cable on one side plugs into the Go and the other side is a USB connector so you can plug it into your computer to use Media Go (we’ll get to that later), then the other half of the cable has a USB port on one side so you can connect it to the first half and then a standard wall plug on the other side to charge it from the wall.  Good move by Sony so that you don’t have a separate cable for charging and connecting to the computer.

Next is Media Go.  I will go ahead and admit that I did not have the best first impression of Media Go due to the fact that at first it would do nothing but crash on my computer.  Let me explain exactly what happened.  The installation went fine, there were no problems and it didn’t take long for it to complete.  Upon starting Media Go for the first time, you will be asked if you would like to import your iTunes libraries to the Media Go.  My suggestion: DO NOT DO THIS!  Uncheck those boxes and move on because this is where I ran into a very big problem.  I left the boxes checked so it imported all of my videos from my iTunes library (short videos about programming for the iPhone which I downloaded straight from iTunes).  Well as soon as I got to the home screen for the Media Go, I get an error message stating that Media Go has crashed and will close.  Crap.  Well I opened it back up, hoping that I would get better luck the second time, and crash.  Double crap.  The second time, however, I was given a little more insight to what the problem may be –  there was a message at the bottom of the screen that said a couple of my videos had potential problems in them.  After reinstalling Media Go a few times and deleting those videos off of iTunes (which never deletes them off of Media Go) I still wasn’t getting anywhere so I called Sony customer support to get some help.

I waited only a few minutes before I got through and the really nice lady who answered informed me I was her first call about the PSP Go.  To make an already long story a bit shorter, they couldn’t help me because it was files not associated with the Media Go which were causing the problem.  For those of you who left those cursed boxes checked and had the same thing happen to you, here’s the solution: go HERE and download the Media Go 1.2 software.  Then run Media Go, it’ll give you the same error message except it’ll ask you if you want to clear everything out of your libraries.  Select yes and then it should work.  You’re welcome.

So that’s about it, I’m currently downloading games as we speak.  I’m not completely satisfied with the library of games on the Playstation Store right now (no Final Fantasy games at ALL) but hopefully they’ll fix that soon.  All in all it’s a pretty awesome machine and don’t regret paying the steep price since this is my first PSP to own.  For those of you who want a PSP now and have never had one, I recommend this one.  For those of you who want a PSP but $249 is too expensive, either wait for the price to go down or you can still purchase one of the older models.  And for those of you who already have a PSP, there’s really no reason to switch unless you really like new things because you’ll lose all your games in the process.  Hope this helps!  If you have one, let me know what you think about it in the comments!

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  • Hmph

    Final Fantasy VII is on the store.

  • Oh yeah, sorry I should have specified, I meant none of the Final Fantasy games that were released for PSP are on the Playstation Store. Final Fantasy Crisis Core and Dissidia: Final Fantasy for example.

  • Good write up. What do you think of how things look on the screen and do you have issues with seeing the screen in different lighting?

  • @TeeTocks good question. The screen is amazing. It’s like watching a small HDTV. As far as lighting goes, there’s a button on top of the Go which changes the brightness of the screen between 3 different brightnesses which are good for any kind of lighting. It looks great!