Random PSP News.

No PS3 – Day 1. Over the weekend there was a flurry of activity about the PSP Go having a significantly faster CPU than the current models. Not so fast (literally and figuratively) according to engadget.

Looks like all that excitement over PSPgo’s faster (but likely to be underused) 480MHz processor is all for naught. Our friends at Engadget Japan have gotten in contact with Sony Computer Entertainment and been informed that the Maximum clock frequency mentioned here is for the USB device, not the CPU.

Damn. I knew it was too good to be true. Like a lot of other sites (present company included), the user comments are also more entertaining than the actual article. Same for the comments from the same article at joystiq. The reactions crack me up. I talked myself out of and into a PSP Go several times reading the various user diatribes. Good stuff.

PSP destined to outsell the Game Boy
I found this one via N4G. Read it closely or you are liable to make an ass out of yourself very quickly.

The PSP managed to sell 50 million units with sporadic software support. However, Sony and other companies are beefing up support for the handheld system with several blockbuster titles from blockbuster franchises. It will be hard to ignore the PSP with games like Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Resident Evil.

I am surprised that Sony has managed to push 50 million PSP units. That is pretty damn impressive. I have to go out on a limb and guess that the adoption rate is fairly high among PS2 and PS3 owners. In other words, brand loyalty matters.

PSP should be been UMD free?
And how about this gem from gossipgamers – the PSP was always intended to be UMD free.

“We’d planned to release a PSP model without a UMD drive since the very beginning,” said Matsui. He continues to say that if they had done it from the get-go, “there wouldn’t have been much for everyone to enjoy. We needed to prepare the right environment for it first – things like the transferral of content with the PS3 and PSN, and PC software to manage content like music and movies such as Media Go.

Have to admit that this one is a head scratcher. Makes you wonder WTF is wrong with the Sony marketing and PR folks. They need some handlers or something.

And more of the same from something called electricpig:

The end result? Sony appear to have made three mistakes. They’ve saddled consumers with a device that crosses two formats (UMD and digital downloads), have waited too long, with the Apple iPhone the digital download device of choice among most consumers now, and have still priced the PSP Go “too much” for most commentators. Will the Sony PSP Go thrive despite its format issues, high price and iPhone rival, though?

I can see folks being upset with the price; $249 is not exactly what you would consider cheap and it is certainly not on par with the current PSP ($169). I still do not get all the PSP go vs. iPhone comparisons. They both have digital downloads, and they both play games. One system plays quick and dirty types, while the other is an actual portable gaming system.


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