Thanks to a recently leaked episode of Qore, Sony’s own Monthly Video Game Program, the world now knows that the long-rumored PSP Go is a real piece of tech and it’s on its way. No one is really sure why this happened, but the episode went live to feature the series’ hostess speaking with SCEA Director of Hardware John Koller about Sony’s newest handheld system.
Within the leaked episode is also talk of a new PSP Metal Gear, Gran Turismo, and a first look at the previously announced LittleBigPlanet Portable. I’m thinking this covers just about all of the big news they had planned for the portable market at E3. Good job, Sony.
The system itself possesses a clever sliding design, showing only the gorgeous 3.8 inch screen when closed but opens to reveal a stupidly designed piece of hardware that looks even more uncomfortable to hold than the original model. Other than being ugly, the system houses shoulder buttons, face buttons, start/select, a d-pad, and only one analog nub.
Seriously, what’s the deal with that? The single biggest complaint most gamers have with the PSP is the lack of dual analog on the system. Aside from this stupid design choice and the overall ugly look of the system, the only other notable update is that the system has no UMD port whatsoever. All games you play on the Go must be downloaded from the Sony story and stored on the systems adequate internal memory. When that memory runs out you can always insert a Memory Stick, of course.
The system is meant to co-exist with the PSP 3000 model and will be released this fall.