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E3 ’09: PSP go Leads a Huge Wave of PSN Content

Peter Dille's Avatar + Posted by Peter Dille on Jun 02, 2009 // Senior Vice President, Marketing & PlayStation Network

Hello, PlayStation Nation! E3 is the most exciting time of the year in videogames, and I wanted to share with you all some more insight into the news we just announced – specifically on the PSP platform and with our PlayStation Network.

We’ve been saying that 2009 will be a breakout year for the PSP because of the killer software lineup that no other handheld can match. Well, the PSP story is even stronger now with the unveiling of the PSP go, the newest addition to the PlayStation Portable family that is sure to be the “must-have” device for consumers seeking the deepest gaming and entertainment experience on-the-go. PSP go is sleek, pocket-sized, and 100 percent digital. This is the PSP designed for those of you who are completely comfortable downloading and storing digital media, and it’s ideal for anyone who considers themselves an early adopter of the latest and greatest technology. After talking extensively with consumers and our publishing partners, we know that now is the time to introduce PSP go. It will live alongside the current PSP-3000, and I should note that for those who prefer disc-based content, we remain committed to the UMD format, which will continue to be available at retail.

Here’s a quick look at the key specs:

  • The most portable PSP ever, PSP go is more than 50 percent smaller and more than 40 percent lighter than the original PSP we launched in 2005
  • A stylish sliding screen maintains the high resolution and vibrant visuals of the PSP-3000
  • Replacing the UMD drive is 16GB of internal flash memory to store plenty of games, videos, music, and photos
  • Memory Stick Micro slot offers expandable storage up to 16GB
  • Bluetooth support

Check out this brief video walk-through of the PSP go, courtesy of John Koller.

Whether you’re ready to purchase PSP go on launch day (October 1), or you’re already part of the PSP family with an existing model, we know that there’s plenty of demand for digital content on your PSP. PlayStation Network is your lifeline for this content, and we’re expanding our offering in a big way to deliver what you want. Over the last year, we’ve spent a lot of time evolving the network for PLAYSTATION 3, as the “always-online” system, and now we’re bringing that expertise over to enhance the PlayStation Network experience on the PSP with exciting new digital content and services. Starting today, you’ll be able to access the video delivery service of PlayStation Store directly on your PSP. No more downloading through a PC or PS3 first – just connect your PSP to a Wi-Fi Internet hotspot and you’ll have access to the thousands of movies and TV episodes available for rental or purchase. The volume of video content is growing weekly – in fact, we’ve announced 16 new content partners from Hollywood, anime, and sports, including Showtime, Starz, G4 & E!, Anime Network, UFC, and TNA, to name a few. Both PSP and PS3 owners will be able to enjoy this entertainment content, which will be rolled out this week. All of this is in addition to the broad range of games available on PlayStation Store.

And speaking of games, that’s what E3 is all about, so here’s a snapshot of what’s in store this year:

  • Beginning this fall, PlayStation Store will offer digital versions of many UMD games from the PSP’s library, as well as all upcoming titles, including Gran Turismo PSP, which was unveiled to the world at E3. We know you’ve been waiting patiently for the world’s biggest racing franchise to come to PSP, and your patience will be rewarded with a title that made jaws drop when we showed the demo at our press conference today. Newly announced PSP exclusives like Konami’s Metal Gear: Peacewalker and Capcom’s Resident Evil will also be available in digital format, as will LittleBigPlanet when it launches this year.
  • We’ve heard loud and clear that you want more classics from the PlayStation vault. Today we’re launching fan favorites, Final Fantasy VII and Medal of Honor. By the end of the year, the number of PSone games will double to nearly 60 titles. You’ll be able to enjoy these classics on the big screen with PS3 or on-the-go with PSP.
  • And, the PlayStation Network is an incubator for small, creative developers, and we unveiled some innovative titles at E3, including Gravity Crash and Hustle Kings for PS3 and Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake for PSP.

Worldwide there are now 24 million of you accessing the PlayStation Network, and we’re working hard to bring you the best games and entertainment content. As you can tell, that push for more content kicks off today, but you should check back throughout the week to see what else is up our sleeve.

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+ wormdrink on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm said:

Found it really successful today.


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm said:

I want a bundle


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm said:

with Assassins’s Creed PSN voucher


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+ forzanerazzurri on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm said:

VIDEO STORE FOR CANADA???


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm said:

$250 is too much, don’t you think? $200 is the much more fitted price


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+ GHenrik on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm said:

NEW FIRMWARE NEW FIRMWARE!

Yay!


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+ BrunoM on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

Kool .. like he said it was one of the worst secrets lol…

humm can any one from the playstation blog tell me how come they didnt talk more about the psn on the new psp “GO” .. almost all of us have seen the video of socom FTB3 and the trophies poping up lol. so can any one say anything about it ?

and humm as far home goes nothing new for that ? thanks!!!!!!!!

from a Playstation fan from the very first ps1 to soon the new psp Go


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+ GHenrik on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

“It goes by many names, among them the worst kept secret of E3″ ^^love it


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+ katsuo7171 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

Can we get a GT5 PSP GO Bundle? Same release date ;)


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+ Dardantuan on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

I would be interested in ‘upgrading’ to the PSP Go if there were some way to digitize my current UMD games to use with it. Unless that is able to happen, I will stick with my current PSP 3000.


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+ haran_elessar on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

Looks nice. I just noticed the PS store got a redesign of sorts. New colors, sounds and effects. Looks nice…although I had a hard time reading the text on the video store since the background was so bright…


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+ krae_man on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

$250?

Should be $199 for the Go! and $149 for the PSP 3000.

You want digital distribution to fail don’t you Sony?


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm said:

You guys want to pull people with digital content, and $250 is not going to help it.

It’s just a PSP with internal hard drive, are you guys insane charging $50-$70 more than PSP-3000?


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+ KezraPlanes on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:36 pm said:

What matters to me is…

Will we have to re-buy our UMD games? I wanted to trade my 3000 for the Go!


15

+ LokeSTL on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:36 pm said:

Thanks for FFVII! Keep the PSone RPGs coming please. FFVIII next?


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+ skynidas on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:37 pm said:

Awesome Sony, very good showing at E3, I hope that you post something here in the blog regarding the games that are coming out for the PlayStation Store (PS3 games)


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+ Anubis80 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:37 pm said:

I dont like that the screen is smaller now.


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+ Mero-Geru-Soildo on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

sorry guys i didn’t enjoy your E3 conference as much as M$’s. on a small note i saw only the last half an hour. hopefully you guys put the whole thing up on the PS store.


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+ katsuo7171 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

Oh yea quick add on. Please tell me Sony plans to advertize. Sony has really failed with advertizing on TV only showing it close to midnight, so please advertize the AAA exclusive games and The PSP Go and PS3 through this fiscal year.

Thanks


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

In addition, WHITE CERAMIC PSP Go to PSP! Give us more than Ceramic Black PSP and Silver PSP.

BRING MORE PSP COLORS. And no, I don’t want Hannah Montana PSP.


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+ infamousXX87XX on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

I will get the psp go! but i was surprised with the price point. It has no umd drive and it has less parts…how is it more expensive?


22

+ shystie1 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

What about new Firmware update for the PS3 and PSP. I really want Cross Game Chat PLEASE! Nice show by the way.


23

+ acmilanboy on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

Thats good and all, but 250$!!!


24

+ XxDeathDoctorxX on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

plz a new firmware if voice messages or ingame voice chat plz is a firmware coming this week just answer that plz :-(


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

In addition, bring WHITE CERAMIC PSP Go to US! Give us more than Ceramic Black PSP and Silver PSP.

BRING MORE PSP COLORS. And no, I don’t want Hannah Montana PSP.

lol was rushing.


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+ Tjoeb123 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

So what time is the PSN updating today? ‘Cause I can’t wait to play as Cloud Strife again.


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+ starBlinky01 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm said:

i want to buy this, not because I need another psp. but because I love how its kinda like the wave of the future, everything is downloaded, i love that!


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+ Buddyleej on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm said:

Great job guys!

P.S. We need new firmware please :)


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+ psyXcho on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm said:

Way too expensive. You reduced the screen, went with another proprietary memory format. Say nothing about the battery life and screw the people who want to “upgrade” to the go.

Didn’t learn anything from the PS3 price did ya Sony?


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+ norm01 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

How does the DRM work for PSP Videos bought off the PS Store? One issue with the PS3 videos bought off the PS Store is that you can’t redownload them like we can do for games. In the case of hardware failure, and without a backup, the consumer loses the file. This issue could be a hindrance to adoption at a larger scale for PS3 and PSP users.


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+ Tengaport on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

Can we have more specs please such as battery life & so on. I am intrigued, but I was also hoping for a lower price point – say around $200. As is, I’m having difficulty finding the incentives (aside from the size) over my current PSP system. Also, I’m concerned about how the PSPgo feels in your hands. Going to keep an eye out for more E3 hands-on reports of the system.

Certainly looks sharp, and I won’t complain about the necessity to rely on proprietary memory formats since the 8GB M2 seems to be relatively cheap.

Great press conference, glad to see renewed PSP support.


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+ bleachrulez on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

My PSP-1000 broke the other day so i will be picking this up. BTW it looks pretty cool


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+ Timesplitter_01 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

SONY E3 09 Press Conference = EPIC FAIL

We already knew pretty mmuch everything presented. No updates on PSN cards for the rest of the world, no new firmware updates announced, no price drop, nothing new presented


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

Where is SLY COOPER for PSP? OMG THIS IS PS3 LAUNCH ALL OVER AGAIN. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKE, SONY! $250 in this economy…


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+ Kiqe on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm said:

dude the store is revamped is so cool and smoth now


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+ sam_i_jam on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm said:

The price point different is good in my opinion.

Separates the standard PSP owner with a need for physical media or the elite user that wants all digital only.

Really offers both users a great device that plays the same games. Stop your whining people.


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+ stlthriot on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:43 pm said:

Out of curiousity, how much will FFVII be today on the store?


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+ tagout on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:43 pm said:

John Koller. Kaz Hirai. Jack Trettor. Reconsider. PSP Go. Price.


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+ Calendaros on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:43 pm said:

What an overpriced piece of junk.

Also nice to see that the first Square Enix game available for the PS3 is a PS1 game. Ridiculous. Way to lose Metal Gear Sony.


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+ Midgetguy on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:44 pm said:

lol

I just recently got the PSP 3000…

BUT I JUST HAVE TO HAVE A PSP GO!

It’s simply awesome!

I’m definately diggin’ the 16 gigs of memory!


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+ KSPRAYDAD on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

$249 confirmed for Canada too.

Is there no video out?


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+ sam_i_jam on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

@ Timespliiter_01: Did you even watch the presentation?

1. New Rockstar game (Agent) exclusive to PS3.
2. FF14 exclusive to PS3.
3. God of War 3 played and blown people away.
4. MGS for PSP written by Kojima-san and looks amazing.
5. Uncharted 2 played live and press salivate.
6. MAG shown with 256 players in action.
7. Resident Evil PSP announced.
8. New insane motion tech (I saw the presentation…it’s nuts) announced
9. Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 and GT for PSP unveiled.
10. Nuff said….

Other than Mass Effect 2 and Alan Wake, nothing from the competition’s presentation had me geeking out.


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+ Squamden on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

So the one thing that hasn’t been brought up is what will happen to our existing PSP library. The Go looks cool, but if I have to re buy my games, count me out.


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+ Jeigh on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

Sony, you seriously delivered and then kicked some serious ass today. Gorgeous display. Bravo!


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+ sam_i_jam on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

^ and how dare I forget the new Team ICO game unveiled.


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+ Tjoeb123 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

@stlthriot

I’d expect it to be $10-$15 max. I’d like to know myself.


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+ Bildo818 on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

Wait….are they ditching the Pro Duo memory stick? What is with this micro b/s?

Although I originally had plans on buying the Go on launch, I will not be doing so if I can’t use my PSP-1000 pro duo memory sticks


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+ krae_man on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm said:

Microsoft expanded their video Service in Canada and you still havnent’ even released a video service in Canada.

What is with you Sony? You’re ignoring Canada on purpose.

I cant wait to pay $300 Canadian for the PSP Go!, give your heads a shake. You had to ruin good announcements with these horrible decisions.


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+ ShinBattousai on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm said:

Who cares. At $250.00 I’m not buying it. And being all-digital I’m never buying it at any price. Glad to hear you guys are still going to support UMD, though. Hope it really happens.


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+ GHenrik on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm said:

I’m trying to download Media Go! now. Site is up, but not the install file.

I paid for media manager and I hope my code follows into media go


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