The PSP Go (or the PSP-N1000, whatever floats your boat), Sony’s latest iteration of the Playstation Portable has finally made it onto Indian store shelves. Having been launched worldwide in October 2009, this release marks the end of a long thirteen month delay.
Sony launched the PSP Go as a digital download alternative, and not as a successor, to the UMD drive featuring PSP-3000. This marks the biggest reason the device didn’t make it to India until now, because games for the PSP Go have to be bought from the Playstation Store, something India didn’t have – until that problem was rectified in October this year. Now with the Playstation Store up and fully functional, Sony had no reason to hold the device back and as expected, here it is.
Onto the features now – the PSP Go has a 3.8-inch screen that runs at a resolution of 480×272, 16GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB via a Memory Stick Micro M2 card) to compensate for the lack of a UMD drive, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth. Bluetooth connectivity means the device can be paired with Sixaxis or Dualshock controllers. However, the PSP Go lacks the functionality of the older PSPs that allowed users to remove the original battery and replace it with another. Also missing is the standard mini-USB interconnector, in its place is a proprietary design (d’oh).
Anyway, it seems Sony India is following in Sony UK and Sony Australia’s footsteps by offering 10 free games along with the console. The games which will be bundled are as follows:
- Little Big Planet
- Fifa World Cup
- Gran Turismo
- Assassin’s Creed
- Motorstorm Arctic Edge
- Need For Speed : Shift
- WipEout Pure
- Eye of Judgement
The PSP Go is available immediately for a price of Rs. 12,990.