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Sony unveils new PSP Go

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Sony on Tuesday unveiled a sleek next-generation PSP Go handheld videogame, movie and music gadget in a direct challenge to Nintendo's freshly-launched DSi devices.

Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai showed off a new PSP Go at a press conference in the Shrine Auditorium as a major Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) got under way nearby in Los Angeles.

"We call it the worst kept secret of E3," Hirai quipped, referring to news of Go news leaks more akin to streams.

"There will be more content that is easier to get on your PSP. It's entertainment everywhere."

Go is half the size of the original PSP and built to download and store video, pictures and games, according to Hirai. Go devices have built-in wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities.

"It's built for people who live a more digital lifestyle," Hirai said. "It's designed to bring all kinds of content to the PSP."

All future PSP video game titles will be available for digital download, skipping any need to buy software on disks, according to Sony.

A new Sense Me feature analyzes music stored in Go devices and then creates playlists to suit users' moods. Go gadgets will also be built with a video delivery service Sony launched last year.

Hot video game franchises including "Gran Turismo," "Metal Gear Solid," and "Resident Evil" are creating new games tailored to Go devices, according to Sony.

"I think the PSP is getting really hotter," said Hideo Kojima, whose eponymous studio makes the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise whose protagonist is a fearsome soldier called "Snake."

"And Snake is coming back on the PSP."

Go devices will be priced at $249 when they are released in the United States in October, according to Sony. The gadgets will be available in Japan in April, Hirai said.

Nintendo reports that it has sold more than a million of its new-generation DSi handheld video game gadgets in the United States since they became available here in April.

© Wire reports

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Should include a line in the tech notes, "Will self destruct at the preset 2year expiration date."

Sony products die almost as if programmed to do so at a specific date. Instead of writing about their new expiration date infused products, how about writing about how terrible their durability and value are. Especially in a world where environmentally we need things that last, not things that die off so quickly. I think most consumers would spend more in one time purchases if they knew it would last as opposed to buying items that are destined for the dust bin a year or two later at a discount.

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Hmm, well I still have one of the 1000 model psps that first came out and it's still running well. Just used it a couple of hours ago actually.

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love my "tuned" 2000. i wonder how strong the protection will be on the new one... i really wanted gran turismo for psp. i guess i can only get it on the "Go". shame. cuz they promised it for normal psp.

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Was this all that was released at E3 for Sony. Have not had a chance to check and cannot check at work.

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Go devices will be priced at $249 when they are released in the United States in October, according to Sony. The gadgets will be available in Japan in April, Hirai said.

So US release is October this year? And the Japan release is April next year? I thought Sony normally released these types of products first in Japan.

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Here is a video explaining Sony's new product.

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/sony_releases_new_stupid_piece_of

I gottta get me one!

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As usual with Sony, way overpriced.

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Wow, what a let down. that is it.

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Useless story with out PHOTOS!

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The only thing that would make me even think about it would be Assassin's Creed II, other than that, back to the 360.

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