The Sony PSP handheld games console re-emerges better than ever before
Sony’s first PlayStation Portable PSP handheld gaming console was initially announced at E3 way back in 2003 and arrived in UK shops in September 2005.
Fast forward four and a bit years and Sony has released a pocket-sized version of the PSP, dropping the hugely popular Universal Media Disc (UMD) format in favour of electronic downloads through its online store.
The PSP has been Sony’s effort to capitalise on the popularity of its PlayStation 2 while and one that was possessed by its number one competitor Nintendo, from the gambling space.
And while it is easy with the advantage of hindsight to say that Nintendo’s’tumultuous’ approach with its lower-cost, dual touch-screen device has turned out to be far more popular than Sony’s notably higher-spec and more expensive option, the truth is that Sony has still managed to carve out a significant market for itself with the sleeker, faster and sexier PSP.
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Perhaps the major difficulty with the first models of the PSP, in addition to pretty much all of Nintendo’s different iterations of the DS in the last five years (including the most recent DSi refresh), was that while they could properly be described as mobile handheld consolesthey couldn’t truly be described as truly’pocket friendly’.
Unless you favour cargo pants with styling.
Until today, that is, since Sony’s PSP Go’s immediate advantage is the simple fact that it’s little enough to fit into a pair of jeans’ pocket, without too much of an embarrassing bulge.