The PSP GO is a great looking piece of hardware, but its staggering launch price and lack of physical media has proved extremely controversial with gamers. However, play.com have shaved £75 off its RRP and provide a saving of £21 compared to Best Gadgetry, the closest price rival.
Firstly, I need to make something very clear. Current PSP owners should not buy this product.
It isn't an upgrade to the existing console- rather, the PSP GO is a step sideways that cuts out the UMD drive and makes the games library completely downloadable. You'll basically have to sell your existing games collection and buy them all over again. Seriously, if you've already got a PSP then you should stop reading right now.
However, the PSP GO presents an intriguing alternative to the standard 3000/4000 console if you're new to the Sony portable scene. The gorgeous white design and large screen make it the sexiest handheld around, and the recessed thumbstick is a lot more responsive and comfortable than the original models. The battery life and operating system have also been improved, making the GO a very nifty little gadget.
Unfortunately, the software support lets it down. Trawling the online PSN store with the integrated browser is easy as pie... but there's no competition to keep the prices down. Sony can charge whatever it likes for its downloadable games and content- and almost every title is much more expensive than a cheap physical copy (with the exception of the occasional PSN sale). Also, you're effectively stuck with the games on the memory stick until you find some decent internet connection- you can't just carry around a bag of UMDs anymore! Consider yourself warned.
With rumours of the upcoming 'PSP 2' wafting around, this probably isn't the right time for most people to invest in the PSP GO. Still, if you're a hardcore Sony fan with fast internet and a craving for style then this is the best price around.
Thanks to niminator at Hot UK Deals