Reggie Says Sony PSP Go is “Fundamentally Flawed”


Good ol’ Reggie. He recently spoke out concerning the new PSP Go, the new hand-held recently released by Sony as an effort to make the transition to digital download and content.

(The PSP Go may have a) fundamental concept problem in terms of ‘Who’s it for?’ and ‘What’s the benefit?’ I have the utmost respect for all our competitors, but it’s interesting to try and answer the consumer question of ‘What’s in it for me?’ in that product.

– Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America



  1. Reggie knows how to talk smack.

  2. I’m with Reggie. I’m all for trying to advance the industry forward, but I prefer to actually own my games rather than just digitally renting them, thank you very much. Until the day, where I can loan, borrow, give away or sell games that I download, I have no interest in digital distribution.

  3. Eh. Transferable licenses are not a huge implementation issue.

    They won’t happen to the point that you can sell them, because that defeats the point for the developers, but sharing them on a limited basis, transferring them to new hardware, and making backups is simple enough. Steam lets you do all of this for instance. So calling it renting is disingenuous; there’s no time limit on your ability to use the product, which is what defines a rental.

    The real issue with the PSPGo is the price and the lack of features over the standard model. It’s a little smaller, but that’s about it, and you’d have to rebuy any umd based games you currently own, since the trade in program still hasn’t surfaced.

  4. I was at GameStop today picking up a copy of Bowser’s Inside Story, and the guy ahead of me in line had his original PSP in hand, and was grilling the store employee about why he might want to upgrade to the Go. She told him, basically, that if you want your PSP to look more like a cell phone, that’s about the only benefit. And the sad thing is, she was pretty much right.

    I think it’s an interesting idea, an all-download system (not my preference, but whatever), but I think it’s a few years too soon for that.

  5. The PSPGo is developed and priced to sell PSP-3000’s. It’s a conspiracy.

  6. Of course it’s fundamentally flawed. It’s a more expensive system that does less.

  7. It looks pretty
    too bad that’s about it.

    I’ll pick one up when PSP”two”Go comes out.


  8. They’re making a game console, of the same generation, that is not compatible with its own library of games. From the SAME generation! And you thought the PS3 screwed up backwards compatibility, at least it can play all of the games that were made for the PS3. The go is clearly not for a current PSP owner because they’d need to re-buy all of their games, that is, all of their games that are available to download.
    What I don’t understand is, if they were going to make such a huge divide between the go and the 3000, why didn’t they add a second analog nub? To me, thats the one thing that keeps it from being a very enticing portable Playstation.

  9. Reggie’s not even talking legitimate smack here. He’s simply pointing out the facts.

  10. Will Sony fanboys “own” the games they download on the PSPGo? Will they transfer to the next Sony portable, or be dropped like UMD?

    To be fair, Nintendo will have the same issue.

  11. It looks cool, but the fact is it’s uncomfortable to hold, too squashed together, and, the lack of physical format for games and lack of a way to transfer your games irritates me. When I upgraded to DS Lite from the original, I put the original to rest. Is this an upgrade? why would I ‘upgrade’ if I can’t play the games. it’s essentially a new console that adds nothing… I don’t even know where I’m, going with this, just, the PSP Go’s existence annoys me, it has no purpose other than to look cool…

  12. I love the design, but have seen no added value beyond aesthetics. There are some new drawbacks to consider though…

    It’s disappointing. Sony had some good ideas for PSP Go but didn’t go far enough with the redesign. They needed to add some exclusive functionality (second analog? better processor?) to differentiate it from previous generations of their hardware.

  13. I think you guys have overlooked that Ninty just released a portable system that takes away the GBA cartridge and adds a pointless camera and a download service that is almost totally starved for content. I love this site, but it often goes into fanboy territory.

  14. @ D-fox


    Both companies see the Apple strategy works well because people buy new stuff just for the sake of having the “latest tech” (even if minimal such as an inch-wider screen, a camera, or digital distribution. If you’re smart, you won’t buy this unless:

    You don’t have the previous version, or you NEED the new version.
    (read: need, as in your old one broke, is defective, etc.)