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Sony Debuts PSP Go To Take On Nintendo DS, iPod Touch

Sony has introduced an updated version of its popular PSP console, nicknamed the PSP Go, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo industry event in Los Angeles.

The new portable gaming device uses flash memory and is not only 50 percent smaller than the current PSP 3000, but also 40 percent lighter than its predecessor. It also carries integrated WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Physically, it resembles a touchscreen smartphone but hides a sliding gamepad and 16GB of internal flash memory - the Japanese manufacturer has wisely dumbed the UMD format. Sony has also judiciously added a Memory Stick Micro slot capable of supporting 16GB.

Apart from the 10 buttons on the gamepad, prospective users can be disappointed that the PSP Go! doesn't have a touchscreen (the screen is a 3.8-inch model), an accelerometer or even a webcam for the price.

The PSP Go will complement rather than replace the PSP 3000 and is a clear rival to Nintendo's all conquering DS console which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide compared to only 50 million units for the PSP.

The video-game console will go on sale on the 1st of October for $249 in the US and 249 Euros in Europe. Expect it to sell for £249 in the UK as well.

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Sony will also be released a new version of the Playstation Media manager for PC, nicknamed the Media Go, which will feature a new interface together with a new system called SensMe which is a "mood-based music recommendation" solution. Is that Genius? Now let's wish that someone comes up with the idea of combining the idou with the PSP Go!

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