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Forget The Sony PSP Go, Get The £99.95 PSP Slim Instead

Sony's latest portable console, the PSP GO, was released in the UK a few days ago and its price has already been slashed by around £25 which is good news but still makes it a considerable investment, especially as the PS3 Slim console only costs a few pounds extra.

Instead why not go for the Slim and Lite version, which is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer than the original version, which can be had at Game, Superfi and Gameplay for as little as £99.95 with free delivery.

The PSP GO can actually be considered as a slight disappointment compared to the previous generation of PSPs. Some users might not be convinced by the PSP Go's smaller form factor (which brings it nearer to a smartphone).

It has a smaller screen (4.3-inch vs 3.8-inch), scrapped the popular UMD format (with the PSN coming in instead with added costs) and uses proprietary technology to connect to other devices (rather than USB cables).

Four retailers have already announced they were cutting the price of the PSP Go to a penny under £200. Amazon, Play, Game and HMV did not say what convinced them to cut £25 off the price but a rather disappointing pre-order period might explain that.

In addition, the PSP 3000 Console only costs £137 at Argos and adds a better screen and built in Microphone.

Our Comments

Sony should make the PSP smaller, flog in touchscreen capabilities, 3G and Wifi and make it a phone instead. The PSP Phone would be a platform capable of rivalling with the iPhone at half the price and with a dedicated user base. How difficult is it to make? Not that much we suppose.

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