Is The PSP Go Really So Bad?

I've heard many online opinions suggesting the PSP 3000 over the PSP Go. I've recently been heavily debating the purchase of a PSP, but I don't want to buy a Go if it is a poor fit for me. Besides the price, lack of UMD functionality, and some missing games from the Playstation Network, what is so wrong with buying a PSP Go? 
 
Here are my conditions: 

  • I need super portability 
  • Battery life isn't really an issue 
  • I won't use it for anything other than gaming 
  • I won't have internet access when I play (not sure if this matters) 
  • I already have a Nintendo DS (fat original), but I don't play it much (already beat the games I like for it)
  • I do own a PS3
  • These are the games I KNOW I will buy: 
Sid Meier's Pirates!      
The Warriors 
GTA: Chinatown Wars 
SMT: Persona 3 Portable 
Fat Princess 
Echochrome 
Beaterator 
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 
Crush 
 
According to some quick research on Wikipedia, the only game I can't get for the Go from that list is Marvel: UA. Someone please let me know if that's wrong though. I'll also buy a few PS One classics (those are available for PSP, right?).
 
The PSP Go seems like a logical fit for me simply because I don't have to carry UMDs around, but again, I want some opinions to make sure it'll be a good choice. As you can probably tell, I'm not entirely knowledgeable of PSPs or even PSN, so please let me know any advice or information that could be important for my decision. So, should I buy a PSP Go?
31 Comments
32 Comments
Posted by Origina1Penguin

I've heard many online opinions suggesting the PSP 3000 over the PSP Go. I've recently been heavily debating the purchase of a PSP, but I don't want to buy a Go if it is a poor fit for me. Besides the price, lack of UMD functionality, and some missing games from the Playstation Network, what is so wrong with buying a PSP Go? 
 
Here are my conditions: 

  • I need super portability 
  • Battery life isn't really an issue 
  • I won't use it for anything other than gaming 
  • I won't have internet access when I play (not sure if this matters) 
  • I already have a Nintendo DS (fat original), but I don't play it much (already beat the games I like for it)
  • I do own a PS3
  • These are the games I KNOW I will buy: 
Sid Meier's Pirates!      
The Warriors 
GTA: Chinatown Wars 
SMT: Persona 3 Portable 
Fat Princess 
Echochrome 
Beaterator 
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 
Crush 
 
According to some quick research on Wikipedia, the only game I can't get for the Go from that list is Marvel: UA. Someone please let me know if that's wrong though. I'll also buy a few PS One classics (those are available for PSP, right?).
 
The PSP Go seems like a logical fit for me simply because I don't have to carry UMDs around, but again, I want some opinions to make sure it'll be a good choice. As you can probably tell, I'm not entirely knowledgeable of PSPs or even PSN, so please let me know any advice or information that could be important for my decision. So, should I buy a PSP Go?
Posted by TooWalrus

No, it's the best option if you want a PSP.

Posted by MancombSeepgood

There's nothing wrong with the Go per se. It may have just been ahead of it's time. Some games don't make the jump to PSN straight away, although nowadays it's more commonplace to find them on the PSN at the same time as retail. I'm not sure about availabilty but another downfall is sometimes (not all the time) you can find the game for cheaper on umd, even brand new in some cases. However, unlike Microsoft and their games on demand, Sony seem to be pretty good at keeping prices reasonable for PSP games. There's no real downfall unless you're already a PSP owner in which case your current UMD games would become useless.

Posted by BraveToaster

If you feel that it's the best logical fit, then get it.

Posted by trophyhunter

it was only bad to people that already had a bunch of UMD games, also it's 250 freaking dollars.

Posted by Imbalance

The PSP Go is a great option if you want portability and those games. Problem is, if a game comes out that you want and it's only on UMD, you can't play it. Not sure about the chances of that, though.

Posted by Nasar7

In addition to the points you mentioned, the PSP Go has a smaller screen than the PSP-3000.

Posted by JJWeatherman

Just so you know, you can get the 3000 and still go the UMDless route. Just buy a larger memory stick and you can get all your games off of PSN.

Posted by wavegoodbye

If you're just entering the world of PSP (like I did shortly ago) the Go is perfect.  Not worrying about UMD bullshit is savvy thinking.  As a dude, things need to fit in your pocket or they wont leave the house and unfortunately even the slim is a little too big for portability without a bag.  The Go should be perfect for you in that regard.  And it just looks cooler.

Posted by Origina1Penguin

It seems Pirates! was only a UK release, so that's a bit of a bummer. I did find a few PSOne classics I would buy though. 
 
I have a new question: Should I wait to see if anything is announced at TGS? I'd like to buy a new 360 slim to replace my pre-HDMI one, so it wouldn't hurt to save some money up for awhile anyways.

Posted by MancombSeepgood
@Origina1Penguin:  That is a bummer but maybe it's also a message. Play the PC version instead :P I love that game on PC. Never played the PSP version, mind.
Posted by Origina1Penguin
@MancombSeepgood: I have the PC version and love it. The problem is that I can fit my PC in my pocket :)
Posted by MancombSeepgood
@Origina1Penguin:  Haha, this is true! Still, I dunno how shook down the PSP version is. It might be perfectly like the PC game. It's still a shame you can't get it from PSN though.
Edited by shrig32

I had one when there was the early-bird offers on games. I returned it under warranty, and now I'm conveniently included in the next bunch of offers =D Win-win. But without such tricks, some games are a bit expensive unless they're in the offers... =( Getting PSN cards cheaper than they should be helps, too. It's all about cutting corners with a Go.

Posted by pekoe212

When I was considering getting a PSP Go, the real issue that made me decide not to was that many of the games I am interested in were not available for digital download. I made a list of PSP games and half of them were not available online. So I guess it depends what kind of games you like.

Posted by AgentJ
@trophyhunter said:
" it was only bad to people that already had a bunch of UMD games, also it's 250 freaking dollars. "
This, plus like any other game you download (VC, XBLA, Steam, PSN) you technically don't "own" it. Or something like that.
Posted by Spoonman671

I would love to get a PSP Go, but it's $250.  The only people complaining about it were the morons that already have a PSP and couldn't understand that the product wasn't targeted at them.

Posted by PJ

You can still buy games of PSN whit a PSP 3000. Since some games aren't on PSN yet and some probebly never will the 3000 is the better choice. And maby its just me but the button layout on the PSP GO is kinda unconfortable. 
 PSP 3000 can do everything the Go can and more and its cheaper. And its not like the Go is somthing you carry in your pocket, its still pretty damn big so the portability issue between the Go and 3000 is pretty mute.

Posted by JeffGoldblum

Wait for the 3DS.

Posted by Origina1Penguin
@JeffGoldblum said:
" Wait for the 3DS. "
That doesn't play PSP games :/ 
 
I do intend to upgrade my fat DS with the 3DS, but the games really are different.
Posted by AgentJ
@Origina1Penguin said:
" @JeffGoldblum said:
" Wait for the 3DS. "
That doesn't play PSP games :/  I do intend to upgrade my fat DS with the 3DS, but the games really are different. "
Really though, it looks like most of the games that would be in development for the PSP are headed on over to the 3DS. 3 different SMT games, Metal Gear Solid, and there's a rumor that the Resident Evil shown at E3 was the same game announced for the PSP the previous year. 
Posted by Landon

PSP GO - 249.99
PSP 3000 + 4 gb memory stick - 184.99
 
So yeah, get a PSP 3000. Most of the downloadable games are overly expensive and you can use UMD's as a super cheap back up. And a 3000 does everything the GO does at a cheaper price. The rest of that money can go to playing games.

Posted by SpiralStairs

You can still download games off the PSN with the 3000. 
 
The 3000 just seems more versatile to me.

Posted by Skytylz
@Landon said:
" PSP GO - 249.99 PSP 3000 + 4 gb memory stick - 184.99  So yeah, get a PSP 3000. Most of the downloadable games are overly expensive and you can use UMD's as a super cheap back up. And a 3000 does everything the GO does at a cheaper price. The rest of that money can go to playing games. "
This and you can get some decent size memory sticks now.
Posted by TheMustacheHero
@TooWalrus said:
" No, it's the best option if you want a PSP. "
Hardly.
Posted by TooWalrus
@TheMustacheHero said:
" @TooWalrus said:
" No, it's the best option if you want a PSP. "
Hardly. "
Absolutely.
Posted by AgentJ
@TooWalrus said:
" @TheMustacheHero said:
" @TooWalrus said:
" No, it's the best option if you want a PSP. "
Hardly. "
Absolutely. "
Hardly
Posted by addictedtopinescent

I played a bunch of my friends in the past few days, I fucking hate the analog stick and button layout, but thats just me 
Otherwise it's fine

Posted by Raven_Sword

From what I hear from journalists that bought it, its pretty damn good. Its just too expensive.
Posted by LiquidPrince

There's nothing wrong with PSP GO if you're willing to do all digital downloads.

Posted by TooWalrus
@AgentJ said:
" @TooWalrus said:
" @TheMustacheHero said:
" @TooWalrus said:
" No, it's the best option if you want a PSP. "
Hardly. "
Absolutely. "
Hardly "
No doubt.
Posted by AuthenticM

The PSP Go is great. You've got 16GB of on-board flash memory, bluetooth (which enables you to synch you DualShock3 with it) and is very light. The only downside is the screen, which is a tad smaller than normal. If you get yourself some PSP Go component AV cables, you'll be able to play your games on your TV, with the DualShock 3, just like a standard console. Buy one.