The long-rumored new addition to the PSP family, the PSP Go, was leaked to the tubes of the Internet this weekend--just days before Sony was scheduled to unveil the console at its Tuesday, June 2, 2009, E3 Media Briefing. Images provided in this article are via Eurogamer and Sony let the Cat, or in this case--the PSP Go, "Out of the Bag" via a leak of the upcoming June Edition of the PlayStation 3's Video Magazine--Qore .
From the images, we can see that the PSP Go is really tiny. The screen, while not as big as the PSP 3000's 4.3" screen, still appears to be a nice 3.8" and maintaining the same aspect ratio. Since the design for this new PSP was borrowed heavily from Sony's ill-received cel phone--the Mylo--it is nice to see that the PSP Go is nearly the same size as the iPhone. This will make the device incredibly easy to carry around. This also makes the PSP Go much smaller than the Nintendo DSi.
One thing we still aren't sure of is if the new redesigned console will have a UMD drive. Rumors have stated that the drive would be absent from the new model. We will have to wait for Tuesday to find out this information.
Another noticeable change is the lack of all of the navigation buttons that appear at the bottom of the current PSP models. This really gives the unit a sexy look. It does appear that the PS logo will act as the Home Button and the Select and Start buttons appear on the fold out portion. However, we aren't sure how players will change the brightness or adjust the volume. I am sure Sony will also have answers for this on Tuesday.
What we do know for sure is that this device appears to be real from the leaked Episode of Qore. Sony's own John Koller had this to say about the changes with the PSP Go: "There is on-board memory, the flash memory, and 16 gigs of space. There's Bluetooth on board as well, so you can use a Bluetooth headset, and you can actually tether it to your cell phone as well. But ultimately, it's the portability. Since you can bring all that content with you in a smaller form factor, you've got the most immersive games to play, and now you've got a smaller unit to do it with."
Koller continues: "Little Big Planet, Jak & Daxter, Metal Gear Solid--all those will be available. So will all the movies you can rent or buy on the PlayStation Network. So you can bring so much content over with you and fill up that 16 gig of flash memory."
We also know, from Koller, that Gran Turismo PSP will be making an appearance at E3 2009! This is the long-awaited title that was first shown off when Sony first unveiled the new platform but hasn't been seen since. In addition, Koller made it clear that Sony plans to fully integrate the PSP and PS3 together, on the new PSP Go, and provide users with the ability to take their PS3 content with them "on the go."
The last bit of information that has been revealed is that Sony will sell the PSP Go as another SKU to sit alongside the PSP 3000. This may indicate that the PSP Go won't have a UMD drive and Sony wants to continue that line of business until they get all their Third Parties comfortable with selling digital content. The other reason for this could be to keep the retailers happy that content can still be sold, via a retail UMD, to continue to give them a "piece of the profits."
Until we get some official clarification from Sony, these pictures and comments are still not official. However, from all that we have heard and seen--this is the real deal! Keep reading CVGames for the latest on the PSP Go as we cover the Sony Press Briefing live.