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Opinion: Back to 1981 with the PSP Go

A nice piece of kit - if you can make it work

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Back to 1981
So, several hours after removing the PSP Go from its box, I had managed to get something playable onto it. Frankly, it was a miracle that the thing hadn't found itself being chucked across the room at some point. It felt like the PSP Go had been trying its damnedest to convince me that, actually, despite what everyone says, downloading games isn't the future after all - for sure, it took me longer to get a game installed on it than it used to take to coax games from a tape-recorder onto my old ZX81, even allowing for a couple of the ZX81's inevitable keyboard short-circuits.

The thought "Bring back solid-state cartridges" flashed through my mind. I event felt a twinge of nostalgia for UMD, surely the most proprietary and unloved format ever?

Things, admittedly, would have been slightly improved if I had been able to get the PSP Go working with a wireless network, which would have offered direct access, at least, to the PlayStation Store, and direct download of the firmware update. But I would still have to have endured well over an hour's worth of downloading. This was less than a week after the machine had launched in the UK - how come the media management software and firmware were already out of date?

I would be surprised if there was a single PSP Go customer who hadn't either trawled through the PSP Go's help forums or emailed Sony's online help-desk. It's a good job that the PSP Go is as expensive as a PS3 Slim, otherwise Sony would be inundated by people seeking technical assistance.

Whoever was responsible for Media Go should be shot - or at the very least, sacked - and Sony should be working right now on adding a button to it which, with one click, seeks out firmware updates, downloads them and pumps them straight to the PSP Go.

Until it does that, the brave new digital-download world of the PSP Go will continue to feel as forward-looking as the brave new world that Sir Clive Sinclair introduced us to at the turn of the 1980s. Nice one, Sony.

The above is an opinion piece by freelance journalist, Steve Boxer and does not necessarily reflect the views of CVG. Stay away, legal hounds.

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