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Friday, April 21, 2017

Retro reflections: An ode to the PSP Go (and how awesome was Dead or Alive Paradise, folks?)


Retro reflections by Matt S.

I’m going to make and admission that is going to make a whole bunch of you think a lot less of me, but I have a burning need to say it anyway: The PSP Go is one of my favourite consoles ever. Was it a flawed console? Sure, but looking back at it today it was, in so many ways, so far ahead of its time.

Related reading: Ten of the best games to have ever been released on the PSP.

For those who don’t really remember the PSP Go, don’t worry. It sold in such pitiful numbers that Sony quickly forgot about it itself. Basically it was an attempt to take the PSP – which, for all its issues in the west was a best-seller in Japan – and do a “mid-console cycle” refresh of it, much like the New 3DS was Nintendo’s attempt to do a slight upgrade with the 3DS and thus keep people interested in the console. It was a markedly different console to its predecessor, though; crammed into a tiny form factor, smaller than most modern mobile phones, it was also slim, light, and designed to be carried around in the pocket.
Retro reflections: An ode to the PSP Go (and how awesome was Dead or Alive Paradise, folks?)
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