Sony today took the covers off PSPgo (model number PSP-N1000), a new evolution of PSP handheld entertainment system, specifically designed to suit the digital lifestyle of consumers who enjoy downloadable content on the go.

PSPgo is ideal for today’s on-the move consumers who prefer not to carry around disc-based content and are looking for on-demand entertainment. With the steady expansion of broadband network infrastructure, the number of users who download and enjoy digital entertainment content has been increasing remarkably. To address this growing trend, PSPgo replaces the UMD drive with 16GB of flash memory to store a variety of digital entertainment content, offering users unlimited possibilities of portable digital entertainment delivered through PlayStation Network. PSPgo, smaller and lighter than ever with a sophisticated design featuring an easy sliding display panel, is truly pocket-sized and can be taken everywhere.

PSPgo will be available in Piano Black and Pearl White, two of the most popular colours since the launch of the PSP system in 2004. Along with PSP-3000, PSPgo will further enhance the portable gaming and entertainment experience by offering users more opportunity to enjoy their favourite entertainment content such as games, videos, music and photos anytime, anywhere.

Sony PSPgo

In order to meet the needs of the growing number of PlayStation Network users looking for digital entertainment content, Sony, along with third party developers and publishers will continue to enhance the content line-up within PlayStation Store for the launch of PSPgo, scheduled this spring. More and more new and attractive titles will become available for download from PlayStation Store as well as on UMD. This broad content offering across all genres includes new games, free-demos, PS one classics for PSP, add-on items for game titles and trailers.

In addition to accessing PlayStation Store directly from PSP using the built-in wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) feature or through the PlayStation 3 (PS3), users will also be able to access and download a variety of entertainment content via their PCs using Media Go, a new software application. Media Go will enable users to access and download entertainment content on PlayStation Store via their PCs as well to easily manage PSP content on PCs, including games, videos, photos, and music. This easy to use software application will be available on a CD-ROM bundled with PSPgo.

Also this spring, a new music application specific to PSP that uses the “SensMe channels’ music recommendation feature, developed by Sony, also becomes available for download on PSP. With this music application, users will be able to enjoy their favourite music stored on their PSP through a rich user interface, designed exclusively for PSP. “SensMe channels” is a mood based music recommendation system that categorises music content into channels such as “Relax,” “Dance” and “Upbeat,” and recommends music playlists for users.

Price and availability

There’s no word right now on the Australian pricing, but details have been released for other countries.

PSPgo will become available in stores on October 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a recommended retail price (RRP) of US$249 and 249 Euros, and on November 1, 2009, in Japan at a RRP of 26,800 yen.