The PSP has indeed been revamped again and turned into the PSPgo; it's been significantly reduced in size and weight, has a slide-up screen, and carries 16GB of built-in storage for downloadable games. It will no longer support UMD games, so those who purchase it will have to download the games they want to play. The most surprising thing is, however, the $250 price tag. Considering the PSP-3000 is currently being sold at $169, you'd think only those with money to blow will be able to afford the upgrade!
Either way, you can see a pattern here - it almost seems as if those smaller/upgraded versions of the consoles were possible before they even came out. However, due to planned obsolescence, Sony decides to redesign its systems time and again, not letting us gamers fully enjoy the purchase we made in the first place. As a typically early adopter, I feel overwhelmed with this redesign trend, and it almost makes me not want to buy anything on day one for fear of a bad investment.
Just to make things clear, Sony is not the only guilty one in this game; Nintendo has been doing this for years, ever since the times of the original Game Boy, which became a GameBoy Pocket, then a Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro, and Game Boy Advance SP "Now with brighter screen!". Giving up the renowned Game Boy name, they ended up releasing the Nintendo DS, DS Lite, and finally the DSi. Unfortunately, these upgrades are so tempting I've fell into their evil trap a few times. Needless to say, the updates are at least more significant and mostly mirror the evolution of technology with the addition of color LCD screens, faster processors, more portability, and finally dual screens.
Luckily, the new PS3 Slim also has some interesting upgrades, and considering the price will be $299, it's not a bad deal. Its best features include a reduction in power consumption (1/3 less than the original PS3), a size decrease (1/3 smaller), and a 120GB hard drive. I still think the console is too big in size, and I don't particularly like the new matte finish, but at least buyers won't have to worry about smudges anymore.
If I had all the money in the world to buy console revamps, I'd say bring it on! But, as a humble consumer with a passion for video games, I have to admit this whole thing is getting to me. As a matter of fact, I'm not the only one who's against the incessant redesign of gaming systems, so let's hope things change for the better. All we're asking for is more spaced-out re-releases and more significant improvements! Is that too much to ask?
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