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PSP gets SatNav, video chat

PSP gets SatNav, video chat

Go!Messenger will allow voice, text and video chat from any wireless internet connection.

Think Nintendo is winning the handheld wars with the DS lite? Well, yes, quite possibly - but Sony isn't giving up quite yet. Instead, Sony is fighting back more than ever and has announced two new attachments for the Sony PlayStation Portable at Leipzig GC this year.

First up is the Go!Explore system, a GPS device which plugs in at the top of the PSP and turns the portable console into a swanky SatNav. You can check out a video of the announcement here, if you want.

The Go!Explore device is more than just annoyingly named though as the GPS device protrudes out of the top of the PSP massively, which is sure to be a pain. Still, as it is the Go!Explore device is quite a clever and useful app which will doubtlessly be of use to games journalists who get lost between press trips.

Not that that ever happens to us. Honest.

Sony has also taken the chance to unveil another PSP attachment at Leipzig GC though, this time going by the name of Go!Messenger, which is apparently powered by BT.

Go!Messenger is a completely wireless communication system, capable of voice, text and video chat by using some swanky VOIP technology. The system is also free to use from any wireless internet connection, using an on-screen keyboard in the most simple form though it can also be upgraded using a microphone and camera attachment.

So, while the PSP may not be the gaming platform of choice for everyone, it is slowly becoming more versatile as an all-in-one device and could soon be an invaluable addition to every urban survival kit.

Got PSP? What do you think to the new Go! series? Let us know in the forums!

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fishthecat 23rd August 2007, 14:49 Quote
I'd love to see a GPS satnav add on for the DS. The touchscreen input and dual screen is perfect for sticking it on your dashboard.

PS, the bloke presenting in the video was rubbish. I turned off before I got to see the actual item.
proxess 23rd August 2007, 15:19 Quote
Go!Home
CardJoe 23rd August 2007, 16:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by fishthecat
I'd love to see a GPS satnav add on for the DS. The touchscreen input and dual screen is perfect for sticking it on your dashboard.

PS, the bloke presenting in the video was rubbish. I turned off before I got to see the actual item.

IIRC there is homebrew stuff for that actually...
fishthecat 23rd August 2007, 16:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
IIRC there is homebrew stuff for that actually...
Yeh, that rings a bell, but I think you have to be in range of wifi as it sucked the maps off google. Not very useful on a motorway. That and my DS isn't hacked.
Mord 23rd August 2007, 17:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fishthecat
Yeh, that rings a bell, but I think you have to be in range of wifi as it sucked the maps off google. Not very useful on a motorway. That and my DS isn't hacked.

IIRC it isnt the DS thats "hacked" the hardware stays the same, its just a Flash Cart is loaded with the software.

I could be wrong.
completemadness 23rd August 2007, 19:00 Quote
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which is apparently powered by BT
Get ready for a large failure, or spyware/bloatware

Also, i thought BT were working with Yahoo to do all their communications stuff ?
Morphine-Kitty 23rd August 2007, 23:24 Quote
I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG! Japans has had it for like a year now.

Talk about lazy Sony. :(
mikeuk2004 23rd August 2007, 23:38 Quote
I have been waiting for over a year for this but there was no news on it at all until now.
HourBeforeDawn 24th August 2007, 06:49 Quote
about time, I heard of this well over a YEAR ago, about time it comes out. ^_^
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