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PSPgo Minis will have no wireless multiplayer

PSPgo Minis will have no wireless multiplayer

Sony's PSPgo platform will have 'snackable' game content called Minis - but they'll have no wireless MP or DLC.

Sony has revealed the planned range of small, 'snackable' games on the PSPgo - dubbed 'minis' - will not be allowed to feature wireless multiplayer, downloadable content or software updates.

According to Sony, who revealed the change to Gamasutra at GDC Austin, the feature is being culled in order to speed up the rate at which games can be approved for the online store.

"When you look at it from a testing perspective, you have to do more QA. [Allowing those features] would defeat the purpose of having a dedicated service for smaller content. It increases the barriers," Sony's Justin Cooney.

"From our perspective, if we're going to reduce the time it takes to get through our internal process, it helps that we don't have to check the multiplayer features."

The change is notable for differing from Apple's own system, which does allow wireless multiplayer on the iPod Touch and iPhone, but Sony doesn't think it will stop iPhone developers from moving to the PSPgo - a key part of the plan, we're guessing.

PSPgo Minis were announced at GamesCom earlier this year and are basically small, download-only games similar to those you might see on the AppStore. As well as having no wireless multiplayer, the games are also limited to a 100MB in size. 15 titles are going to be available when the PSPgo launches on October 1st for £215 - though whether the PSPgo will actually be on sale remains to be seen, as some retailers are boycotting the platform.

Let us know what you think of the PSPgo in the forums.

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Narishma 18th September 2009, 18:37 Quote
Joe: The Minis are not specific to the PSPgo. They will work on any PSP.
mikeuk2004 18th September 2009, 18:51 Quote
arnt they also playable on PS3?
Daytona178 18th September 2009, 19:14 Quote
Sony is stupid!
Dave Lister 18th September 2009, 19:53 Quote
Sony want too much control.
WILD9 18th September 2009, 20:05 Quote
I know this isnt PSPgo specific but seriously, does that console actually have anyting at all going for it? Expensive, no UMD drive, smaller screen , even more uncomfortable controls, the only thing it has in its favor is that it's more pocketable, but I really dont want another device clogging up my pockets and the old PSP is hardly a goliath.
jamesthebard 18th September 2009, 20:19 Quote
Yeah, I'm thinking no. I guess Sony's modus operandi is to take a good idea, rip out the pieces that make it of value, and then try to spin it as a Good Thing (tm) to the unsuspecting.

<sarcasm>I wish them the best of luck</sarcasm>
l3v1ck 18th September 2009, 20:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Sony want too much control.
As do Apple with the iPhone/iPod. They're both as bad as each other.
Aracos 18th September 2009, 20:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WILD9
I know this isnt PSPgo specific but seriously, does that console actually have anyting at all going for it? Expensive, no UMD drive, smaller screen , even more uncomfortable controls, the only thing it has in its favor is that it's more pocketable, but I really dont want another device clogging up my pockets and the old PSP is hardly a goliath.

Sod that, think of the game prices!!!! All direct downloads fuelled by console makers are all fail, I can only imagine Sony being worse than microsoft in terms of pricing and Assassins creed on the xbox marketplace is a whopping £20 when you can get it for around or under a tenner in shops, I see the PSPGo games costing £25-30 minimum and never reducing in price. Complete bullcheese
Tokukachi 18th September 2009, 22:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by storm20200
Quote:
Originally Posted by WILD9
I know this isnt PSPgo specific but seriously, does that console actually have anyting at all going for it? Expensive, no UMD drive, smaller screen , even more uncomfortable controls, the only thing it has in its favor is that it's more pocketable, but I really dont want another device clogging up my pockets and the old PSP is hardly a goliath.

Sod that, think of the game prices!!!! All direct downloads fuelled by console makers are all fail, I can only imagine Sony being worse than microsoft in terms of pricing and Assassins creed on the xbox marketplace is a whopping £20 when you can get it for around or under a tenner in shops, I see the PSPGo games costing £25-30 minimum and never reducing in price. Complete bullcheese

This is the problem with digital distribution, all the publishers are tied to one platform so there's no competition and we get royally screwed on price. Steam is probably the worst offender for this, with its prices being way higher than you can pick it up for at the most expensive retails store (I.E Game)
ssj12 19th September 2009, 02:25 Quote
the minis are like $2. I expect cheap little games. Multiplayer additions wouldn't be cheap.
koola 19th September 2009, 11:00 Quote
Epic Fail Sony!

Didn't like the look of it anyway, so will probably stick with my Custom Firmware PSP2000 :p
AshT 19th September 2009, 11:25 Quote
I remain a massive Sony fan, I think they achieved a lot with PS1 & 2 and PSP, and although some seem to dislike PS3 (I'm assuming 360 owners) - I still love that machine as well.

But they really have lost the plot with PSP-GO.
dyzophoria 19th September 2009, 15:43 Quote
it both looks ugly and useless then..
HourBeforeDawn 19th September 2009, 21:40 Quote
I dont get these, PSPgo, PSPgo Minis, why? how about take all that wasted money and put it back into the PSP or come out with the PSP2
ChaosDefinesOrder 19th September 2009, 23:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by AshT
I remain a massive Sony fan, I think they achieved a lot with PS1 & 2 and PSP, and although some seem to dislike PS3 (I'm assuming 360 owners) - I still love that machine as well.

But they really have lost the plot with PSP-GO.

I second your sentiment!
general22 20th September 2009, 03:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neat69
This is the problem with digital distribution, all the publishers are tied to one platform so there's no competition and we get royally screwed on price. Steam is probably the worst offender for this, with its prices being way higher than you can pick it up for at the most expensive retails store (I.E Game)

That has nothing to do with competition, publishers set the price for digital distribution higher than the retail price to avoid cannibalising retail sales.
Sheiken 20th September 2009, 11:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Sony want too much control.
As do Apple with the iPhone/iPod. They're both as bad as each other.

No they are not, iPhone/iPod = Success, PSPGo = Fail
Gunsmith 21st September 2009, 04:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheiken
No they are not, iPhone/iPod = Success, PSPGo = Fail

if the gullible masses woke up...
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