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DISASSEMBLED: Sony's PSP Go

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What's this? Why, it's the PSP Go like you've never seen it before!

The folks at Rapid Repair are always good sports when it comes to letting us know when they're going to tear apart the latest gadgets. We've come to suspect that they don't even turn the thing on, they just get out the screwdriver and have at it.

Always reliable, they just emailed us to let us know they finished going to town with the PSP Go. Planning on purchasing one? Just interested in seeing it splayed out on the operating table? Peep a selection of the images below to satisfy your needs. If that's not enough for you, you can check out the entire gallery and (if you feel like ripping apart your new toy) a step by step disassembly by hitting up Rapid Repair.

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    angela1130 , October 3, 2009 12:17 AM
    He means that it's nice to see such small technology in such small package ... Everything these days are so small , you just can't figure out how this little thing can run games and videos. Very impressive !
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    HansVonOhain , October 2, 2009 11:59 PM
    Dang, some piece of tech there in a very small package
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    HansVonOhain , October 3, 2009 12:12 AM
    What is it you don't understand? o.O
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    angela1130 , October 3, 2009 12:17 AM
    He means that it's nice to see such small technology in such small package ... Everything these days are so small , you just can't figure out how this little thing can run games and videos. Very impressive !
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    HansVonOhain , October 3, 2009 12:22 AM
    AnonymousHe means that it's nice to see such small technology in such small package ... Everything these days are so small , you just can't figure out how this little thing can run games and videos. Very impressive !

    Thank you for clarifying this out, English is not my first language ;) 
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    vaskodogama , October 3, 2009 12:24 AM
    the buttons senors are attached to the main board? that's too bad! it means if I get a PSPGo, play a lot, and get e bad button receive ( i mean, when you have to push too hard to have a button entered in the game ), I have to give the PSP to sony guys to charge me $$$ to have a fix?
    I know that's gonna happen, after warranty!
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    vaskodogama , October 3, 2009 12:30 AM
    HansVonOhainDang, some piece of tech there in a very small package

    I got you, no problem with that sentence, English is not my first lang too!
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    Major7up , October 3, 2009 4:11 AM
    Does this qualify as gadget porn? ;) 
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    hakesterman , October 3, 2009 5:09 AM
    I suppose this is the first step for gameing piracy. Nice job!


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    JMcEntegart , October 3, 2009 1:01 PM
    major7upDoes this qualify as gadget porn?


    Definitely. Sigh.
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    raden_muaz , October 3, 2009 1:10 PM
    major7upDoes this qualify as gadget porn?

    What? :D 
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    liquid0h , October 3, 2009 6:49 PM
    Yes, I always like to take a look at the inside of my non-upgradable tech before I buy it. lol
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    ricardok , October 4, 2009 12:04 AM
    I'm impressed. But add access to a 3G network and a full qwerty keyboard and now we have a PSPhone. :p 
    Too bad that the battery dies out after 3hs of play..
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    mlopinto2k1 , October 4, 2009 12:35 AM
    HansVonOhainDang, some piece of tech there in a very small package
    Translation, "Damn man! That is some impressive shit right there! In such a small package!"

    There, that better? *sigh*
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    Regulas , October 4, 2009 1:07 PM
    The PSP-Go is a proprietary DRM piece of crap. Besides a smaller screen than the PSP I read a review ARS Technica, here is a small excerpt, quote:

    "The new, UMD-less PSP Go is an absolute dream for Sony. Since it lacks a way to play games purchased at retail, Sony gets to set the prices for every piece of content bought on the system. Who cares if the store down the street has a game for $10 cheaper? You can only get your games from one place; competition with discounting and used games is gone. Sony will now be selling you every game that goes into the Go's 16GB of storage, and without the ability to buy or sell used games, Sony now owns every single piece of the market with this system. And without an easy way to switch the battery for hacking purposes, piracy won't be as easy."

    I like their new PS3 slim but the PSP-Go can just go the way of the dinosaur.
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    blackpanther26 , October 4, 2009 1:13 PM
    I really don't think the PSP go is going to last long. If I wanted a game so bad. Like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. I want it now. Instead of waiting for hours to download the game. I could go to the store and be playing in about 30 minutes. I do how ever like the Idea of downloading demos.
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    cletus_slackjawd , October 5, 2009 3:37 AM
    If PSP-GO's new software delivery system is so great for the consumer, they didn't need to release a new product to make it happen, they could have been doing this all along with PSP 1 and a common 8gig MSPRO-DUO. The only thing that would make it a win if they opened it up for homebrew.
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    belardo , October 5, 2009 4:59 AM
    People were having issues with the UMD.... it was bulky, sucked up battery life, etc. Whats to keep the owner from loading a game through the USB port?

    Its smaller, more portable, lighter and slicker than the regular PSP. NINtendo also has a DL service for their games, as does MS with their Xbox360. So in the end, the PSP-GO's DL service isn't any really different from anyone else.

    BUT what is ODD that the PSP-GO is smaller, less mechanical parts - costs MORE money. That is a mistake. At worst, it should cost the same as a regular PSP. And considering PSP's position compared to the GameBoy family... the PSP-GO should be a bit cheaper to compete against the DSi.
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    Bruceification73 , October 5, 2009 7:38 AM
    On the inside just about all computers look the same to the untrained eye. This PSP is really not that high-tech of a product. Personally, I prefer the TV screen to such a small device. It's bad for the eyes, bad for your posture, and very unrealistic. I like to feel like I'm in the game, and I like feeling like I'm not killing my back hunched over the dang thing...
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    Bruceification73 , October 5, 2009 7:40 AM
    Also too much money for such long download times. I like games on demand.
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