Generally I am pretty impressed with Sony’s design skills. I have to admit I am not yet fully convinced by the PSPgo though I recognise Sony are simply building on the work they did for their Mylo handheld and I will reserve final judgement for when I can actually get my hands on one.
The PSPgo add-on that I saw this morning though had me doing a double take because it looked like someone having a laugh at Sony’s expense. One of the problems I have with the ‘go is that while it is essentially a repackaged PSP-1/2/3000 it is utterly incompatible out of the box with all previous PSP cables and add-ons like the Go!Cam and G0!Explore GPS receiver.
It is Sony’s astonishing PSPgo Converter that allows you to attach the existing PSP add-ons that left me stunned. I will let Sony’s official pictures do the talking.
Here is Sony’s accompanying press release that also lists the other accessories those lucky Japanese will be able to bulk-out their ‘gos with:
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PERIPHERALS FOR PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE)GO
Expands the Entertainment World of PSPgo with Attractive Peripheral and Accessory Line-up
Tokyo, September 24, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) announced today that it will release Bluetooth® Stereo Head-set Receiver and Converter Cable Adaptor for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable)go (PSP-N1000) on December 24, 2009, in Japan, at a recommended retail price of 4,980 yen and 1,980 yen (both including tax), respectively. These peripherals will also become available in North America, Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries and regions beginning January 2010*1.
Bluetooth Stereo Head-set Receiver
With a sleek design that matches perfectly with PSPgo, users will be able to enjoy a variety of entertainment content sounds comfortably through the Bluetooth wireless technology with the combination of commercially available head-phone and head-set. The Bluetooth Stereo Head-set Receiver pairs easily with PSPgo by simply holding the power button of the receiver, and operation buttons on the receiver will also enable users to instantly play, stop, pause, forward, rewind, and adjust the volume of music and videos. Additionally, the receiver can be paired with up to eight Bluetooth devices by using the Multi Pairing Feature.
Converter Cable Adaptor
With the new Converter Cable Adaptor*2, PSPgo users will be able to utilize the existing peripherals for PSP such as 1Seg Tuner*3, GPS Receiver and Camera designed for PSP-1000, 2000 and 3000 series on the PSPgo system that adopts Multi use connector.
Additional peripherals and accessories will be released for PSPgo in conjunction with PSPgo launch in Japan to enhance its portability and convenience of users’ use, including:
- AC Adaptor 2,100 yen (including tax)
- USB Cable 1,575 yen (including tax)
- AV Cable 2,200 yen (including tax)
- D-Terminal AV Cable 2,800 yen (including tax)
- Component AV Cable 3,000 yen (including tax)
- Cradle 4,800 yen (including tax)
- Accessory Pack 6,000 yen (including tax)
- Display Protection Film 800 yen (including tax)
- Privacy Film 1,000 yen (including tax)
- Pouch & Hand Strap (Black/White) 1,000 yen (including tax)/each
- PSPgo Pouch (Black/Grey) 1,600 yen (including tax)/each
- PSPgo Leather Case & Hand Strap 4,200 yen (including tax)
- Car Adaptor 1,980 yen (including tax)
SCE will continue to further expand the PlayStation platforms with these new peripheral and accessory line-up with introducing the new PSP line-up, PSPgo.
Update: More info gathered from another Sony press release that has found its way into my inbox. The Coverter Cable Adaptor, pictured above, can indeed be used with the ‘go open or closed and apparently the cable is approximately 145mm long.
Bizarrely though “Bluetooth function is not available when Converter Cable Adaptor is connected to Multi use connector”. I can only assume that the Bluetooth signal is blocked by connecting this 41g abomination to your PSPgo?
EU prices for the various accessories are:
- Bluetooth® Stereo Head-set Receiver €39.99
- Converter Cable Adaptor €14.99
- Cradle €24.99
- AV Cable €19.99
- Component AV Cable €24.99
- Car [cigarette lighter] Adaptor €24.99
EU prices for the other accessories are not listed so that may be an indication that we will not be seeing them over here, at least to begin with.