By Celeste . November 25, 2008 . 10:23am
The PSP is an exciting platform; being a handheld system that caters to the tastes of the hardcore gamer, it was always a novel creation. But now, with the launch of Go!View expanding the Go! Services for the PSP, SCEE is leaving UK owners of their handheld system little to want for.
For those who are unfamiliar, Go!View is the video download service powered by Sky for the PSP. The service is currently only available in the UK, Ireland and France (the latter through partnership with Canal Plus). In asking SCEE’s Carly Byron about a possible international expansion of the service, she reported “no current plans to role the GO!VIEW brand out in other territories”, so UK residents can enjoy taking rare entertainment-related precedence, at least for the moment.
The service offers three subscription packs; entertainment, sports, and comedy, costing £5, £8 or £10 per month for one, two or three packs respectively. There is also a pay-as-you-view option for movies and a limited number of TV shows, details of which can be found on the official site where downloadable content is updated on a daily basis.
However, a potential concern for Go!View is that it could lose some merit once the PlayStation Network video download service is launched in the UK and Europe next year, with it allowing content transfer from the PS3 to the PSP, although notably not content recorded through the PS3’s PlayTV peripheral. However, SCEE insists that the sheer amount of content that Go!View offers will keep the interest of customers. Only time will tell.
There are alternative services to Go!View that exist for viewers, such as Apple’s video iPods. However, Go!View may well appeal to PSP owners due to its platform specification and the diversity of content on offer alone. And whilst it may seem somewhat ironic that this portable service has itself an almost exclusive existence within a region renowned for its conservative in-door activities, it is a massive push to the PSP by Sony towards a multimedia endpoint.
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