Hands On LittleBigPlanet PSP And PSP Go

By Spencer . June 4, 2009 . 9:50am

PSP go closeup 1 Portable LittleBigPlanet feels just like LittleBigPlanet on the PlayStation 3. A demo level had Sackboy collecting score bubbles and dragging boxes to make platforms. LittleBigPlanet for PSP also has different levels of depth, but only two — foreground and background — instead of three in the PS3 version.

 

The PSP version of LittleBigPlanet will have 30 new levels designed by the development team and the same level creating/sharing the PlayStation 3 game had. Sony plans on releasing LittleBigPlanet as a downloadable PSP game and a retail game later this year.

 

I played LittleBigPlanet on the PSP Go. Since the handheld was locked on a metal bar heavier than the system  it’s hard to get a sense of how light the PSP Go is. The new control layout isn’t as cramped as it looks. The analog stick lies between the D-pad and face buttons so you kind of rest your thumb on the D-pad when using the stick. The shoulder buttons are smaller and hidden behind the slide up screen.

 

None of these changes are huge improvements over the current design, it’s the small size and flash memory that makes the PSP Go standout. However, after asking many third party publishers it sound like many of them will be releasing their retail PSP games on the PlayStation Store on the same day.


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  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    I’m torn between this and the current PSP. I’m kind of afraid that if I go in for a PSP 3000, it’ll be outdated by next year.

    On the other hand, PSP Go! seems to be missing something I’m incredibly used to, which is being able to rest my index fingers on the L/R buttons and the sides of the device.

    I can’t tell from the pictures if you can do that or not. What do you think, Spencer?

    • daizyujin

      My buddy was finally about to take the plunge for a PSP himself but is now similarly torn.

      On one hand man I don’t know if I would go for the Go. It doesn’t appear that the Go has any real technical enhancements like the DSi did. In fact the way Kaz talked, it sounds like they want to make the two exactly identical in features supported with the only real difference being form. $80 more and you are giving up the UMD drive. To me that is a lot to ask. It isn’t like on the DSi where you gain features for loosing the GBA slot. Besides, even if they kill UMD support in the future, you can still buy the games via PSN and save them on the memory stick. The cards already come in 16 gig flavors.

      • daizyujin

        One more thing, the screen is slightly smaller. Don’t know how I feel about that either.

        BTW I agree with your point on the hand space. This is definately something I would want to try before I buy.

        I guess my point, although I havn’t tried the Go, I would recommend the 3000, I just don’t see what is being added. From a functionality stand point, it don’t look like anything is.

        • daizyujin

          Yet again one more thing. While Kaz said that new releases will all be released on UMD and PSN, there is still no word about legacy titles. If you haven’t played many PSP games as of now Isshan, you would be missing out on a LOT of great titles that could potentially be had for a reduced price.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Yea, that thought crossed my mind, too. I’ve been keeping an eye on lots of PSP games ever since it was announced but I haven’t really played many of them.

            You’re right, though. They keep calling this the “Premium” PSP but what am I paying a premium price for? $250 is a lot. It’s a little bit more portable, sure. But could go buy a 360 and a game with that money.

            Can anyone verify if you’ll be able to use the 3000 to access the digital downloads like Go! can?

          • daizyujin

            I can’t verify anything, however, I can make an educated guess based on extrapolation. I can download full PSP games off the PSN onto my PSP 1000 just fine now. Sony already has been creeping a few out here and there. Most of them are just digital rereleases of legacy games that are a few years old. And don’t forget Patapon 2 which was a PSN exclusive, even the boxed copy had a voucher for downloading the game inside. No UMD was in the box. (Yes I know, it makes the whole point of selling a boxed copy moot.)

            I would imagine they would just stick to offering the games on the Go in the same manner from the exact same store as the current PSP units use. That way the whole system would be universal and they would avoid the logistical nightmare of having two seperate stores for each PSP system.

            Besides, Sony would much rather an existing PSP user download the digital versions as apposed to the UMDs, they make more money that way and it cuts out the possibility of used sales.

            If you are going to spend the extra cash, just import that sweet green PSP-3000. That thing is sexy.

            (Oh and if you get a 360, buy a Jasper. Take if from a person that has already had 2 360s die on him, be careful. I love the 360, its my favorite system of this generation, but even I am running out of patience. I have never seen a system that was this shoddy in design.)

        • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

          Since the screen is slightly smaller, I heard people say that games appear a little more crispier. At least, they say it doesn’t look cramped and out of whack with the resolution.

          I just got a PSP for dirt cheap, but I love the idea of just carrying downloaded games. I’m ready to leave discs behind! However, I’m more concerned that we’ll be able to download imported games. If I can’t play IM@S on GO!, then maybe I won’t make the purchase right away. I don’t subscribe to the idea of region locks.

          • daizyujin

            If it works similar to how downloaded games work on the current PSP you will be able to play imports, however the system will be locked to the region and account that is entered on the system. You can’t have multiple accounts on it as far as I know like the PS3.

            So you would be able to play imports, but only imports. The video will now be done over the PSN as well so it will likely be locked via IP, not region coding as UMD video was. So if you put your Japanese PSN account on the system you will be stuck with the Japanese PSN shop for games, and the video shop will be locked out via IP lock.

          • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

            Well, sh*t…

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Incidentally, it seems Pachter (and quite a few others) agree with our opinion on price point. :)

  • Roto13

    I was going to get a Go, but not for $250. It’s not $80 more impressive than a 3000. :P I’ll probably get a 3000 later this month.

    • daizyujin

      Exactly what I was thinking. As long as Sony and 3rd parties makes the games available on the network day and date, it don’t matter which model you have, you still don’t HAVE to lug UMDs around anymore. The more I think about it, I just don’t see a real point to the Go.

      • Roto13

        The point of the Go is that you have a LOT more memory than a 3000. But that memory is too expensive to be practical.

        • Chow

          Doesn’t the PSP Go! also use a completely different (and new) kind of memory stick, too?

          • daizyujin

            Yes, it uses the Memory Stick Micro or M2. Compare it to Micro SD/Transflash. It is like Micro SD a smaller format used more for cellular devices, notably phones made by Sony/Ericsson.

            On a side note, isn’t it funny that Sony has decided to announce its usage on June 2nd in the PSP Go after announcing that it would remove the cards from S/E phones the day before? Ironic.

          • daizyujin

            The format is not new though. It has been around for about three years. Its just most people don’t own Sony/Ericsson cellphones so its usage is rather limited.

  • Chow

    The PSP Go!, to me seems like the perfect PSP to put custom firmware on, but even if I went that way with it, it will not replace my regular support of the PSP. I haven’t done so with my regular PSP-1000 (and probably will never) because I actually like having physical copies of my games.

    • daizyujin

      I agree with you completely. The sad part is that given Sony’s continued effort to make newer PSP’s harder and harder to flash, this might be quite difficult.

  • Nekobo

    Yeah, I agree with Spencer…the PSP Go felt surprisingly solid. I thought my hand would cramp up after playing LBP and Soul Calibur, but I was wrong. I’m sticking with my old PSP 1000, though. $249 plus tax is a bit much for a redesign. Sony should pack in a game or two to make it worth it.

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      Or do what Nintendo did with the DSi and hand out some points/credits to d/l a game or two.

      But, yeah, slice off about 50 bucks and I’ll feel a little more confident about my purchase.

    • daizyujin

      Yeah, just make it legacy games that are good, but not high sellers. If they are 1st party games, then there is little cost involved at all.

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