No, That’s Not A PSPgo, It’s An Imitation

By Spencer . October 8, 2009 . 11:50am

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The PSPgo has been on shelves for about a week and there’s already a clone.


The device on the left is a Slide Panel Retro and it doesn’t play PSP games. It, according to the product page, has an emulator for 16 bit games, a camera, FM radio, and MP3 player. Whoever made this went to great lengths to copy Sony. Even the beveled back is the same, minus the PSP logo.





I hope Sony’s lawyers abide by the adage “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”


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  • QBasic

    Well…at least it isn’t the POPstation…

    • matty

      My favorite is the PolyStation.
      I think Spencer covered one of the games in it – the one with Pikachu in Super Mario Bros.

      • QBasic

        Did he? Seriously? When?

        • matty

          Bah! I can’t post links here (the system must think it’s spam), but search for “pika pirate” on this site.

          I remember playing it on my nephew’s Polystation that he got for Christmas.
          It actually has some pretty decent games if you ever try it.

          • QBasic

            Just remove the “h” from “http”. That seems to do the trick.

          • Aoshi00

            So that’s the trick.. I was wondering why some of my posts got “moderated” and never showed up because of a link, and it was some cool stuff I wanted to share from youtube :(…

          • Spencer

            Ahh sorry about the links. Those are going through spam filters :(. I’m going to try to readjust the site so everyone can put one link in a post without it getting tossed in the moderation graveyard.

          • Aoshi00

            And I thought Spence was the cruel “moderator”, lol..

          • QBasic

            Lol. I thought so too…

            Oh well, no rush dude. :3 I think we can make do with the link trick for now.

  • Hiryuu


    Yea, they’re really trying.

  • cbjones

    to be fair, there were tons of sliding portable media players on eBay before Sony announced the PSPGo. Sony’s aesthetic design for this thing wasn’t exactly ground breaking. Maybe this is just a coincidence…Obviously it isn’t, but still.

    I feel bad for all the kids who nag their parents for video games, only to instead get a knock off system.


    I take it back. It must be funny when they get their hopes up, only to realize they’ve been duped by frugal relatives. Hehe…

    • QBasic

      Hey, I’ll take a Polystation 3 over grandma’s wool boxers any day…

    • matty

      Haha! My sister is like that to her kids! Instead of giving them all the cool stuff she gives them “Justice Friends” figures, Pokemon toys that aren’t really Pokemon, t-shirts with a purple Bugs Bunny, and of course the Polystation.

      It’s going to be pretty interesting seeing them as adults.

  • cowcow


    • Aoshi00

      How much does this fake go for?

      No matter how much I like new gadgets, I still can’t bring myself to buy this (got pretty close though if I hadn’t missed Dell’s 15% off deal, bringing the Go to $212 plus tax), when I consider the inability to play the dozens of UMD games I own and my unwillingness to buy full games digitally. And for a mp3 player or paper weight, the price is still steep… Will wait till they let us play our UMD library or a special edition PSPGo, I’m a sucker for that, and right now the two colors are both bad anyway, fingerprint black or sparkly white.

      I heard the Go even uses a new type of memory stick right? Does that mean you can’t even transfer the save files from the PSP to Go? The cons of this machine are just too many…

      • Spencer

        Like $80 something at that one site. There are probably other retailers selling this under different names.

  • Ed Stastny

    It’ll never happen, but I hope the clone-makers get sued to oblivion. That is, unless their clone plays UMDs.

    • CleruTesh

      Couldn’t disagree more. When it comes to patents, I really think it is ridiculous when companies sue each other over aesthetic similarities. However, an unlicensed player for a proprietary copy-protected format would be stepping over the line IMHO. Although I do take issue with the “emulator for 16 bit games”, which I doubt has any legitimate use.

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