PSP Go Hands on Preview
Eurogamer have been lucky enough to get their hands on a pre release PSP Go unit to have a quick hands on preview off. Some interesting things to note are the PSP Go model they previewed features Firmware 5.70. It may or may not be shipped with this unreleased firmware. Of course since Eurogamer have some friends in Sony which got them this pre release unit to preview. Its unlikely they would try the MOHH exploit just for fun on the PSP Go. Sony wouldn’t be impressed!
The pre-release sample of the new hardware arrived with an unreleased firmware revision: 5.70. This may or may not be the system software that ships with the retail unit coming on 1st October, but either way it seems certain new firmware is part of the launch. Regardless, 5.70 does feature a number of changes over the current 5.51 operating system, albeit somewhat slight.
Not surprisingly, it’s the Settings area of the XMB that gets the lion’s share of the changes:
* Network Update is now listed as System Update, but, curiously, has the same options.
* Video Settings obviously doesn’t have the first four UMD-related toggles.
* System Settings now has a “Your Birth Date” option (second from top), and a “Display Panel Close Option” toggle, which allows you to set it to either “Standard” (goes to a clock graphic) or “Enter Sleep Mode”. Also “Battery Information” seems to be gone, as do UMD-related options, but there’s a “Format System Storage” option in addition to the usual Memory Stick format option.
* Power Save Settings loses the “Backlight Auto-Adjust” option for some reason.
* There’s a new “Bluetooth Device Settings” entry, which consists of a toggle for switching Bluetooth on and off and a “Manage Bluetooth Devices” entry.
All other elements of the XMB are identical to the current 5.51 firmware, aside from a new “System Storage” folder similar to the “Memory Stick” one, which, as you might imagine, allows access to the PSPgo’s internal flash storage. Hooking up the PSPgo to a Mac via USB, we find that the total available storage available to the user is 14.74GB, formatted in the FAT32 configuration (hence introducing a 4GB file-size limit – unlikely to be a concern to any PSP user). All this gives the PSPgo a marginal memory edge over a 16GB iPod Touch (mine comes in at 14.64GB total capacity).
We also measured file transfer times via USB, to the internal flash memory and also to the M2 memory card, using a 699MB file (715,647KB). The M2 transfer came in at 93 seconds, while the copy to the internal flash drive took 95 seconds, so effectively there’s next to nothing in it.
We dare them to try the MOHH exploit
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