PSP Go! Region. What's locked, device or PSN accounts?

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  1. wit68sp macrumors newbie

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    PSP Go device boxes appear as Region coded. I have just bought one for my nephews on a trip in the US (region 1) while it was released, but we live in Europe (region 2). I'm assuming the coding works from the device activated with a PSN account (that are country-IP-credit card linked).

    The threads I have searched so far are full of rumors (likewise in a discussion forum with this name ;) ), a number of them before the release of the PSP Go device.

    1. Can anyone confirm usability of a PSP Go device bought in Region 1 (US) activated with a PSN account Region 2? (before I give it as a present!!)

    2. Can anyone ratify that after activation, the device could only use games from the region of that account (i.e. Region 2) and if you travel, let's say to the US or to Japan, then you should activate the device with a different account, linked to IP and credit card from this new Region, and therefore with new or specific games downloaded from this (different) account?

    3. Now, rumor time. Does anybody know whether this crazy policy (to me) will stand long for Sony?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. wit68sp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "Portability" of PSP Go across coding Regions: One month, over 300 hits, no reply

    I guess either my post was too complex, or PSP Go is having less success than expected. No one able to reply to the "portability" of PSP Go across coding regions?

    :confused:
     
  3. Dagless macrumors Core

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    From what I've heard PSN games are region locked to the account.
    Will they change? Unlikely. Microsoft are the only people with a good download service on consoles, none of them are Steam but both Sony and Nintendo like to lock you out.
     
  4. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    So... what if you made a European PSN account?
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    As far as I am aware. The PSPgo can only be one region at a time, when you create an account it assigns your hardware to that account (like windows activation) and if you try setting up a new European account it should tell you that this machine is already registered with another account and stop you from completing account creation.

    Oh and yes, the PSP go has been relativly unsuccesful so far, and will continue to be so until Sony sorts out better pricing and drm issues.

    A great little machine, hindered by Sonys hubrice. Much like the PS3 was until Sony began to scoff a lot of humble pie and rectify it's blasé attitude to customers. However with PSP go Sony are making the same mistakes all over, but this time they are making it worse by having a machine that even retailers aren't pushed in selling from my experience here.
     
  6. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    ;):eek::p
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    P.S. You need more Shift experience
     
  7. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, Sony is redoing it's mistakes (which is incredibly stupid, I thought people learned from their mistakes...), but it's also hard to convince retailers to sell something that won't get them any extra profit after the initial sale. They'd rather sell a normal PSP, because then consumers will buy UMDs.
     
  8. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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    I bet you though once this drops to 200 i think these will sell pretty well
     
  9. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Seeing that it's not as good as the 3000, it will need to be cheaper than that.
     
  10. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    The hardware is better than the 3000. Far, far superior screen in the Go!, internal flash memory and all the little tweaks such as the Pause option etc.

    The lack of UMD is the only downer. That is it. If you're happy without UMD, the Go! is excellent and far superior.
     
  11. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I wouldn't say so. The screen is smaller, the keypad is in a worse position, no replaceable battery, the 1000-3000 can go up to 32gb just like the Go (M2 cards max at 16gb), no need for a further accessory required to use PSP accessories (GPS, camera etc), being locked to a single shop for games, being forced into DRM and region locked games and the unit itself costs more.
     
  12. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    I actually prefer the smaller screen, mostly because it's crisp and dense :D
     
  13. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Hardware wise there is nothing wrong with the umdless psp go. I dint think the retail price of the hardware os necesserily a problem either.

    The problem comes from the fact you are paying more to download a game over physical media, and that you will never be able to trade in a game either. You can not choose to look for the best prices from various retailers as you only have the psn store. You're utterly restricted and over charged. This isn't necesserily disaster making, but the fact that I'm getting less and paying more is the prohibitive factor for psp go's success.

    Do you think the iTunes store would have been a success if the download cost more than the physical cd? People are willing to accept drm and limitations if your saving $$$ over the UMD which comes with disk, case and booklet (and can be traded in). Until Sony sort out that. PSP go will only ever be a niche of the psp brand.
     
  14. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    £150 for a PSP Go! in the UK right now. That's the same, if not cheaper, than a PSP-3000. The screen is slightly smaller, but clearly you've never used one. The screen is fantastic - sharper, much better colour and doesn't look washed out. As for memory, the Go! has an M2 slot as well, taking you up to 32GB (don't know how you got to that figure for a 3000, based on a single M2 slot that takes a single 16GB card).

    As I said, if you're happy without UMD (and by extension, to deal with the PSN store), the PSP Go! is excellent.

    See above. If you accept no UMD, you accept the PSN.
     
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    The PSP-3000 is £130, the 2000 is £90, the cheapest I can find a go from a reputable and new (not second hand) Go is £179 from Woolworths.co.uk. Most shops are selling for £200 with the actual RRP being slightly above that.
    The 3000 display isn't washed out either.
    The Go supports M2 which goes up to 16gb, with 16gb internal thats 32gb. Pro Duo goes up to 32gb now. Just as I said - both support up to 32gb.
     
  16. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Go try HMV. £149, and I imagine everywhere will follow shortly. Their online store is showing £199.99, but in-store is £149.

    3000 is washed out. Put it next to a PSP Go! and you'll see what I mean - I own both systems and there is a world of difference.
     
  17. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Not necessarily. Life is not black and white like your response.

    PSN is ok, but when I buy a game I always look for the best price for the software. Why over pay in one place when it's available considerably less elsewhere ? There is certainly nothing wrong with frugality.

    I would accept PSN's PSP software pricing if it reflected the fact that I am buying direct (therefore no retailers high profit margins); I am getting less for my money (no case, no artwork, no booklet); and that I am unable to ever trade that item in for a newer title once completed / bored with.

    Take, Jak & Dakter. On PSN it retails for €36.99
    One cursory glance on Play.com = €23.99 with free shipping
    http://www.play.com/Games/PSP/4-/10267402/Jak-Daxter-The-Lost-Frontier/Product.html
    €13 more on PSN. This is excluding the retailers profit margin, artwork, case, disk, booklet, postage etc....


    Similar story for Little Big Planet on PSP. PSN = €36.99
    Online + free shipping = €23.99
    http://www.play.com/Games/PSP/4-/9163411/LittleBigPlanet-PSP/Product.html

    That's €26 Euro saved with just two titles. That's another game.... (which I can trade in later)

    No matter how lovely the PSP go is. No matter how I'm not bothered about UMD. The fact remains I refuse to pay extortionate pricing for anything.

    I like PSN and have bought some titles through it (mostly PS3 arcade titles like Fat Princess, Trine etc..) but I simply refuse to pay more for less.

    Games like Wipeout HD which started on PSN, and then subsequently released on Blu-Ray were retailing for the same price in shops as they were on PSN. That is fair and good value and I have no problem with that.

    But charging more... No way...
     
  18. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Christ. When I say that you accept the PSN, I mean the whole shebang, including the inability to trade in titles, the lack of competitive pricing on some titles (although some are cheap).

    Nothing is hard about what I said. If you buy a PSP Go! you are accepting the fact that you have no UMD drive, and as such are tied into the PSN, and all that this means.

    People on here need to stop being so pedantic.
     

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