With Sony’s newest PSP Go due to officially begin shipping on October 1st, much of the talk surrounding the handheld gaming system has been centered around it’s ‘non-removable or replaceable’ battery. With previous PSP Go’s being plagued by “Pandora’s Battery”, an easy modification of the system’s battery that allows the exploitation of custom firmware and homebrew, Sony has now taken measures to protect their interests by going the way of the non-removable battery. Will it work?
Apparently the dissection of the PSP Go has already taken place, and the findings were quite interesting. iFixit notes that the system is kept together through typical Phillips screws and that the battery can be replaced, including without breaking the “void if broken” seal as long as the user is skilled. It’s also a high capacity battery that holds 930mAh — more than the Nintendo DSi’s 840mAh or the 789mAh of the iPod touch — though the large screen means its battery life is roughly similar at three to six hours depending on the task. Electronista also notes that that the PSP Go is still limited to slower 802.11b Wi-Fi by hardware and uses a custom Sony processor at its heart with Samsung providing the 16GB of flash storage.
So although it is possible to to remove the non-removable battery on the PSP Go, it’s likely that the average PSP Go user will be thwarted by the measures put into place my Sony to avoid this from taking place.