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The Great Experiment

In a week full of startling gaming news, from Microsoft's virtual controller to Nintendo's biometric add-on, Sony's launch of a digital-download only gaming system has the greatest potential to be a game changer for the industry.

The PSPgo is a slimmed down version of Sony's Playstation Portable. The device, set to hit stores on Oct. 1 for $249 in either black or white, slides apart to display its controls and features 16GB of internal memory. But most importantly, it lacks any sort of drive to load or play games on. The original PSP uses small UMD discs to load games. The PSPgo will get all of its content digitally, via downloads.

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