With the PSP Go, Sony have set the ball rolling. They're not the first company to offer digital versions of games, of course; PC games have been available as digital downloads for years, and services such as GamersGate, Steam and Direct2Drive have proved the feasibility of such offerings. Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade offered digital only titles from the Xbox 360's inception, and since then full digital versions of both Xbox and Xbox 360 titles have been made available to gamers.
But The PSP Go is the first console to adopt a digital only strategy. One that, GameShard fears, the UK is simply not ready for.