The lights are on
When the Vita comes out and the inevitable price drop hits I will be looking to finally buy a PSP. I'm really considering getting the PSP Go, but I am concerned from the way it looks. I am worried that it will feel less like a handheld and more like a cell phone. I guess what I'm asking really is how are the controls? Are they crammed together and hard to use? Is the smaller screen an issue? How is the overall feel of the system compared to a 1000, 2000, or 3000? All the games I want are downloadable so that is not an issue. I love how compact the Go is, but I am also greatly concerned that the overall gaming experience will be hindered due to that same compactness.
Do not buy the PSP Go. It's an all-digital system with almost no storage space (16 GB if I remember correctly), and it's unlikely that Sony will support it much longer. As I understand it, it was generally regarded by Sony as an experiment that failed. You cannot play retail PSP games on it, so you can't get used games for it--and with the PSP going out, that's going to be a big part of what you play on the thing. The regular PSP can still download games, however, so you miss out on nothing having it--but you miss out on a log with the PSP Go. Just remember to grab a much bigger Memory Stick for the regular PSP. I have an 8 GB stick.
I know, it's less than the 16 GB of the PSPGo, but then again, I can actually play physical games on the regular PSP. Plus, Sony re-released a bunch of games in 2-packs for $15 late last year. Pretty good deal when you think about it.
I have a PSP 3000 model (the Metal Gear Solid special edition), and I don't find it bulky or clunky or anything. Just loud and less enjoyable overall than my 3DS. I like the PSP, but Sony barely cared for the thing. It's a miracle that it sold as brilliantly as it did.
Get the regular PSP. Most of the current PSP's for sale come with 2 games or a game and a movie, and I think all of them come with a 2GB memory stick. They're pretty good deals--and there are lots of different sets.