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Sony Shutting Down Go!Messenger Service

by Rainier on Feb. 23, 2009 @ 8:13 a.m. PST

Go!Messenger let PSP users keep in touch with each other, for free, from any wireless broadband internet connection, allowing gamers to Video, Voice and Instant Message each other from anywhere in the world all from their PSPs. Sony is shutting down the service end of March, citing disappointing a number of regular users that BT and SCEE were aiming for.

Utilising the very latest in VOIP technology, PSP users can now keep in touch with each other, for free, from any wireless internet connection. As part of a future firmware upgrade, Go! Messenger places a small application on PSP's XMB (XrossMediaBar), which can be downloaded separately from the web and installed to the Memory Stick, and PSP owners will be able to instant message (IM) each other when connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, using a new and intuitive on-screen keyboard. By adding a headset, voice chat and voice messaging becomes possible, and by connecting Go!Cam, the attachable video camera for PSP, users also have the ability to make video calls to their friends and leave fun video and voice messages.

The Go!Messenger suite of communications tools will become a key part of the PSP owner's busy lifestyle, enabling a variety of communications options to help them stay in touch with their friends, and truly bringing the entertainment potential of PSP to life.

Go!Messenger has been developed in partnership with BT, one of the world's leading telecoms providers and along with other new products such as Go!Explore, Go!Cam and the Go! branded Video Download Service, highlight PSP's commitment to communications, community and entertainment through the new Go! Brand.

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