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PSPgo gutted, battery is 'unofficially' user-replaceable

9:20 AM on 09.23.2009 // Jim Sterling

Breaking: PSPgo dismemberment reveals battery placement chicanery!

You remember when Sony said that the PSPgo battery would be untouchable in an effort to curb piracy? Well, it turns out that the battery can be removed, but that Sony thought it could simply slap a warranty-voiding sticker over the thing to try and dissuade people, rather than employ some sort of competent security.

That's about the only reason I can think of for Sony doing this, effectively ending the warranty of anybody who feels the need to replace their PSPgo battery. The battery itself is not soldered in place, which makes this sticker a rather lazy (and likely ineffective) way of discouraging homebrewers from screwing with the machine's innards. Not to mention the fact that iFixit believes patient pirates will be able to slip the battery out while leaving the sticker intact. 

In other news, the PSPgo has no metal framework whatsoever, meaning that its entire structural integrity is provided by a thin plastic shell. The original PSP never exactly felt durable, but you can expect this one to require as much care as a baby with brittle bone disease. One wonders how much this $250 device actually costs to make. 

Still, that battery thing is hilarious. Just whacking a sticker on the thing? Come on, Sony -- even the constant, irritating firmware updating is a better idea than this, and that idea was sh*t.

[Thanks, electro lemon]

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