Sony PlayStation Portable PSP-2000 Portable Gaming Console and Media Player Review
12 March 2008
Conclusion: The combination of design specs and available features really put the PSP in a class by itself. Making serious comparison to either the Nintendo DS as a gaming device or the iPod as a multimedia player would be a futile effort. With a gorgeous screen now even more so, video output, new bundles and a host of tweaks, Sony's pocket rocket is more of a blast than ever.
Excerpt: Introduction Let me come right out and say that in the 20-plus years that I have played video games, from the Atari 2600 to the Microsoft X-Box and Sony PS2, I have never been more enthusiastic about a video game system than the handheld Sony PSP. This brand new, handheld gaming system from Sony is not the most powerful game machine on the market. It packs a modest 333 MHz processor and there aren’t a great deal of games available yet, so why am I so up on this system?
Conclusion: The PSP is an elegant portable device that excels at playing games and is a good music player, video player, and photo viewer. Regrettably, Sony continues to rely on propriety removable media formats to deliver the content.
Pros: Portable multimedia and gaming device that is well designed and easy to use. The 4.3-inch widescreen TFT LCD is simply beautiful. Built-in Wi-Fi for playing games against friends (or enemies).
Cons: Sony continues to rely on proprietary technology such as the Universal Media Disk (UMD) and the Memory Stick Duo format. System volume doesn't get loud enough. Lacks features found on dedicated music/video players.
Excerpt: My first impression of this beast in action was pure Awe. Capitalized for enthusiasm. The system looks really sexy even when it's turned off. It has a very sleek design. Portable gaming, portable movies, portable music... What about portable picture gallery? Yep, it has that, too.
Conclusion: Who wouldn't love a console that looks like a $500 ultra-modern and cool device, has Sony behind it, a great list of rollout titles and a widescreen that can't be beat? Throw in movie playback, an MP3 player, stereo, a photo viewer, stereo output, standard 802.11b WiFi and geat gaming ergonomics, Sony is taking the market in new directions. If you wonder what may make Sony different than the rest that have tried in the past, Sony makes Sony different.
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