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.
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,...
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: 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.
Excerpt: Over the past quarter-century, consumers have been bombarded by portable electronics. From the Walkman, to the PDA, to video players and handheld games of every description, the allure of technology-to-go has proven irresistible. But what constitutes a truly great portable?
Excerpt: In the past Nintendo has dominated the portable gaming market with its variations of the Game Boy handheld system (Original, Pocket, Color, Advance, Advance SP, and DS). Many inventive attempts have been made to rival Nintendo's firm grip.
Summary: The Sony PSP elevates portable gaming to the next level, but its multimedia functionality falls short of its full potential.
Pros: The Sony PSP is a slick portable gaming system highlighted by an impressive wide-screen display and PS2-like graphics. It also boasts built-in Wi-Fi, a Web browser, and the ability to play music and videos, as well as to store images.
Cons: The Sony PSP's multimedia functionality is underwhelming, especially for video, requiring expensive memory cards. The load times on the UMD games can be excessive.
Excerpt: The Dynamic Sony PSP Playstation Portable Console The Sony PSP puts the renowned gaming power of PlayStation in your pocket. With a wide range of games and movies to offer from simple, yet addictive, pick up and play titles that everyone can enjoy to more challenging titles for the experienced...
Summary: The PSP is the best portable gaming machine ever. Stick Alton Towers on casters, give it a battery and the Sony would still be our choice. What other machine offers a widescreen of such excellent performance that units, terminally damaged due to the tears of weeping grown men, have been returned to...