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.
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.
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 Sony complete with thank you notes? What other machine offers its own dinky (though slightly expensive) UMD movie format?
Conclusion: The quality of the PSP is unsurpassed. It is a high priced, high end piece of technological wonder. But the cost is justified by the amount of functions this little baby supports, as well as the wonderful presentation of movies and games on its high resolution screen. If you are at all turned off by the price, don’t let that be a judging factor.