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The Nintendo DS is doing amazingly well as a handheld console, that much we all know. The Sony PSP though? Not so good. The good news though is that Microsoft, the only console company without a handheld on the market, is keen to point out to sony what they're doing wrong.

Robbie Bach, President of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft, outlined just why he thought the PSP had failed to make a splash in the market in an interview with VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi, calling the PSP a 'cautionary tale'.

"The PSP is a reasonably successful product at the profit-and-loss level. But as a product concept, there are cautionary tales to learn from it," said Bach.

"While it is good at producing audio, it’s not a good music player because it doesn’t have local storage (except for flash memory slots). You can’t keep your music there," continued Bach - though he didn't stop there and went on to outline how the handheld is awful at video as well as music.

"It has a beautiful screen, but you can only get the video under the Universal Media Disc format. That format hasn’t been successful."

Hm. Is there anything Microsoft thinks the PSP is actually good at? Apparently not.

"On a game level, it has done well. But even there, it is mostly PlayStation 2 ports. There isn’t much original content," said Robbie as he put the final nail in the coffin.
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This guy obviously hasn't heard of custom firmwares...
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Yeah Custom firmwares make the PSP an awesome handheld but the NDS's Flash Carts make it the best online handheld because it's got tons of games that are online playable so you can play people all over the world.
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I agree with the news post. The thing that saves the PSP is the firmware/Custom Firmwares.
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I kind of regret buying a psp.

The whole UMD idea was a massive flop especially when it came to movies. Why would I want to buy the movie again to watch it on my psp or have to buy it on DVD after to watch it on a tv etc.

Saying the games are just PS2 ports is too higher of a complement. Most of the games are incredibly short with little replayability, have aweful graphics compared to what was expected from the psp. The better games are usually the ps2 ports.

Compared to the amount of games released on the DS, sony have screwed the psp over by controlling too much on the development side.
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i didn't think the psp was all that bad at all... I miss mine
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I love my PSP. Keeps me entertained on the train ride to work. It can do video from the memory stick.

The Nintendo products look good, but I get turned off by the fact that most of the games I see for it are kiddie-oriented (a Hannah Montana game? Give me a break!).
    
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I love my PSP. Keeps me entertained on the train ride to work. It can do video from the memory stick.

The Nintendo products look good, but I get turned off by the fact that most of the games I see for it are kiddie-oriented (a Hannah Montana game? Give me a break!).
Like "Ben 10: Protector of Earth" is any better? The reason why Nintendo does does with the DS is because they don't target just one market. They give a little bit for everyone. Thats another thing sony does wrong.

Nintendo aims for everyone. MS is mostly casual with a nice mixture of hardcore. Sony tries to be strictly Hardcore.

Thats like trying to run a Supermarket and saying only rich people can come in. Sure you will get rich people regardless, but you have a much better chance at letting anyone who has money in instead of just ones with a lot of money.

Plus there is nothing wrong with a good kidde game every now and then. Mario Kart any one?
    
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I love my PSP. Keeps me entertained on the train ride to work. It can do video from the memory stick.

The Nintendo products look good, but I get turned off by the fact that most of the games I see for it are kiddie-oriented (a Hannah Montana game? Give me a break!).
Thats why I stick to Sony/Microsoft for non PC gaming. Nintendo seems so childish.
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I sold my fatty and am getting a new one soon. I loved that thing, best hand held device i have ever seen and it continually gets better and better.
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