i think it's an impulse buy. it's not really a brand new item. nothing special other than the fact it's convenient. it's kinda like a mini ipod; less storage space, costs more, but it's smaller and comes in cute colors. same concept. personally i'd rather play gran turismo on a big a$$ tv with a killer sound system rather than playing it on a small, cramped, handheld console with headphones while you're on your lunchbreak at work. my
The PSP may be excellent eventually, but not at launch.
1. It's too damn big. If it doesn't fit in a shirt pocket, it's not as "portable" as they want you to believe. All successful handhelds have had this problem at launch, of course. Eventually the GB and GBA both shrunk down to truly portable sizes, but the PSP and the DS have some reengineering to do.
2. The battery life. OMG, it's only about four hours when playing a 3D game. That's just freaking pathetic.
3. Maybe no one else cares about this but me, but those of you who read my posts regularly know that I am strongly opposed to proprietary media formats. And here Sony comes again with yet another one. They are actually going to try and convince us to buy movies on this new disc format...puh-lease. What idiot would buy a movie that will work only on the PSP when they can buy it on a DVD that works everywhere? And Sony has said that they have no intention (as of now, anyway) of ever releasing a consumer burner for these discs, meaning that users cannot make their own movie discs. Sure you can upload movies to a memory card, but those are pretty limited in size and/or very expensive per MB compared to an optical disc. I just find it hard to view this as the "next Walkman" (as Sony likes to hype it) if we can't very easily create and use our own portable content.
I would not be surprised if some or all of these issues to be solved by Xmas 2006, give or take six months.
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