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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2005, 11:02:13 AM »

Got a chuckle out of this post over at HTF.  It was in a thread discussing what movies are slated for release on the PSP.

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I'll stick with my DS, thanks.


Sure, if you prefer mostly children's games and low quality graphics and limited functionality. My store hasn't sold a DS in probably weeks. I don't expect it to go far at all.

Me, I prefer a large(for a handheld) 16x9 display able to produce near PS2 graphics as well as impressive multimedia capabilities like MP3 and movie playback as well as a picture viewer and near limitless potential like web browsing, email, word processing, etc. Plus with about 27 titles available at launch, it will have more games available initially than the DS has now, nearly 3 months after it's release! So my choice is easy; PSP all the way!
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2005, 11:41:40 AM »

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Sure, if you prefer mostly children's games and low quality graphics and limited functionality. My store hasn't sold a DS in probably weeks. I don't expect it to go far at all.

Me, I prefer a large(for a handheld) 16x9 display able to produce near PS2 graphics as well as impressive multimedia capabilities like MP3 and movie playback as well as a picture viewer and near limitless potential like web browsing, email, word processing, etc. Plus with about 27 titles available at launch, it will have more games available initially than the DS has now, nearly 3 months after it's release! So my choice is easy; PSP all the way!

Ack, what a fanboy.  Yeah, I can't wait for word processing on the PSP.

Real gamers know Nintendo systems aren't just for kids.  :)

FYI, here is a list of the pricing of PSP games from the TRU point-of-sale database:

49.99
spiderman 2
midnight club 3
grand theft auto
dynasty warriors
fantastic four
mercury
nfl street
tiger woods pga
fifa soccer
mvp baseball
thug 2

39.99
lumines
ridge racer
rengoku
metal gear acid
untold legends
darkstalkers
twisted metal
atv off road fury
gretzky nhl
mlb
ape escape
nba
wipeout pure
world soccer
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2005, 12:06:07 PM »

Sony admits problem with PSP.


I don't know why but I see myself jumping on the wagon.  I am weak.  I need help.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2005, 03:57:38 PM »

Todd,

Just to clarify, this change only addresses the 'sticking' button problem, which was a manufacturing defect.

The 'finicky' square button that has to be pressed down more deliberately than the others....that's a 'conscious design decision', which may never be fixed.

These problems are separate.

I've got $300+ worth of Gamerush credit (from previous game and DVD tradeins) burning a hole in my pocket and I might cave.  The fact that they have online play from day one increases my temptation.

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I am weak.  I need help

I'm a gadget freak at heart.  I just bought an X50v PDA, which I sure don't need for productivity, but it sure makes a nice little book reader and media player.  Also plays some cool games, including classics like the LucasArts adventures.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2005, 04:19:31 PM »

Yea, I know....which is why it makes it worse if I get one. 

I have a Sony credit card (college days) and I can use the points to "buy" Sony products.  I have enough points to "buy" the PSP....which is why I may cave.  I would definitely pass if I had to use my own cash.  I really need to switch credit cards to something more useful.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2005, 09:00:09 PM »

Screw the PSP. I'm no fanboy, but every piece of Sony equipment I've had has been a POS. Wait, my second PS2 I got after my original launch system crapped out after 16 months is still going strong  ::) ; although that may be because I haven't turned it on in 9 months.

Sony TV: Problems after 3 years.
Sony digital camera: Dead after 2 years.
Sony Vaio PC: A waste of money.

PSP will be more of the same. I think Sony is highly over rated. I seriously doubt I buy any more products manufactured by Sony. Just burned too many times after throwing handfuls of maney at them I guess.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2005, 03:44:00 PM »

It is looking like there aren't going to be shortages at launch.   1 million is a lot of units for a release day.   Gamerush is telling locations that they can sell 22 preorders per store, increased from a mere 5 units.

Here's a rant about the system design.  The author claims that the whole UMD decision was driven by movie and music playback, not games, and that the system would be better for pure gaming with the increased battery life that would come from using ROM based media like the GBA and DS.

He may have a point.

http://www.ferrago.com/story/4521
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2005, 09:53:44 PM »

AP has a system review:

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Review: PlayStation Portable Is Slick
Monday March 14, 2:07 pm ET
By Matt Slagle, AP Technology Writer
Review: PlayStation Portable Is Simply Overpowering As an Attractive, Uncompromising System

Handheld video game machines have finally grown up with the PlayStation Portable from Sony Corp.

That's no slight to Nintendo Co., long a purveyor of kid-friendly Game Boys and, more recently, a cleverly interactive and affordable dual-screen model.

The PSP, however, has the edge with its versatility, raw power and chiseled good looks.

Like some diminutive monolith from "2001: A Space Odyssey," the PSP looks as if formed from a single black slab of plastic. And if the sleek design doesn't grab you, wait until you turn it on and see the sharp 4.3-inch liquid crystal screen.

The $250 PSP Value Pack, which goes on sale in North America on March 24, includes the PSP, stereo headphones, a 32-megabyte Memory Stick Duo, battery and charger, a wrist strap and soft carrying case.

Included are two of Sony's proprietary 1.8-gigabyte Universal Media Discs. One is a sampler of music, movies and video games. The other is the movie "Spider-Man 2." The UMDs, about the size of a silver dollar, were a snap to load into the 10-ounce device.

About 24 games, each in the $40 price range, should be available when the PSP launches. UMD movies are expected to cost about as much as DVD movies, though you won't be able to drop a UMD into a DVD player, as the two formats are incompatible.

With a 16:9 aspect ratio (meaning it looks like a movie screen) and a resolution of 480 by 272 pixels, the PSP's crisp, bright graphics are spectacular. Watching "Spider-Man 2," I felt as if I was holding some artifact from the future, amazed I was able to enjoy a feature film on such a small screen without squinting.

Glare was a problem, especially outdoors. Get used to seeing your face on the screen.

There's a cleaning cloth included, and good thing: the glossy black exterior is easily smudged marring the otherwise gorgeous appearance. On such a pristine surface, even tiny bits of dust and grease really stand out.

The PSP has been described as a PlayStation 2 console that fits in your hands, and for the most part it's true. But you can't play PS2 games on the PSP, and vice versa.

It may be the most expensive portable games system available, costing $100 more than the dual-screen Nintendo DS, but it's also by far the most powerful. I played two games from Sony's 989 Sports division, "Gretzky NHL" and "World Tour Soccer." Indeed, they looked almost but not quite as good as similar games I've seen on the PS2.

The buttons will be familiar to anyone who's used a standard PS2 controller. It's a good, clean layout that's easy to hold and use even after several hours. Music and picture viewing options are listed in the easy-to-navigate menu system, but they're definitely not a priority.

Sony doesn't supply the required USB cable to transfer pictures or songs from your computer, nor is there any included software to organize such files. I had to drag and drop individual files, a tedious process. And it didn't take long to fill up the measly 32 megabytes. Saved games also are stored on the memory cards, further pinching their capacity.

To avoid swapping cards or losing them, I bought a more spacious 512-MB card on the Internet for $90.

It was an easy, nearly automatic process to connect to a local Wi-Fi hotspot, which will enable gamers to soon challenge each other across time zones. You can also play against as many as 15 other nearby PSPs on an ad hoc wireless network.

The replaceable lithium-ion battery took over two hours to fully charge. I watched "Spider-Man 2," about an hour and a half long, with the screen brightness and stereo sound maxed.

That drained about half the battery, giving me a few extra hours to play games before I had to recharge.

Sony predicts the battery will last between three and six hours, depending on use. Movies and games are especially power-hungry because they draw information from the spinning UMDs.

The PSP itself is a bit too large to fit in a pants or shirt pocket, and besides, mine already are stuffed with a cell phone, keys and wallet. For true gaming on the go, the PSP's size may be an issue unless you regularly carry a purse or a backpack.

What I really liked about the PSP is that the screen is big enough, and it has the processing power, to deliver not only casual games but deep, engrossing titles with a level of audiovisual fidelity once reserved for consoles and home computers.

It's easy to lose yourself in a PSP game.

I've used many hybrid game handhelds that failed because they tried to do too much: Nokia's NGage was also a cell phone but didn't function particularly well; the Palm OS-powered Zodiac from Tapwave, Inc., meanwhile, married the functionality of a PDA with a game player but suffered from a poor games selection and never really caught on with consumers.

After years of stumbling in a consumer electronics industry it pioneered, Sony may be a bit premature in declaring the PSP a "21st Century Walkman."

But for games, it's an attractive, uncompromising system that successfully takes the true power of video games out of the living room and into your hands.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2005, 05:35:01 AM »

AP has a system review:

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 UMD movies are expected to cost about as much as DVD movies, though you won't be able to drop a UMD into a DVD player, as the two formats are incompatible.


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The PSP has been described as a PlayStation 2 console that fits in your hands, and for the most part it's true. But you can't play PS2 games on the PSP, and vice versa.

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Glad he pointed that out for everyone.  ::)

Ugh, what a horrible review that revealed absolutely nothing new or addressed any of the button problems that have been reported.

I'm also glad to find that he happily shelled out an extra 90 bucks for a Memory Stick since the one provided is totally inadequate.

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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2005, 07:48:48 AM »

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Re: PSP discussion
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2005, 03:56:08 PM »

My GameRush #1 has eighteen copies in stock with six pre-orders.  They shifted four copies to another store because of shipping issues on their inventory.  They also have large numbers of PSP games arriving daily.

Sounds expensive.
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Re: PSP discussion
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2005, 07:24:13 PM »

For those who don't want to stare at fingerprints:



I know this pic is old, but I like it much better than the black one for some reason.
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Re: PSP discussion
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2005, 08:15:31 PM »

cnet review - 8.7

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PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, but it might as well stand for "Nintendo, you have a problem."
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