"I give it about 5 months..."2.0 starson by happynoodleboy
Pros: The games do, in fact, look very pretty, there might be (at first) more companies making better games, sound, and damn, that screen is nice
Cons: battery, UMD, memory stick, analog pad is about as analog as a cheese sandwich and did i mention the battery?
Summary: In theory, this thing is great.. but so is communism. Where to start... The prospect of Movies is nice, but I can garuntee you UMD will not catch on, it's pointless, the only upside to it is that it's small. UMD has less than half of the storage capacity of DVDs, and DVDs are a pretty convenient size for in-home viewing, so i cannot see people sacrificing the storage on a DVD for something that's smaller, therefore, UMD will probably be limited to PSP, and possibly some other portables, and i can't see the PSP having a large enough market to carry the UMD movie business. And the memory stick, nice, flash storage, but it's Sony's format, and it is more expensive, but this isn't MUCH of a problem, since SanDisk is making cheaper ones, and the PSP itself works as a card reader. The battery... on games with high-quality graphics, you've got about 2 and a half hours of play-time, which effectively defeats the whole "portable" aspect of it. The PSP is also not going to be successful as a music player, not at all... it is much bigger, and has a much lower capactiy than players that cost $50 more, an Ipod holds 20 gigs for $300, each 1gig memory stick costs $150, so multiply that by twenty, then add the $250 for the PSP itself... it's not gonna happen, not to mention that an Ipod is much smaller and easier to use than the PSP... aahhh yes, the file-transfering interface... have you heard anybody say anything good about it yet? nope, because it's crap... that's the only way to put it, it's crap... The only thing the PSP has over the DS is graphics, and even then, they're not MUCH better. The DS's touchscreen can be used in the future for Palm OS (keeping my fingers crossed), web browsing (ditto), and adds a lot to certain games. The DSs touch screen acts much more like an analog stick then the PSP's "analog" pad, which is only capable of moving in 8 directions... with the Play Yan coming for DS, which is said to have a better interface than the PSP, i can't see how anyone could prefer the PSP, it's going to fail in 5 months, it's a novelty, once the new-ness wears off, it'll be over.... anyone remeber the Sega Game Gear?