"Evil MiniDiscs ruined it for me!"3.0 starson by miccheck516
Pros: Good Graphics, Nice size screen,
Cons: HiMD discs are comletely unreliable, poor sound quality, awkward to hold and carry around
Summary: Though the presentation is impressive and the comercial with Franz Ferdinand makes us all want to throw caution to the wind and give Sony all our money, in this gamers opinion the PSP comes up sub-par. The big upset is the choice in media. Sony made use of their HiMD technology to create the game discs, take it from someone who owns a HiMD player these dics are completely unreliable. I just bought this thing this morning and got a little dust on my game and now whenever Ape Escape tries to load the thing freezes and eventually goes dead. Apparently I'm not the only one having this problem, I work in customer service at a local Best Buy and have had to tell about 20 people we couldn't replace their $50 game beause the damage was considered abuse. I feel a bit more secure with the NRam of the Nintendo DS. On another note it feels akward. In it's defense the NDS isn't exactly pocket friendly either but I just miss the days when a handheld was made to be small and not a burden to carry around simply for graphical purposes. My last "beef" with this system is the speaker. Though Sony hyped how great the sound was going to be, I was simply playing music on my stereo to escape the sound quality (When My game was working 2hrs. ago that is.) Though I have alot of issues w/ the system I do have to admit that it offers great graphics and though cumbersome, a nice sized screen. My advice is to stick with the pros in the portable gaming buiseness (Nintendo) simply so you don't find yourself paying $50 for a game that works for a couple days, or a few hrs. in my case.Updated
REcently I've been reading some of the other reviews and had some more of my own experiences and found some more upsides and downsides to the product.
Fist the good:
-I've Had Metal gear for a day and it's still working (Knocking on wood).
Then the Bad:
-Returns have been pooring in at the BB w/ a dead pixel problem. Luckily for those customer's who purchased the $40 replacement plan, it was replaced. But anyone w/o it is going to have some trouble.
-Battery Life is pretty mediocre, I'm averaging 3 to 4 hrs. And if you read the booklet sony says you can't play while it's charging???