"Yawn factor high; hasn't awakened yet."2.5 starson by ack-thbbft
Pros: Hi-res wide-screen format; multimedia-capable
Cons: Multimedia features are difficult to use; games just aren't there yet.
Summary: When I bought mine, I was excited to get a portable gaming device that I could also play movies on during road trips. I'm not all that excited, now.
Problem 1: Not enough games.
Oh, sure, there are games out there, but the variety is horrible. Ooh, gee, ANOTHER driving game! Ooh, gee, ANOTHER sports game! Whoopee. C'mon, we can only take so much of a couple genres! Puzzle games? Sure, Lumines is supposedly very good, but I can't help but feel games like that are a waste of the PSP's potential, and therefore a waste of my time and money. In the end, when it comes to the games out there that are not sports or driving games, they pretty much just enhance the Yawn Factor. They are very mediocre games, if not flat out poor. Sure, it's early yet, but the buyer's remorse is definitely high, right now. We don't really have a definitive "killer app," and we need one terribly.
Problem 2: Transferring movies
Could Sony have made this any more of a pain in the arse? Sure, there are free tools out there that get the job done, but they often don't do it as efficiently as they could or should. Sony promised us a program to do it (I believe they promised it would only cost $20, too), but it's long overdue. Why? Gee... can anyone say "UMD movies"? Sony pushing their proprietary format shows that they just want to gouge us, and it was a huge mistake. Anyone who buys movies in this format is wasting their money, IMO. I already own over 200 movies on DVD format; why should I spend money to buy them all over again on UMD?? Will even Sony's own video-transfer software give us the quality it should? Of course it won't, because they won't want your fair-use home-transferred movies to look as good as their UMD movies, because they want you to pay for the quality by buying the UMD instead. What if it's a movie I don't own yet? I'd still much sooner buy it on DVD than on UMD, since I can't play UMD movies on my home theatre system.
Problem 3: Watching movies/playing games in the car
".... .... . ... .. ... . ..... .. .... .. . ..... ... . . . .... . . .. .... . ... . .. .. .. ..." That's what you hear from the PSP's pitiful speakers, even at full volume, even with headphones. External amplified speakers? FM transmitters? Sure, they are out there, but why should we have to go through the expense? Even without road noise, you could be at home on the couch and still have to turn the volume all the way up in order to hear it.
As it stands, if there isn't a great improvement in PSP games and features soon, I'll be making use of the extended/trade-up warranty I got at Best Buy when the next-gen consoles come out (and not necessarily for the PS3).
Still, it's better than the NintendoDS situation. You would not believe how many used DS'es they have for sale at my local GameStop. I have yet to see a used PSP for sale.