"The Portable Adults Have Been Waiting For"4.5 starson by mark_sciberras
Pros: Movies, Music and PS2 gaming on the go, all wrapped up in a clean and well thought out design that mature gamers won't be embarrassed to play on the subway or airplane.
Cons: Could be the death of the over-rated iPod...finally.
Summary: This is the portable gaming device mature gamers have been waiting for. Forget CNET's always gloomy opinions. Pointing out that the machine uses Sony's exclusive UMD format is silly...all portables use their own exclusive format (Nintendo is still using cartridges in the 5th version of the portable device so why point the finger at Sony alone). What you have here is the swiss arm knife of portable gaming, the ability to play PS2 quality games on the perfect LCD screen or accessing movies or music make this the perfect travel companion. Add in Wifi and Memory Stick Duo and you have a real winner. I owned a DS and I can tell you that using the touch screen as an analogue controller is both difficult and buggy, beside the DS is as ugly as portable gaming gets both in design as well as grapics and so far all we have seen from the system is a bevy of childrens games. Finally I'll have a portable system I can play on the airplane during business trips and not have to blush with embarrassement over. As for the battery...well we are talking about a company who manufactures MP3 players that truly do get 70 hours out of a single AAA battery so you can expect to see more powerful and longer stamina cells releasing in the distant future, besides you can just swap the battery out with a freshly charged one if needed (something you can't do with the DS). This is the must have item for 2005.