"Reliability issues but awesome potential"4.5 starson by timng97
Pros: Unbelievable graphics for a handheld
Cons: Screen prone to scratches
Summary: ay games. It is a handheld game machine. I find it incredible that there are people who are giving the machine terrible reviews because it doesn't do some of the other things it promised as nicely or as some other devices. It isn't easy to put movies onto the memory stick so that the PSP recognizes the files. The pictures that you put on the PSP aren't as clear as I would have expected. However, it is easily one of the most versatile devices I've seen in a long time. People need to respect the PSP for what it is not what it isn't.
I bought the PSP and the Wipeout, Metal Gear, and Twisted Metal games. So far, I've only played the Wipeout game and have been amazed. I remember less than a year ago, I was completely satisfied with cell phone games for my handheld gaming because of the convince. Now that there is a much better alternative (the PSP), with better graphics and more functionality, I had to get a PSP. In Wipeout, I could almost feel the speed of the game. I can't remember another portable game that even came close to the power this thing puts out. The environments are extremely detailed and look gorgeous. Things like rain hitting the screen really draw you into the atmosphere of the game. I can't wait to try the other games. I watched the Spider-Man 2 movie that comes with the PSP. I thought it looked good on the small screen, but I have a hard time seeing myself watching many movies in this format. Additionally, I have hundreds of DVDs and doubt that I'd buy UMDs to watch the same movies I already own. That said, I bought a 1GB SanDisk Memory Stick Pro Duo so I can rip movies to my computer and convert them to my PSP. As I mentioned it isn't as easy to do as everyone makes it out to do, but I found a tutorial on gamespot.com that tells you how to do it. Another thing you may wish to get is a USB 2.0 cable with a Mini-B type head. Otherwise, you can get a memory card reader to get data onto your memory stick from your computer. It's a little complicated to figure out the first time, but once you get it figured out, the functions that you can do with the PSP are awesome.
Here is the part where I have to post the disclaimer about potential problems. The PSP is a first generation device and its reliability is therefore unproven. I bought my PSP on opening day at 8:00 AM and bought the service plan from Best Buy. I have already replaced it 2 times in two days. The first time, I opened it and the screen had some sort of dirt in the glass. The second time I noticed there was a pixel burned out in the screen. Best Buy did not charge me anything additional for replacing the units and it did not count against my service plan. I also noticed that the screen was very easy to scratch and after one day, I decided to buy a $5 Pelican screen protector. I am only marginal satisfied with the protector. After applying the protector, I noticed the screen wasn't as clear and the light did not pass through as clearly as it did without the protector. However, I didn't want to have my screen get scuffed up and feel the sacrifice is worth the benefit. Also, you can't forget that there were hundreds of people in Japan when the system launched who had to get their PSPs fixed because the Square button got stuck.
Ultimately, I'm very satisfied with my PSP even despite the replacements and reliability issues. I know there is nowhere else you can find a device that has this much functionality in such a small package.