"Good System -- A Few Concerns"4.0 starson by photoman33
Pros: Graphics, Games, Fun
Cons: Price, UMD, Durability
Summary: Ok, I have my PSP and I'm thrilled. I've sold my PS2 because I rarely use it, but now when I travel or do want to play a game I have a very good system.
First and formost people need to remember, the PSP is a gaming system. And it does that extremely well. I know, the games are the same as the PS2, blah, blah, blah. But for me, that's what I want. I want to be able to travel and play games that are very similar to the PS2. So as a gaming system this is is great.
The problem I have is SONY has tried to market it right out of the gate as an Entertainment system. And while it can be ... to do so will cost a bit. So it's not for everyone.
Right now Memory Sticks cost a lot compared to other media storage cards. I know because I'm a photographer and have a pro Canon Digital SLR. So I know how much Compact Flash has come down in price.
But look at it this way. If the PSP gains a lot of popularity, more people will want the Memory Sticks, and that means more production and cost will come down. So yes, right now Memory Sticks are a bit steep, but by the holidays we'll probably see them for a lot cheaper.
My other only real concern is the UMD. It is very similar to the MiniDisc. Now I've owed 3 MiniDisc players ... right from the big black MZ-1 to the one I use now the MZ-707. The thing with these are the drives are very delicate. I can't tell you how mnay times I've had them in for repairs because it refuses to read disks. And it's not like I don't have protective cases and the whole outfit. It's just they are delicate. So my advise, buy extra warrenty. It has saved me so many times. If you don't use it great. But if you do need it ... it pays for itself the very first time. My newest Minidisc player has yet to require fixing and I've had it over a year, but I still have the 5 yera warrenty.
So yes there are a few concerns about the PSP, but overall this thing is great. I want it to play games while I'm on the road, and it delivers big time for that. In the coming years it will probably be a good alerternative for a portable media centre once prices go down (but what right now offers you the choice of games, movies, music, and soon web browsing al in 1? -- just costs a fair penny to enjoy all that right now) But for now it is a great gaming system, and again, first and foremost that is what it's intended for.