RealView's V-ScreenSee all photos
- Doubles as a case
- Provides an... interesting effect
- Not too expensive
- Degrades image quality
- Reflects any lights in the room
- PSPgo incompatible
It flips open to reveal a cavity into any of the pre-Go models can be slotted. Yes, this system is incompatible with Sony's latest sales phenomenon, but at this point we wouldn't exactly consider that a negative. Anyone who bought a Go is interested in slim design above all else, so those buyers will surely find the V-Screen's bulk especially distasteful. It more than doubled the dimensions of the chubby PSP-1000 and, since it has no room for storing games or anything else, it all seems a bit wasteful. And, with a design that's no sexier than one of those free velvet-lined reading glasses cases, it's not going to win anyone over for looks.
But does it work? Surprisingly, it's not as bad as we'd expected. No, it doesn't provide the "fully 3 dimensional experience" that the company originally promised, but even they've ramped that down somewhat, now merely promising a "really there" effect. That's not exactly truthful either, but it is kind of fun, warping and bending things as if the system's image was projected into a spherical screen. You feel compelled to tilt the system side-to-side to look around corners, and while that's partly because you have to if you want to see the extents of the screen (otherwise the edges are obscured), it does actually boost the immersion factor somewhat. However, it also reflects and distorts anything in the room, so turn out those lights.
Worth $40? Not really. It takes what was hardly a svelte system before and turns it into a brick -- a lightweight brick, but a brick nonetheless. If you're the sort who uses your PSP exclusively at home (and mostly in the dark), is willing to drop a couple Jacksons for a bit of a toy, and need the ultimate in immersion it might be worth a look. That said, we're going to go ahead and guess that isn't you.
Update: RealView wrote us to let us know this device has been delayed until a January release. Your stocking, like your hopes, has just been emptied.