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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Game library Really people, it's not that bad. I guess it can't hold a candle to the PSP UMD library, but most of those titles are weak sauce anyway. good
  • Graphics A smaller screen size forces a 4 point rating, but the quality of the screen is as good, if not better, than the PSP-1000/2000. good
  • Battery life Glad to be free of that spinning optical drive. Generally get much more out of this than I did out of my PSP-2000. good
  • Portability (size / weight) It's a good size. It's a good weight. It's good to Go. good
  • Durability Scuffs way too easily. The slider is a bit loose under light to normal wear. Otherwise, it's just okay. so-so
Detailed review
While most bemoan the inability to utilize the vast PSP UMD library, I relish the notion of having PSP gaming sans having to carry cases of disks. While not every game I'd like has an analog on the PSN Store (I'm looking at you, Crisis Core), I've been able to acquire most of my must have games at a reasonable price. Sure it stinks that I have to buy them again, but the lack of physical media with all its foibles more than makes up for the inconvenience.

Other than that, it's pretty much the same PSP you know and might love.