A fair and balanced look at the PSP

Ed Stasick
E. Stasick|09.04.06

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Ed Stasick
September 4th, 2006
A fair and balanced look at the PSP
In stark contrast to yesterday's corrupt and illogical defense of the PSP platform, PocketGamer UK has just published a very thoughtful commentary on the console. In the Queen's Country, the PSP has been available for just over a year. And a 1st year anniversary is always a good time to pause and reflect on the good and the bad. Here are some highlights from PGUK's PSP year-one report card:
  • Niggles over control sensitivity and ergonomics aside, build quality – despite 12 months of very considerable use – remains impressive.
  • Generally, lengthy loading times continue to be an issue. And it's not necessarily one that will ever be fully resolved.
  • Battery life has been surprising in that it has genuinely not proved a nuisance, as initially expected.
  • PSP owners should take comfort from the impressively wide-ranging gaming landscape already available for their handheld. And more so in the fact that things are undeniably improving.
  • Sure, UMD films proved a resounding failure. That's neither a surprise, nor an indication that PSP is bound for the same fate.
  • Sony does need to distance itself from the multimedia-focused marketing message it's adopted to date, and instead concentrate on promoting the PSP's gaming virtues.
I'll end the summary on that last bullet, because it's one of the most important to this site and to many PSP owners in general. In the end, PocketGamer UK, like PSP Fanboy, believes that the future is indeed bright for the mighty PSP. Read more (much more) about Sony's first year successes and future challenges in PocketGamer's excellent feature story. At the very least, the article should spark some good discussion.
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