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Sony PSP Review
The Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) did to mobile gaming what the iPod did to music players. With functional superiority and cool design, it has become the most sought-after handheld gaming device to date, stealing the limelight from Nintendo’s long and proud product line.
This handheld has a cool and classy look with its glossy finish. But the obvious downside, as with all gadgets with glossy finish, is that it’s prone to fingerprints and smudges. Just an hour of intense playing on a brand new unit will make it look like its three months old. On the other hand, the Sony PSP has succeeded in compressing its console counterpart into one compact device without losing the Playstation controller’s tried-and-true ergonomics. Its buttons are amply sized and spaced for the thumbs. It even retained the analog stick which allows for more intuitive and accurate control. In other words, people familiar with the console, will never have a hard time with this device.
It’s heavy enough to be stable, but light enough to be mobile. Its 4.3” TFT screen has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, 480 x 272 resolution and full 24bit color depth perfect playing games, watching movies or simply browsing photos. Even under strong external light, it is easy to find a suitable viewing angle with the PSP. One thing to watch for, is dead pixels. Upon its release, many users have complained of seeing dead pixels in their PSP. The number of cases has slowly dwindled over the years, but has never died down completely.
The Sony PSP is also equipped with 802.11b wireless networking triggered by a switch located on the lower left part of the device. It’s a tangle-free alternative to hooking up one PSP to another with cables during multiplayer gaming. Wi-Fi connectivity also enables the PSP to directly access the internet for firmware upgrades. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth, infrared and mini-USB.
The best thing about the PSP is that it’s never going to run short of compelling titles. Many games from the console will be making its way to the portable device and users can either download them directly from the online Playstation store or purchase UMDs that act as game cartridges for PSP. With a dedicated CPU clocked at 333MHz, the PSP can run even the most graphics-heavy games like no other handheld can. Earlier models of the PSP had dismal game loading time, but Sony has managed to lessen it to a shorter, more acceptable duration. They also have yet to successfully stretch the PSP’s battery life beyond four hours of heavy 3D playing time. Thankfully, third party replacement batteries are easier to find nowadays as USB ports in car dashboards become more and more common. Since its unveiling in 2004, much has improved in the PSP, yet it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Further upgrades, system tweaks and additional features will still make this handheld relevant, which means that it’s not yet too late to own one.
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