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First Sony PSP Pictures Revealed

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the and-it-fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand dept.

Portables (Games) 257

iamhassi writes "Pictures of the PSP concept design have shown up on The Register. I'm impressed: when I first heard the screen was 4.5" I was afraid the device would be unusually large compared to the GBA with its 2.9" screen. Obviously those worries were unfounded." Update: 11/06 15:28 GMT by S : A section-specific post from yesterday provided the concept pictures from a different source.

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MY GREASED YODA DOLL'S FROSTY Ps0t IS ON TEH SPOKE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406874)

GO SCO/LUNIX!

Re:MY GREASED YODA DOLL'S FROSTY Ps0t IS ON TEH SP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407278)

Oh, so it's NOT a dupe. It's "section specific."

Kiss my fucking ass, poor editing is poor editing. Don't try to spin it after the fact, just admit you fucked up like you have so many time before you fucking cunt.

Frost Pist (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406875)

All over my pantleg!

Oh the shame.

ps2 rox (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406888)

BEOWULF CLUSTER OF EM!!! fp

First Post?!?!?! (1)

wobedraggled (549225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406889)

Wheee, Anyway, awful design, form factor is o.k. but no raised pad or buttons is awful. Also don't expect this thing to sell for under $300

Re:First Post?!?!?! (2, Interesting)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406971)

but no raised pad or buttons is awful.

I thought that too when I first saw the pix, but then I realized that there is a translucent plastic cover over the front of the thing. Or at least I think that's what it looks like. Either that or the whole front has a glass/plastic layer with the buttons underneath (ala Mac Cube power button), I can't imagine that that is the case (literally and figuratively) though.

Also don't expect this thing to sell for under $300

Probably not at first, but don't be too surprised if it's not as far off as people expect. After all, if you think of it as a souped up Clie (similar feature sets, though different implementation of those features, the price savings of the smaller screen being offset by the optical drive), then it doesn't have to be a $700 unit.

It will be quite exciting to see what it REALLY looks like and how it's priced.

Re:First Post?!?!?! (0, Troll)

BadCable (721457) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406973)

Gamespot also has a report on the PSP, as well as the listing of the PSP's specs. http://www.gamespot.com/all/news/news_6078 174.html Woo! Lithium ion battery! I guess the days of having battery eating handheld systems are finally gone. But 'regional code system'? Uh oh.. 'Shock proof'? I don't think they understand the kind of stress gamers put their handhelds' through.. 'Expansion port'!? Uh oh, this means they'll end up releasing some kind of add-on(s) in the future. Maybe a mini-hard drive? Based on the specs, Nintendo is gonna have a run for its money, but I'm not laying any bets down until I see the games and play them myself.

Re:First Post?!?!?! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407035)


Nintendo is gonna have a run for its money,

No they won't. Sony is trying to reach an entirely different market. 12 year olds will continue to buy Gameboys and its varients. Adults will buy PDAs and cell phones. Dickheads like you will buy this thing and cut it up with a Dremel tool and install Linux on it. Face it, despite what the reports and industry says kids play games, adults do work. Yeah, there is a small percentage of cross over but this this is fall on it's ass just like the N-Gage. We don't need an expensive cross-over device, we have plenty already. What we need is a cheap, brightly colored toy to keep the kids quiet on the long trip to grandma's. If a Peter Pan adult really wants to play a game he buys it and sits at home and plays it. How much free time does a real adult have to whip out a gameboy? And boy, doesn't THAT look professional!



Re:First Post?!?!?! (5, Insightful)

KDan (90353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407274)

How much free time does a real adult have to whip out a gameboy? And boy, doesn't THAT look professional!

So, I'm curious, what exactly do you think the reason is why Nintendo came out with the Game Boy Advance SP, with its more elegant, office widget style look? For the kids? Hmm... Don't think so.

The fact is there's a whole generation of people who grew up with Gameboys, who are now working, some of them in pretty good cushy jobs, possibly commuting, eg on the tube in London or in other large towns, and who want something cool to mess with while they're sitting on their ass waiting for the train to arrive at work. Some of them read books, but a lot of them want to be doing something else. These slick portable consoles are designed precisely for that market.

Daniel

Re:First Post?!?!?! (0, Funny)

epiphani (254981) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407062)

Who cares. Look what they say it can do!

Its supposed to be like a "console-cum-phone". (End of article)

Hell, if it can do that for me, I dont care about the buttons.

Yeah... (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407073)

and what kind of games controller has 2/3 of a D-Pad on it?

Re:Yeah... (1)

LostSinner (546906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407215)

it has a full d-pad. the way the shadow falls on the device makes it look like it's missing part of it, though.

Say it with me: 'PROTOTYPE' (1)

Mongoose (8480) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407228)

This isn't no where near a final design -- this is just a prototype made by some fancy desginer. The final version will have ergonomics and other considerations in mind.

Maybe you didn't read the articles on el reg and the -magicbox, and are thinking about the 'Nokia N-NANE'. ;)

daddypants seems to be broken.... (2, Informative)

sweeney37 (325921) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406898)

just so there's no confusion this is the same story, with the same pictures that was run on Tuesday [slashdot.org]

Mike

Re:daddypants seems to be broken.... (2, Insightful)

aliens (90441) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406933)

Of course this thing will be great to put in your pocket for easy carrying.

Oh wait, no it wouldn't.

Re:daddypants seems to be broken.... (3, Interesting)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406991)

Taco must've borrowed the ring of duplication. Anyway, that was a sectioned story, this one isn't, more people will see it besides us game nuts. So I hope people realize this and don't bitch and moan about the dupe. I mean, not many have the ocular fortitude necessary to read the games page. =)

Anyway here's my comment [slashdot.org] from that story:
Disc format, which as I said elsewhere means moving parts. Also means certain tricks won't be easily doable(like rumble) and there's a chance the device will screw up during travel. We'll see if they can work around that.

New format, which means I'd have to buy all new games for it. Not that big a deal, and I haven't been following it, but the GBA is backwards compatable. How many people own gameboy games and gameboy color games?

Large size, just to accomidate everything.

Going to be high cost next to it's competition. Simply because it's more advanced and will be newer.

Probably memory cards, rather than on-cartridge memory.

Will need to swap expansions rather than just swapping carts. The neo-geo stayed in existance for years because of the amount of hardware you could shove onto the cart.

Slower load times, cart over disc usage. We'll see if they can work around that.

Sony's console hardware has a history of breaking, oh, around just after warranty. I don't expect this to be different.

Re:daddypants seems to be broken.... (1)

youngerpants (255314) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407065)

Daddypants, thats my father you're talking about (see name)

Repeat (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406903)

Fabulous job.

Kudos to the Fecal Paladin

S[0o0]2

Scale? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406906)

These pictures have no objects that would indicate exactly how big these things are. How big can we expect this to be? I honestly believe the GBA is doing so well mostly because it's so small..

Re:Scale? (2, Informative)

Transient0 (175617) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407033)

yeah, but when you know that the screen is supposed to have a 4.5 inch diagonal, you can do some simple extrapolation for yourself.

Re:Scale? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407067)


You may know exactly what it feels like to have 4.5 inches in your hand, but for some of us we have to do some mental division.


Re:Scale? (4, Informative)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407125)

Using the screen as a guide (4.5"), the actual system comes out to about 6" by 3" if my 20 second measurements are of any use.

Re:Scale? (1)

MP3Chuck (652277) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407127)

Well, with a 4.5" screen it looks like it'd be just around/under 6" wide...

Re:Scale? (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407177)

I think the screen is just under 2 1/4" high (4.5" diagonal / (sqrt(16^2+9^)/9)), making the device maybe 3" high and maybe as much as six inches long, and under an inch thick, I think.

Dupe... (-1, Offtopic)

Dot.Com.CEO (624226) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406907)

What is really fucking annoying is not that his article is a dupe [slashdot.org] , but by the fact that Taco doesn't even read this fucking site so he knows what the hell is posted.

Being a subscriber, I actually sent an email warning of the fact this was a dupe. Please note the reply

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software (Exim).

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

jdp@mccarthy.vg (generated from pudge@andover.net) SMTP error from remote mailer after RCPT TO:: host akane.blockstackers.com [216.144.199.194]: 550 Unknown local part jdp in jdp@mccarthy.vg

Excellent! From the "it-fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand dept." indeed.

Re:Dupe... (1)

FrankGibson (722021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406953)

You sound really upset about this, perhaps you should re-examine your priorities in life. Personally, I'd never seen it before and I'm glad that I did.

Re:Dupe... (1)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407066)

Maybe you should visit the Games Section more, there are alot of good articles that simoniker posts.

Re:Dupe... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407054)

you sir, are an idiot

DAMN YOU SONY! (4, Funny)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406910)

DAMMMIT! I had finally organized my holiday wishlist, arranged it JUST RIGHT so that I had good odds of getting everything I wanted.

Now they throw this into the picture and fuck everything up. Thanks a lot Sony. Bastards.

P.S.
Don't worry, you'll still probably be getting my parents money.

Re:DAMN YOU SONY! (4, Informative)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406981)

Don't worry until next year's holiday. It's not supposed to come out until late 2004.

Re:Sig (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407250)

Remember: The old adage "fight fire with fire" does not apply to non-metaphorical fires.

Actually, they use controlled fires to clear areas that the uncontrolled fires are heading towards, using up all the fuel so the uncontrolled fires have nothing to burn there and can't pass. So it does apply!

Re:DAMN YOU SONY! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407257)










If there's anyone that knows something about "coming out," it'd be you. Fucking fag. jismdirty is more like it.






Sad news ... Stephen King dead at 56 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406911)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Sony Invents Revolutionary Aquarium (1)

rwiedower (572254) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406913)

So how do you feed those little fish inside the new PSP "concept" aquarium? With a memory stick?

I dont care what they named it... (5, Funny)

Hi_2k (567317) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406925)

But this thing will inevitably be called the Playboy.

Re:I dont care what they named it... (1)

BOFHelsinki (709551) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407267)

Yes, to quote El Reg, the "console-cum-phone".

It reminds me of the Sega Gamegear (3, Insightful)

FrankGibson (722021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406934)

It's also reminiscent of the Megadrive/Genesis "Mars" portable system. At least Sony has the cash to put behind such a product, unlike Sega did.

Wow (1)

SargeZT (609463) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406937)

It's a nice concept design. I really don't like how thin it looks. It looks like it's something that would break by holding it. I think making it a bit bulkier would certainly be an advantage. Ugh... Hope this dosen't turn out to be the flop that the N-Gage was.

Just let me know when Chrono Trigger is available (1)

n1ywb (555767) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406941)

Then I'll buy one.

Maybe tekken 2 as well.

Re:Just let me know when Chrono Trigger is availab (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406978)


You're one of those slashdot dicks that would buy shit in a plastic bag as long as it was "from Japan." These sorry ass shitty nonsensical poekemon bullshit games are precisely what is holding the industry back. You want an RPG? Try Diablo. Or a fighting game? Mortal Kombat. But spare us the big-headed wander fests that those slant eyes keep pushing on us.

Re:Just let me know when Chrono Trigger is availab (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407046)

Hi Anonymous Troll!

>These sorry ass shitty nonsensical poekemon bullshit games are precisely what is holding the industry back.

Oh sure, so when it's actually DIFFERENT from all the other crap out there, you're not happy? You'd rather have yet another lame Quake clone?

>You want an RPG? Try Diablo.

My god, kid, I don't know how to explain this to you. Diablo is to RPGs what Outrun was to driving simulators. Don't bash games simply because your small brain isn't capable of understanding how to play a good RPG.

>Or a fighting game? Mortal Kombat.

Oh, so stupid finishing moves are what makes a good fighting game now? Geeze, broaden your horizons before you die, kid.

>But spare us the big-headed wander fests that those slant eyes keep pushing on us.

I'm guessing you're one of those "white power" and "USA must rule the World" freek. Sorry to tell you, welcome to globalisation!

Keep playing your repetitive Diablo, your lame Mortal Kombat and keep eating and driving the American way: waste as much as you can!

Re:Just let me know when Chrono Trigger is availab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407131)

Diablo is an excellent RPG because it has swords, archery, dungeons and monsters. MK II is the epitome of finesse and balance in a fighting game, mixed with plot and characterization.

Chronno Trigger is a bunch of balloon-heads wandering around on a bland landscape that looks like a gameboard. yawn. The only think Tekken has going for it is that it's 3D. But 3D does not make a good game, there just isn't any quality and moves there like in Mortal Kombat.

Japan is a country where you can buy used girl's underpants from a vending machine! I'd rather waste food and gasoline that promote that depraved society.

Memory Stick - Bend over.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406943)

Hopefully it's not another device wrapped around a Memory Stick slot. Sony is almost as bad as Microsoft trying to foist a 'standard' on users.

The prototype looks like an expensive toy. Yes, this is definitely not going to be cheap in price.

Re:Memory Stick - Bend over.... (2, Interesting)

agby (303294) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407176)

The device (as the pictures show) seems to take the new Sony UMD media. This looks lke a mini-DVD sized thing, similar to the Game Cube discs.

Doing a search [google.com] ... reveals surprisingly little about what UMD actually is, other than a 1.8Gb DVD-like media, in a protective case.

Hm... (3, Insightful)

Worminater (600129) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406961)

I have played extensively with gameboy from the first itteration to the current, and honestly, does sony expect to compete with that?

Look at Segas Game Gear way back when. Yea that thing was sweet as a system, but could it hold its own against a plain ol gameboy, even though better gphx, backlit, and color?

hell no, it got clobbered. Same with Nomad, and there the difference was even greater SYSTEM wise.

I look at this, and I see a cell phone. No raised buttons... I like the screen though.

I also like the integrated 802, meaning it will be easy to get a web browser on it :) If they release it to be competative with the GBA series price wise, I might pick one up just for the 802 support, whith the assumption that it will be hacked later(probably will wait for it though)

Re:Hm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407193)

I don't think they're trying to compete with the Gameboy - you simply can't beat Nintendo at that game. Sony appears to be shooting for an older demographic, hence the wi fi and 7.1 and mp3 cellphone and all that happy horseshit.

I'm sure Nokia could offer some good advice on how to approach this market.

We don't NEED a super portable-game system! To make a really cool one makes it expensice, so them it becomes an "adult toy." Adults don't cart game systems around for when mom & dad are doing something boring or the bus ride or whatever. For a portable game system to succeed, it needs to have market penetration with the children, so it needs to be cheap.

Features (5, Insightful)

WhytTiger (595699) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406967)

7.1 surround? MP3 Playback? Is it just me, or are these things unnecessary on a PORTABLE device that will only accept proprietary discs (no burning MP3's and playing them).

Re:Features (1)

Boiler99 (222701) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407014)

Well as far as MP3 playback goes, they'll probably include a memory stick slot, which would also be used for saving game progress. Of course that means you assimilate to the memory stick, but that's not their problem is it?

For 7.1 sound...well, if you hook it up to your receiver to play MP3's, then you'd want that support I guess. Also, I'm sure that the "current" generation of audio DSP's is up to (or getting close to) 7.1 for commodity ASICs, so why not? Plus it's a marketing Good Thing that you can put a bullet next to on the pamphlet ;)

Re:Features (1)

c4seyj0nes (669515) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407042)

But it does have wi-fi.

Re:Features (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407070)

I'm also lost on the "7.1 surround", but the MP3 playback could be from the memory stick slot (there HAS to be one, it's from Sony!)

That memory stick could also be used to display photos, movies, etc.

Re:Features (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407174)

why? portable devices can be used in other situations
Archos 340, I own one, I can (and have) hook it up to a tv..

ok, 7.1 strikes me as silly too, but audio/video out doesn't

Re:Features (1)

back_pages (600753) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407241)

If the production model includes some form of video out, then you effectively have a portable DVD player that not only supports watching movies on a tiny screen (with quality sound through headphones) but can also be plugged into high quality sound systems and a big screen.

Not that I think that's a super idea, but that might be part of the motivation for including 7.1 sound on a portable device.

Re:Features (1)

watzinaneihm (627119) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407275)

Well, the story does say that PSP is not a single device but a family of many. Also with the coin size disk which they are introducing and which can store 1.8 GB, it can take on the existing MP3 players.And Sony owns Sony (music) so getting songs released in the new format should be trivial.That would certainly be a good thing, the sony records guys have been holding back the real Sony for a looong time, long enough for Apple to be the new age Sony with their iPod.

Looks good and all.... (2, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406979)

but will it feature Toy Story quality graphics?

Re:Looks good and all.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407207)

lol good post. wish i had mod points.

Holy crap. (1)

Bartmoss (16109) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406982)

I know, I know. This is conceptual work only. But it looks damned sweet. I love this formfactor. Give me a way to put ebooks on it and maybe a map/reference work and I'll be one happy traveller.

Meh... (-1)

Kedisar (705040) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406985)

Dunno why everyone gets so extraordinarly exited over handhelds. Is there ANYONE here besides me who gets a headache looking at the tiny screens that can only be viewed in a dark room where there isn't any glare? I had to ditch my Game Boy because it gave me tunnel vision.

Or am I all alone? O_o

I guess to each his own or something... PSP seems to have the largest screen of any handheld I've seen though...

Re:Meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407236)


Or am I all alone? O_o

Yes, you are all alone. Not because you get a headache looking at small screens, but because you are a loser in life that nobody wants to be around. You stink to high heaven, you're fat and ugly, and you're an adult who bought a Gameboy at some point. Maybe you should clean yourself up, get out from behind the computer a little bit, and go out and meet some people. You are pathetic. Do you think this is the life your parents dreamed about for you? A slob who plays video games and pecks away at a keyboard all day? Hell, you even make me sick and I don't even know you.


Uh.. battery life? (4, Insightful)

Rinikusu (28164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406986)

2 MIPS CPU's, LCD backlit screen + oodles of other things, my guess is that you might be able to squeeze about 5 minutes from a quad of AA's..

A portable game machine with a crappy battery life won't go too far.... I hope they have something up their sleeve, because even if they go battery-pak route, my experience with their laptop batteries is that they pretty much suck, too.

Re:Uh.. battery life? (1)

Worminater (600129) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407036)

It has built in rechargeable battery pack

Re:Uh.. battery life? (1)

Rinikusu (28164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407049)

But how long does it last? 15 minutes? 30? an hour? It's no good to have portability if you're constantly looking for a walljack to "recharge"..

Re:Uh.. battery life? (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407039)

Maybe they won't be taking the battery route in favour of this? [wired.com]

Re:Uh.. battery life? (1)

Dragoon (10644) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407056)

Maybe they'll do it up like the gameboy advance, built in rechargeable lit's ?

Re:Uh.. battery life? (3, Informative)

tuffy (10202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407069)

Reportedly, the PSP uses rechargable batteries and gets 3-6 hours per charge. That means it'll need recharging twice as often as a GBA-SP with the side lights on. That's not a good sign for the PSP, but it isn't surprising given all the hardware involved.

Re:Uh.. battery life? (1)

dalek_killer (661544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407265)

I was thinking that maybe they could get a little more battery life if they used a LEP display insted of the regular LED. And since they are suppose to be using LEP displays on call phones there, at least I heard that a couple of Cell companies where going to try them on their cell phones.

Re:Uh.. battery life? (1)

Glyndwr (217857) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407139)

That's exactly what I thought when I first head about it, and what I continue to think everytime I see anything about it. Barring some sort of MagicCell (TM) invention in the next twelve months, I just don't see how Sony are expecting to pull it off. This thing has almost as much horsepower as my iBook and my iBook battery lasts about three hours. Not to mention that my iBook battery weighs at least twice what any entire handheld should.

Or there's price, of course. I'm sure there's some caveat because when the specs on some far-off device look too good to be true, let's face it, they usually are.

Founded on what? (3, Insightful)

hellfire (86129) | more than 10 years ago | (#7406997)

I was afraid the device would be unusually large compared to the GBA with it's 2.9" screen. Obviously those worries were unfounded."

As the article states, this is only a concept design, and that the final product may be less sleek. I wish people would pay attention, this is not the final PSP and its not coming out next week.

I also wish /. would do more content proofreading but oviously those worries continue to be founded and unaddressed.

what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7406998)

hopefully it will support bluetooth and IR and firewire and all sorts of other useless standards

Re:what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407026)

Don't forget WiFi, Linux, USB2, VGA out, DVI out, and two-way sync with Palm OS, Windows CE, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Amiga, and OS/2.

Until it has every standard and every compatibility measure in place, I'm not buying it.

Wow they have Finding Nemo (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407003)

Anyone know if it's a launch game?

Where are my glasses? (1)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407015)

> The machine's UMD media can hold up to two hours' of DVD-quality video or four hours 'standard' quality,

And that is oh-so-important on a 4.5" screen...

wow, kerayzee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407037)

big deal. a concept design image from a company that is renowned for spouting marketing rot (recall the 'Cell' or 'Emotion Engine' hype?).

resolution sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407045)

272 lines of horizontal resolution.

That sucks.

They need a higher res screen, for sure.

480 x 272 .. what's Nintendo?

Oh well, maybe gen 2. Or we'll see what the next gameboy is.

-Johan

Re:resolution sucks (1)

britrock (684244) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407150)

The GBA is 240x160

horrible design (1)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407050)

Am I the only one appalled by the design of this thing? It looks real slick, don't get me wrong, but hear me out.

It has a 4.5" screen, with like 1" on each side of the screen for buttons. I have small hands and I imagine that would be a tight fit for me. Unless their target audience is Japan only, they've got some redesigning to do. And on that 1" of buttons, it's curved down to make it look less like an original NES control, which I would imagine would make it harder to use. But if they added an extra .5"-1" on each side for the buttons, we'd be up to 7.5" - 8.5" for the entire unit, which is too big to fit in most people's pockets.

I'm looking forward to it, but hopefully it'll go through some better designs before we get the first prototype build.

poo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407053)

its brown

Memory seems a little low (1)

Enrico Pulatzo (536675) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407092)

only 8MB? That doesn't bode well to me for doing much more than playing games...how will this be the next Walkman again?

Re:Memory seems a little low (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407120)

remember how the original walkmen stored the music inside the unit itself instead of on cassette tapes?

oh wait me neither because that never happened

WOW (0, Redundant)

ThrasherTT (87841) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407095)

This thing looks/sounds awesome... but will it require a miniaturized nuclear power plant to power? How long could a battery small enough to fit in this thing possibly last?!

Re:WOW (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407171)

Hardly. Intel proved that good performance doesn't require a nuclear power plant with its new Centrino laptop architecture.

If Sony managed to pull off a similar feat, then they could get super-good CPU performance without draining the battery. I suspect the screen would be more of a power hog than anything else.

It still sucks that the media is proprietary, though.

Re:WOW (1)

ThrasherTT (87841) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407226)

Laptops also have a lot more space for a battery... of course they also have a lot more power drain than this would. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Re:WOW (2, Insightful)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407254)

You have a point. But if they can fit an entire x86 system onto a single die with only I/O and memory external to the die, then Sony can probably pull a Centrino and get away with the same thing.

Some other pictures (3, Informative)

I_l00P (714392) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407096)

This link has some pics that soh the psp side by side with the GBA.... http://www.outerspace.com.br/news/2003/novembro/06 a.asp

Re:Some other pictures (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407165)

Hyperlink [terra.com.br] , anyone?

Just a coincidence I'm sure... (2, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407098)

... that this mockup (and it's just a mockup) appears just as the NGage goes on sale. Personally I reckon the NGage is bulky crap having seen it working, but Sony looks like it is sowing a little FUD here.

Lame Proprietary Crap (2)

N8F8 (4562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407104)

I wish Sony would quit with the proprietary media. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who looks at this and thinks, "neato, but if I can't use the disc elewhere slese it is just eyecandy"

Not any time soon (1)

ianscot (591483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407271)

Amazing how persistent culture, even just a corporate culture, can be. It's not always truly "proprietary"; what they're trying to do is get the rest of the market to follow them to their own compression methods (and tapes) for the latest, smallest camcorders, or their memory sticks... or Betamax...

But geez, you'd think someone at Sony would eventually get a clue. No, guys, you're not doing well in the market because you've got your own funky formats that don't play well with others. It's the whole design and form thing that gets people to buy it. Think Walkman: uses the same cassettes in a "form factor" that nobody else has done. That's what Sony's good at. Duuuuh.

Their design department must just shake its collective head when the next newest-best format comes down the pike. Man.

Ugly. (-1, Redundant)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407143)

It's ugly.

Larger image (1)

ludky132 (720414) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407180)

Here [ziffdavisinternet.com] is a larger image of it.

It's like all the others. (0)

spidergoat2 (715962) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407186)

Ok, so this will replace my cell phone, my gameboy, my MP3 playing Walkman, and maybe my PDA, that's great. But, if I have to carry extra battery packs, headphones, speakers, a screen magnifier for my tired eyes, and a bunch of disks to play games,music and applications, I may as well keep lugging everything around in a briefcase like I do now. I really, really want ONE, (count 'em, 1) portable device. Even with my big pants, there aren't enough belt loops for all this geek crap.

But.. (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407189)

does it run Linux. Its got a MIPS chip so it might do. Then again it might even run an old copy of IRIX :)

Rus

The *real* insight here is... (1)

Can (21457) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407192)

Based on how much time they spend touting the security features of their proprietary disc format, this might be a clue that the eventual PS3 will also include DRM and heavy copy-protection as key design factor.

It probably *shouldn't* matter for a gaming system, but somehow it always seems to...

DC

What's Missing. (3, Insightful)

Malicious (567158) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407194)

Where are:
The USB Port;
HDD Size;
Headphone jack;
Battery

All these things will take up a great deal of space, that their design hasn't incorporated. That design looks AWEFULLY hopeful...

Re:What's Missing. (0)

I_l00P (714392) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407233)

Nice to meet you Mr. Batman!

PSP (1)

dalek_killer (661544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407203)

Well I know what I want when it comes out, I just hope that I have a job that I can pay for it.

Sony gives Microsoft the finger (4, Informative)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407223)

It will support MP3, AAC and Sony's own ATRAC3 sound formats.

Anyone notice the lack of WMA support? Obviously Sony is out to compete hard against Microsoft (who recently dropped to #3 in the console wars. Sony's still #1). And with the PS3 slated to include Linux support, maybe the PSP will be hackable too.

built in FUD? (2, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407246)

The device in the top right corner is the PSP Universal Media Disc (UMD), a DVD-like dual-layer medium offering 1.8GB of storage. UMD comes with DVD-style region coding and copy-protection mechanism based on the Advanced Encryption System (AES). Each disc has a unique ID number too.

unless they are planning on making the discs even more expensive, this is nothing but FUD.

when you make CD's you have them pressed, and you cant make a sequential serial number in the discs as you press them.

they can do it in printing, and maybe have the laser read a barcode, but in the pressing process? no way.

Re:built in FUD? (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407280)

They're probably talking about disks preformatted with Sony's FooBarBaz filesystem, with the ID hiding somewhere in the superblock. I doub they could hide it anywhere else on an unformatted disk, and they probably decided on a new filesystem anyway to implement the AES support.

Keep your phone away from my console!!!11 (1)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407248)

This is my PSP
This is my phone
This is for being lazy
This is for work bugging me at home

Why must we throw so many different appliances together, make one awesome at what it does and leave good enough alone. I can understand blackberry/phone or PDA/phone, but phone/handheld gaming system are completely different ends of the spectrum.

Dolby 7.1 (5, Funny)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407269)

Seriously, why in the world do you need dolby 7.1 on a hand held device. I'd be happy with stereo. Hell, I can't get over dolby pro logic in my home theater. What am I going to do? Wear a halo thats got 7 speakers w/ a sub strapped to my ass?
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