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Sony Says PSP Battery Life is Shorter than Quoted

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the you-don't-say? dept.

Portables (Games) 76

SetupWeasel writes "Gamesindustry.biz is reporting that "Sony Computer Entertainment boss Ken Kutaragi has admitted that graphically intensive games will drain the PSP's battery more rapidly than the quoted figures." Sony also said that this would be corrected in future revisions of the hardware, but we know how well that plan worked for Nokia."

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Heh (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10710885)

The PSP is going to become the Game Gear or Nomad of the next generation of portables. I can't wait to scoff at them while I sit on a cross-country flight with a Nintendo and juice to spare and they sit bored out of their minds with drained PSPs 2 hours into the flight :)

won't even last 1 trip (4, Insightful)

fireduck (197000) | more than 9 years ago | (#10710985)

so a portable with batteries that will last 2 hours. that's less than just about any air travel time. no thank you. the GBA, with its 10 hour battery life, has spoiled me.

Re:won't even last 1 trip (1)

qoa (704941) | more than 9 years ago | (#10720279)

My Neo Geo Pocket only had to have it's batteries changed once in the 4 months I had it. That was with at least an hour's worth of play a day.

future revisions? (5, Insightful)

Jane_the_Great (778338) | more than 9 years ago | (#10710986)

Corrected in future revisions of the hardware? Come on - why would someone buy the PSP with a statement like that? And what is Sony going to do for early adopters who purchase a PSP that drains radpily.

I'm all for people being honest BUT if you think you can correct the problem in later revisions of the hardware, why not make that later revision the first release and only bring to market a product that meets the specs?

Re:future revisions? (1)

Deorus (811828) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711313)

They will probably sell better, larger, and heavier upgrade batteries for the modest price of $200 each. That's Sony's way!

Re:future revisions? (1)

notsoclever (748131) | more than 9 years ago | (#10719595)

They've already said that spare batteries will be like $45, though no word on whether they're hot-swappable or not.

Re:future revisions? (4, Insightful)

mausmalone (594185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711581)

It'll be corrected in a later version because as the cost of the lcd and other internals goes down, they'll be able to afford a better built-in battery. For now, though, I'm sure early adopters will be happy with a shitty battery and probably a battery extender that plugs in to the dc power port.

Re:future revisions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10721623)

"Afford a better built-in battery"? What world are you living in? The speculation is that Sony is already losing a pile of money at a $200 price point, to say that they're holding back on the battery due to monetary concerns would seem kind of dumb wouldn't it? Especially since battery life is one of the major weak points of the system.

Re:future revisions? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10712081)

* Corrected in future revisions of the hardware? *

remember gba?

basically it had the same premise with it's screen..

(yes i do view the original gba as worthless because the screen makes playing impossible in places where you'd want to play with it.. sp fixes that nicely)

Re:future revisions? (3, Interesting)

EddieBurkett (614927) | more than 9 years ago | (#10712454)

Nintendo didn't announce the GBA SP until well after the original had been out and sold quite nicely. Although there's no timeframe given on when this future revision of the PSP will come out, I don't see how this won't make people postpone their purchase. Especially at the higher price. Why waste $200 + dollars on something you're going to replace so quickly anyway?

Re:future revisions? (1)

TJ_Phazerhacki (520002) | more than 9 years ago | (#10716697)

Ummm. Thought it was 149, last i checked...

Re:future revisions? (2, Informative)

jjsoh (466262) | more than 9 years ago | (#10717375)

Re:future revisions? (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 9 years ago | (#10720468)

Re:future revisions? (3, Interesting)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#10712689)

"why would someone buy the PSP with a statement like that?"

Look at all the things Sony fixed on the PS2 with "future revisions of the hardware." Oh, you want a progressive-scan DVD player? Want to be able to turn off the PS2 with a remote? Go buy yourself a second PS2.

And yet.. (3, Interesting)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 9 years ago | (#10710993)

It will become one of the most popular game consoles on earth. Why is it that Sony can make crappy console hardware, release sub-par sequels and treat their developers like garbage and still be the company on top?

Re:And yet.. (1)

brkello (642429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711129)

Because Nintendo treats their developers worse. See Square Enix.

Re:And yet.. (0)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711555)

and apparently they dont treat their developers bad enough since Microsoft has to buy theirs from Apple to keep in the buisness see Bungie

Re:And yet.. (2, Informative)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 9 years ago | (#10713242)

I'm not really sure why I'm replying- your message didn't make too much sense to begin with. But if I understand the gist of it, you are saying that Microsoft treats their developers poorly. And because they treat them so badly, they ended up having to buy Bungie from Apple to get some decent developers/games.

Of course we all know that Apple didn't own Bungie. They may have thought they pwned them, but that is a different story.

If you read the History of Bungie [bungie.net] as told by Bungie (which is a pretty interesting read). You'll see a great quote from them: The PC market was really cutthroat, but the Mac market was all friendly and lame. .

It's not like Bungie really wanted to stay in the backwater game developer community around the Mac. They started there almost by accident, and they found that being a medium-sized fish in a really small pond was not such a bad place to be.

Aren't Mac 'enthusiasts' tired of living back in 1994 when Marathon came out? A lot has happened in 10 years...

Re:And yet.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10716793)

This whole thread is laughable. Thanks, guys. You're all idiots, and I'm happy to number among you.

Re:And yet.. (2, Informative)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 9 years ago | (#10716948)

Really now? I didn't even know there was a company called Square Enix which developed for Nintendo before the Gamecube..

Get your facts straight. Nintendo and Squaresoft used to get along just fine during the NES and SNES days. (FF1-6, plus a couple more on the Gameboy) Nintendo and Enix also got along fine (Dragon Warrior/Quest 1-6, plus a couple side games on the Gameboy). The only reason Squaresoft didn't make FF7 on the N64 was because of the limitations of the old cartrages. Course in hindsight, they paid for it in inferior hardware.

I don't know. Ask Bill Gates. (1)

BigChigger (551094) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711622)

BC

Re:And yet.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10719471)

Subpar sequals? Sorry but the Gran Turismo 4 port is god compared to mario 64x4 rehashed.

Stop accusing sony of things nintendo is also doing

Doom... (-1, Offtopic)

BigDork1001 (683341) | more than 9 years ago | (#10710998)

Dooooooooom, the PSP is dooooooooooomed.

Battery life won't matter to the Sony devoted (4, Interesting)

dgrgich (179442) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711199)

The initial adopters of this platform will be available to afford extra batteries ($45 each) and therefore, the initial crowd of people buying these will not care that the battery will only give them two-three hours of time in graphically intense games. I base this on the early reports that the purchase price for one of these is going to be in the $199 range - this will make the comfortable price of entry for portable Playstation goodness at $300 once a game and extra battery is purchased. Having said this, I certainly hope that Sony is not looking to replace Nintendo at the top of the handheld game machine pile - I can't see a great deal of average parents giving little Johnny or Belinda a $250 toy that wouldn't survive a drop to the floor!!! I'd guess that Apple has more to worry about than the Mario Bros.

Re:Battery life won't matter to the Sony devoted (1)

Tina Russell (589416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10718080)

Who, exactly, are the "Sony devoted?" Wasn't the PlayStation's success based in its appeal to the casual gamer?

Re:Battery life won't matter to the Sony devoted (1)

cbirdsong64 (410584) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732743)

http://ps2.ign.com/mail/2004-11-01.html

I give you, the Sony devoted.

Be warned that the page linked to above contains statements of grpahic stupidity.

Lame (2, Insightful)

GR1NCH (671035) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711214)

I forsee people hauling around massive external battery packs to play this thing. Honestly just get a DS and show Sony you wont put up with bullshit like this.

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10719509)

Are you retarded? The battery pops off just like on cell phones. You can pop another one on in its place. Thats not a massive external battery pack.

Re:Lame (1)

GR1NCH (671035) | more than 9 years ago | (#10733091)

Maybe so... but when you have to pop on a new battery every 2 hours it gets to be irratating. I imagine someone will release some sort of external battery with a much longer life, but it will be large and cumbersome compared to the handheld.

stop complaining (0)

akwash79 (822130) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711368)

If you really feel that you need over 2 hours of playing time, you should go buy a home console for that purpose. I feel that the battery life is within reason and a decent trade off for the graphical capabilites of the PSP. It still beats my laptop.

Re:stop complaining (3, Insightful)

mausmalone (594185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711791)

You'd be surprised how little time 2 hours can be when you're on a long trip. You can easily burn through that when you're on a plane or stuck waiting in line somewhere. It's also nice to have a long battery time when you forget to recharge.

stop complaining about complaints (3, Interesting)

raygundan (16760) | more than 9 years ago | (#10715024)

My favorite thing about the GBA SP is that it lasts longer than any flight I've had to take for work. I'm sure if I took a nonstop to australia, I could run it down-- but I'd probably need to sleep before I cashed the battery. It lasts long enough that even if you're not at a save point, you can just turn off the backlight and leave it running for most of a day until you finally arrive somewhere with an outlet you can use.

Somehow, I don't think your suggestion of a home console is likely to do me much good on an 8-hour flight.

Re:stop complaining about complaints (1)

akwash79 (822130) | more than 9 years ago | (#10715131)

I guess it all depends on what you are looking for. For me its power and graphics. no point in having a long battery life if the device isnt powerful and the graphics are WAY outdated by todays standards(Console Splinter Cell vs. GBA Splinter Cell, I laugh). Sort of like a PDA vs Laptop. Sure the PDA will have a longer battery life but the versitiliy and usefulness is dwarfed compared to a laptop. Yet the two devices cost about the same. go figure.

Re:stop complaining about complaints (2, Insightful)

FLAGGR (800770) | more than 9 years ago | (#10716687)

Step 1) Wire a few AA's together
Step 2) Get an AMD 64 FX-55 system, with geforce 6800 Ultra GPU
Step 3) Hook batteries into AC/DC converter, then to computer

Boom! You've got the fastest portable in the world, and hey, you don't have to worry about battery life, because you can almost boot up a machine that can push x polygons / sec

Re:stop complaining about complaints (1)

akwash79 (822130) | more than 9 years ago | (#10715197)

Also sort of like cell phone games. I could play a game for 48 hours straight on my cell phone without having to recharge. But due to the non complexity of cellular phones games, I could not fathom playing a game on this device for more than 10 minutes without getting bored and wishing I had something more like a PS2 at my fingertips

Future revisions? (1)

Predathar (658076) | more than 9 years ago | (#10711513)

Guess that just means I wait for that revision, I'm sorry Sony, but batteries need to last for the trip to work, and then the trip back from work (or school for you youngins..). Guess I'll stick with an Ereader or something or a Palm Z31 and read PDF's instead, I'll learn more :)

I think sony made the right choice (1)

sknja (196640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10712590)

For everything they offer in the psp the battery life is sufficient for release. Yes the DS will have about 5x longer playtime... for now. If Nintendo made something with the same size screen/processing power then they would run into the same problem as would any company.

The 1 up that sony has is they have been making portable disc devices for quite some time now, and the battery life for most is nothing short of amazing (32 hrs off of 2xAA for cds.. not to mention the insane life MD players offer). There is obviously more to it than just cd player life. There is no doubt in my mind the sony engineers will come through in due time.

Eventhough their first revision of the psp wont last the longest, sony will live up to its name and manipulate the hardware to provide sufficient battery life for their product.

Re:I think sony made the right choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10712974)

Wow.

There is quite a lot of difference between a cd player and a handheld.

Quit sucking Sony's dick, he's about to come in your mouth.

Re:I think sony made the right choice (4, Insightful)

KevinKnSC (744603) | more than 9 years ago | (#10713455)

For everything they offer in the psp the battery life is sufficient for release. Yes the DS will have about 5x longer playtime... for now. If Nintendo made something with the same size screen/processing power then they would run into the same problem as would any company.

That's just it, though. Nintendo isn't making something with the same screen size and processing power precisely because it would drain the battery so fast. Nintendo has owned this market for so long because they realize that, when you get right down to it, a good that lasts for a long time beats really good that lasts for a short time. It looks like the next round will play out the same way the others have.

Re:I think sony made the right choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10719723)

Actually (and I speak as an actual Nintendo DS developer here - I was the graphics programmer on one of the launch titles), the DS is pretty much just a GBA with a second faster processor and a tacked-on 3D chip. Its 3D chip is also pretty crappy... linebuffered instead of framebuffer (so even if it can do a buttload of polys per second you're still limited to what you can do at 60fps). The 2D part, sound chip, etc. are *exactly* like GBA, and the whole thing just reeks of being a rushed-development thing which was started in response to discovering that Sony was working on a handheld.

The primary tradeoff wasn't for battery life - it was for time-to-market, plain and simple.

Re:I think sony made the right choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10720011)

Actually, I'm a Nintendo DS developer and all I can say is that you're a liar.

Re:I think sony made the right choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10723891)

You must have gotten a different version of IS-NITRO-EMULATOR than me, then.

Re:I think sony made the right choice (1)

31 Flavas (534728) | more than 9 years ago | (#10726672)

Its 3D chip is also pretty crappy... linebuffered instead of framebuffer [...]. The 2D part, sound chip, etc. are *exactly* like GBA [...]
And so what was the original GameBoy with its bargain basement specs? Rushed as well? A rip off as well? If you said GameGear with its lighted screen and color graphics was going to trash the GameBoy's unlit black and green dot-matrix graphics, you'd be wrong. We all know who won.

I can understand, to an extent, why you might feel Nintendo is "shafting" the consumer or "rushing" their product(s). But, honestly is it sacrilege for Nintendo to produce afforable handheld/portable gaming products that do not devour batteries (recharable or not) in 2-3 hours, but instead last for at least 10 hours?

(and that they do not have to sell at any loss to make "afforable")

I have the same issue with my Laptop. (2, Interesting)

WarlockD (623872) | more than 9 years ago | (#10713259)

I have a Dell Insperon 600m (One of the few with 64megs of onboard video ram) and I have the same power issue.

With my extra battery pack, in place of the CD drive, I truly get a solid 5 hours of battery time. AS LONG AS I play games that don't use 3D. (ie Mame emulation, dosbox, 2d puzzle games.)

However, the second I bring up Dawn of War, Anarchy Online (using the built in wireless), or Prince of Persia, the battery life goes to crap. I am lucky to get an two hours, even with both batteries. (Yes, I have valid copies, and use the CD hack)

They won't "fix" the problem. It can't be. People will just get used to the idea that they can only play non-multiplayer;2D games on their PSP on trips and 3D games with the plug in adaptor.

Re:I have the same issue with my Laptop. (1)

StocDred (691816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10713928)

People will just get used to the idea that they can only play non-multiplayer;2D games on their PSP on trips and 3D games with the plug in adaptor.

The hell they will! We're not being sold on the PSP by puzzle games and 2D fighters. We're being sold with Gran Turismo.

Your laptop has pretty lousy power issues for gaming. I don't think the general public will be as forgiving with a brand new, mega-hyped Sony product.

For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

CosmicDreams (23020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10714382)

I think that if the battery life is a major issue, the PSP faithful will simple buy more extra battery packs. I think they will initially sell for around $45, so it's like the memory card when the PS2 first came out. Consider how many people bought one of those in the early days of the PS2. Eventually, Sony dropped the price. Supply and demand.

Yet, an extra battery pack is more of nuisance that a memory card. It requires periodic recharge and forces the user to remember to keep a battery charged or charging at all times. But in the end the market may drive down the price of extra battery packs and this battery life issue may be resolved through non techical means.

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (2, Interesting)

aweraw (557447) | more than 9 years ago | (#10717661)

Your post has made me wonder:

To charge the PSP battery, does the battery need to be in the PSP, or can it be charged independently of the main unit?

I don't think I've ever seen a rechargable battery pack, for this kind of device, that was rechargable outside of the products housing.

Anyone know the answer to this question?

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10720536)

old sony camcorders had a dual mode charger/AC adaptor, one side was shaped like the battery contacts and could be used to power the camcorder, while the other side was shaped like the battery socket on the camcorder which could charge the battery. which mode was controlled by a switch.

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#10726888)

I'm envisioning a "battery on a dongle," basicly a second unit with a cable coming out to plug into the PSP's power jack.

Unless I'm wrong, it will be ugly as hell...

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

Tina Russell (589416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10718131)

"Supply and demand?"

I thought a lot of demand brings a product's price _up._

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

CosmicDreams (23020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10729335)

Yes, that's true for the short term. But increased demand signals that is advantageous to increase supply which ultimately adjusts our model to meet demand and then when demand dimenishes or economy of scale is reached it drives down price.

I hope i've got that right

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

qoa (704941) | more than 9 years ago | (#10720309)

There will be a flood of cheaper 3rd party battery packs that will have several times the life before recharging no doubt.

Re:For PSP Fans, backup battery may be necessary (1)

Rallion (711805) | more than 9 years ago | (#10722196)

Not only do you need to keep the batteries charged, you need to turn off the system in the middle of play to make the swap. Pretty annoying.

I'm not surprised (3, Interesting)

xenocide2 (231786) | more than 9 years ago | (#10714477)

Sony has a reputation of not being straight with developers. If you believe Sony's numbers (or don't look at them too hardly), the PS2 is four times superior to the gamecube. Sony's marketing seems more in touch with their consumers. They know how closely these things are compared and publish specs with the consumer in mind, rather than the developer. So when Sony says 4 hours of portable ps2 power, every game developer friend I know did a little Sony math to figure out the REAL number. Given that 4 hours was already a wanting number, the psp will naturally come up shorter.

I'm not sure I want Nintendo to come up and engage in the same detrimental practices telling me their stuff can move 8 times more polygons than it ever will in a commercial game, or reinforcing gender stereotypes in gaming. Making Zelda cel-shaded turned off many consumers, but it beats selling GTA and MGS to preteens.

Re:I'm not surprised (1)

Metroid72 (654017) | more than 9 years ago | (#10724579)

So you mean that the real number is like an hour or so?

Re:I'm not surprised (1)

xenocide2 (231786) | more than 9 years ago | (#10730551)

I'm saying that when they said four hours, that was what you might call the "optimistic estimate." Any engineer or project planner will tell you never to base your decisions on the most pessimistic or optimistic guess. If they say the battery life is shorter now, my guess is its closer to reality. The only way for sure to find out is playtesting, which should be coming relatively soon if the PSP is as close to market as they say.

Not a fatal problem to me (3, Insightful)

Teppy (105859) | more than 9 years ago | (#10714547)

I'm sure that 3rd party spare batteries will be popular early on, just as add-on lights were popular with early GameBoy Advances. If Sony sells a spare battery for $45, the 3rd parties will probably sell for $15; I'd be the first to pick up a couple for trips.

Drat!!! (2, Funny)

CodeWanker (534624) | more than 9 years ago | (#10714565)

Repeat after me: Pong is not a stress test. Pong is not a stress test.

Re:Drat!!! (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 9 years ago | (#10720417)

Don't underestimate Pong. It's a very very very late indicator of heart disease. I've seen people clutching their left shoulder after a couple of intense games.

The gaming press hasn't noticed this yet. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10715847)

You begin to wonder if they are ignoring this news on purpose, because not ign, gamespy nor gamespot have mentioned this news.

Probably Sony wouldn't treat them well if they were proclaming the new truth about the system, even if revealed by Kutaragi himself.

At least, for one time Kutaragi is being honest about hardware (or maybe, the battery life is even worse than he says)

Then check them out (1)

News for nerds (448130) | more than 9 years ago | (#10721534)

Well, contrary to your hope, actually gamespot and ign covered the same interview:

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

gamespot [gamespot.com]

Finally, Kutaragi touched on the PSP's rechargeable battery, which is purported to last between four to six hours--on average--for games, and up to four to five hours for movies.

"The battery consumption changes depending on the memory and processor usage, aside from disk access," he said. "It'll run for a long time when playing puzzle games but shorter when playing Ridge Racer, for example. Using the wireless LAN also affects the battery consumption [...] I think that there's still some room left for power-consumption improvement through software."

IGN [ign.com]

Continuing on the topic of battery, he offers: "By extending the amount of battery volume, we were able to create something with very good specifications. However, based on memory and processor use, the amount of power use changes. A puzzle game will offer lengthy time, but Ridge Racer will perhaps offer less than that. Using wireless LAN will have a great effect on how long the battery lasts. However, by making adjustments on the programming side of things, we would like to make it so that for whatever game you play, the announced value is an average." This seems to suggest that SCE is telling developers to hold back on pushing the system to its limits in the interest of maintaining the battery time promise.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Most likely thing is, GI.biz had (intentionally?) mistranslated the interview and had decided to give another negative campaign for PSP, even after its battery figures are revealed, to lure more viewers to their web site to rake more Google AdSense advertisement revenue.

For the record - GameBoy SP battery life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10715918)

I just want to add to the record that in comparison, the GameBoy SP life is so long, that my daughter got her SP in July, and we recharged it for the very first time today (November 3rd).

Yeah, she wasn't playing it every day, but she played it often enough, and then there were a couple months where it sat unused. Other devices like my Palm Clie and Dell Axim (PocketPC) will still lose battery powered even when left unused.

Gotta hand it to Nintendo engineers.

I GIVE UP!!! (1)

TJ_Phazerhacki (520002) | more than 9 years ago | (#10716773)

I will buy a PSP. The day it comes out, If I can manage. I want to play GT4, MG: Acid, even the inevitable GTA port, all in glorious color 3-D. I pay the premium for graphic power with my A-51m laptop, and you know what? Even though I get less than 3 hours of battery life, all of my budget toting Dell friends want mine. 2 hours is fine - carry extra batteries (everyone with a GBA already does) dont watch movies (why would you? Are you really gonna buy them on the new format just to carry them around with you?) and maybe, just maybe, turn the sound down so you dont go deaf.

Why in gods name do you nintendo fanboys not see this? Whoever wants a PSP WILL BUY A PSP. Whoever wants a DS will buy a DS. I claim neither is better - only that in the near future market, Nintendo was concerned enough with the plans of the PSP that they felt they needed to step up the dev schedule of the new machine.

Re:I GIVE UP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10717066)

Yeah, all the Nintendo fanboys are blind! Not at all like the Sony fanboys who = teh superior!!!!!!!!!!!

omg, why can't people see that, lolxorz!

Re:I GIVE UP!!! (2, Insightful)

RzUpAnmsCwrds (262647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10719287)

" all of my budget toting Dell friends want mine"

I have a Compal CL-56. 5 hour battery life *and* the same graphics power (Mobility Radeon 9700) as your A-51m.

Oh, and I paid $1400 for it. Probably a fair bit less than your overpriced Alienware.

A quick summary of PSP (1)

Tina Russell (589416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10718029)

As I said to my friend in class today: "LET'S STROM THE BLACK GAooooooo...."

For the love of christ (1)

TechniMyoko (670009) | more than 9 years ago | (#10718649)

Does no one pay attention?

He said the 4 to 6 hours was an AVERAGE of multiple games. An AVERAGE, you hear me? You can't predict an exact time

Are you listening to yourselves?!? (4, Insightful)

kingsmedley (796795) | more than 9 years ago | (#10718822)

I can't believe some of the comments I am hearing here.

"early adopters can afford extra batteries"
"the battery life is sufficient"
"simply buy extra battery packs"

Dang, people. You're living in denial. I said similair things back when I thought the Jaguar would be Atari's second coming.

"Just wait for the next game!"
"There are over 250 developers making games right now!"
"Club Drive is gonna be AWESOME!"

Yeah, you might eventually get a better battery life. Someday. Just don't hold your breath like I did - it's real embarassing when you pass out.

BTW, how many people remember the big horkin' D-cell power pack for the Lynx? Woohoo! 10 hours of full color backlit gaming goodness, on just $25 worth of batteries!

Is this anything like when DS outsold PStwo? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10719446)

If so this article is full of #### since the last one was a lie.


Future Slashdot headlines!


Slashdotters are suprised to learn driving faster uses more gas!

Sony is evil cause they like money, and Nintendo doesn't!


Reggie, even though he's racist, is god!

PSP eats small children!

Nintendo owns you, since they can sell you obsolete hardware!



And maybe if we're lucky



The Nintentrolls behind these articles have finally been expelled from slashdot.



In case you dont get it, these false anti PSP articles are getting old

He also noted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10720159)

Graphically unintensive games, (read: DS quality) would last alot longer.

I await the slashdot article pointing that out, or the expulsion of what biased fanboy posted this one

DS vs. PSP (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 9 years ago | (#10721188)

How it seems to be shaping up: The DS' drawback is graphics power, and the PSP's drawback is battery life. This is absurdly reductionist, both systems have unique features (with the DS looking towards PDAs for theirs, and the PSP looking towards portable DVD players), but I think this is how most gamers will see it.

I, and probably a good many people, will buy a DS regardless of what Sony does. But I really think Nintendo should consider cutting the price a little more in response to Sony's highly aggressive $200 point.

The DS is probably priced to make Nintendo a profit on units sold, while the PSP is *definitely* being sold at a tremendous loss. A further reduction to around $120 would make it a lot more attractive to parents, some of whom may still be smarting from a recent purchase of a GBA SP, and would be unlikely to be followed-up by Sony.

Two Words: Advent Children (1)

scotta451 (802667) | more than 9 years ago | (#10722086)

It's a match made in fanboy heaven. Anybody who wants to see this is going to have to get the PSP. Perhaps swapping out the battery in the middle of the movie lets you see the ending where Aeris is resurrected!

Re:Two Words: Advent Children (1)

Rallion (711805) | more than 9 years ago | (#10722216)

A PSP, yeah. Or, you know, a DVD player, and the regular DVD-version of the movie which was confirmed long ago.

Re:Two Words: Advent Children (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10726600)

Generally, "fanboy heaven" translates to "cost-conscious consumer hell."

THIS JUST IN... NEWS FLASH FOR SONY!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10723848)

In real estate the 3 most important things are "location, location, location".

In handheld gaming consoles, it's battery life, battery life, battery life.

More news at 11...

Re:THIS JUST IN... NEWS FLASH FOR SONY!!! (1)

TechniMyoko (670009) | more than 9 years ago | (#10727445)

News flash for the retarded!

Driving your car faster uses fuel faster!

Battery life was only important when you had to pay for new batteries, now that its a built in rechargable, 4-6 hours if fine.

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