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PSP Reception Lukewarm in US?

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the psp-stands-for-pretty-steep-price dept.

PlayStation (Games) 594

There are plenty of interesting takes available on Sony's new media/game console. The neat tricks seem to be the most popular. An Anonymous Coward writes "A blogger figured out how to batch convert e-books so they can be read on your PSP. Check out the guide here for a complete walkthrough on this method." Meanwhile, RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "PSP Vault has a great story on how to Use Non-Duo Memory Sticks on a PSP! The process involves using an adapter that's meant for a Sony Ericcson phone." Via Joystiq, a way to get Tivo content on your PSP. Out in the real world there is already talk of the opening weekend sales. Doomstalk writes "According to IGN sales of the PSP have been lukewarm, with many outlets selling as little as 10 out of the 80 units they received." The PSP is currently burning up the charts in Japan, though, where the console has been out for a while. Early adopters on a holiday weekend may not be the best yardstick. Official numbers from the first weekend of sales likely available on Monday.

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AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (-1, Troll)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | about 9 years ago | (#12056919)

I tried very hard to get myself to buy the PSP this weekend but in the end I thankfully stopped myself.

I commented [slashdot.org] earlier this afternoon in the Slashdot article Pez to Dispense Music instead of Sweets [slashdot.org] that the silly little Pez mp3 players will have 16 times the storage capacity of Sony PSPs for half the price.

Sure, you can spend another hundred dollars or two for a reasonably sized memory stick after you plop down $270 for the Sony PSP, but I ask how a company can market something as the be-all-end-all of portable entertainment and ship it with 32 Megabytes of storage space. My friend says he thinks the Sony PSP developers are stuck back in 1993 or something.

I tried very hard to get myself to buy the PSP this weekend. I have a lot of free time today, as you can see in my posting history, and figured that since money isn't a limiting factor for me I could go out and spend $270 + $110 for a couple PSP games and have some fun. But then reality hit and I thought WTF am I thinking? The unit itself has some bugs which scare me; first generation stuff is always buggy. There aren't many good games for it. The battery life is (realistically) only 2 and a half hours.

In the end I spent $50 for a used Nintendo DS and another $50 on a few used games for it that are modern classics. It's a helluva lot of fun and the $100 is justified in my mind, much more so than $500 for something that I think Sony really screwed up. I mean, sure, the PSP supports 802.11b, but it has no Web browser or any functionality that's actually useful. The whole "game sharing" feature that Sony gloats about isn't supported by any existing Sony PSP games.

Conclusion: I love Sony. I love Nintendo. I love Microsoft. I enjoy gaming a ton. But I tried very hard to get myself to buy one of these PSPs and I just couldn't do it; it makes no sense. The only thing it's good at is playing games, and for $500 and considering there aren't any really good games for it right now it's just an insane purchase to make even for people like me who have money to blow. We're talking a 4 inch screen here people and we're talking proprietary everything when it comes to the UMD discs, etc.

Stay far away!

(Please continue to keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers this holiday weekend as she and the family suffers through this tragic time.)

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (0, Offtopic)

Godman (767682) | about 9 years ago | (#12056936)

You wrote all that in the 2 seconds after the article was posted? Wow!

I'm a paid subscriber (note the asterisk) (0, Troll)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | about 9 years ago | (#12056987)

And subscribers can read articles before they're posted to the main site. See this announcement [slashdot.org] from 2003 when this feature was added to Slashcode. As such I had a good half-hour or so to put my thoughts together and then happened to finish up in time for a first-post.

(Note: I didn't buy my subscription; a "fan" of mine bought it for me.)

Since you were wrong and I was right, please do me a favor and keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers in these troubling times. No matter what your take on the issue is, there's no denying it's tragic.

Re:I'm a paid subscriber (note the asterisk) (-1, Offtopic)

Khakionion (544166) | about 9 years ago | (#12057043)

What's tragic is the stranglehold she has on our nation's news media at the moment.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12056995)

That little star next to his name means he's a subscriber. That means he gets to see articles before they appear on the front page. So, no, it's not necessarily a copy&paste job...

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (2, Interesting)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 9 years ago | (#12056986)

I felt the same way. But the DS really doesn't have any games going for it right now either. The only way I could justify it was by reasoning that Advanced Wars DS will be out for it soon. That game alone was enough to get me to buy a DS.

But until then I'll keep enjoying my DS with this [jandaman.com] and this [pocketnes.org].

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (2, Interesting)

nate nice (672391) | about 9 years ago | (#12057092)

I'm not sure I'll ever buy either system. Portable gaming isn't something I must have really. But, on the unlikely chance I do, I think a DS is more innovative. The PSP has a boatload of cool gimmicks (and trust me, my roommate is trying to take advantage of all of them..he doesn't know how he lived without portable anime 2 days ago, heh) but the DS has the 2 screens which can lead to really neat ideas in games, plus the one screen is a touch screen. Also, I've always been about a system that does one thing and tries to do it well. The PSP might really play games well eventually but it's not worth the price. It's substandard as a movie player, MP3 player, etc so I would only buy it for games. It lacks here right now too and even if it didn't, the price is too high I think.

In the end, I think a DS will offer more innovation for game play.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (1, Insightful)

LokieLizzy (858962) | about 9 years ago | (#12057025)

I enjoyed every part of your review - until I got to this:

"(Please continue to keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers this holiday weekend as she and the family suffers through this tragic time.)"

Might I ask *you* to please keep this propaganda (garbage) out of a thread for discussions about a *portable gaming system*. If you want to get political, submit a political story. If you're here to game, then bloody well game.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (-1, Offtopic)

netsharc (195805) | about 9 years ago | (#12057082)

It seems he's trolling for "Terry", I'm sure his post is just a trojan horse for bringing that message. And it has to be a first post so that eeeverybody sees it and don't forget it (how can we, when no one stops talking about it -- heh I'm guilty of the same crime).

Funny that he can't even spell the name of the person he's trying to "save" right, though he's not the only one.

"Garbage" sigs. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057177)

"Might I ask *you* to please keep this propaganda (garbage) out of a thread for discussions about a *portable gaming system*. If you want to get political, submit a political story. If you're here to game, then bloody well game."

Well Taco, looks like that ".sig" idea isn't going to fly so well. Drop it from the code.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057188)

Might I ask *you* to please keep this propaganda (garbage) out of a thread for discussions about a *portable gaming system*. If you want to get political, submit a political story. If you're here to game, then bloody well game.

Ahem. Could you please explain in which way his comment was propaganda? All I can see is the OP asking readers to think and pray for a family who is -- no matter on which side of the issue you stand -- going through an admittedly difficult time.

Nobody's asking you to change what you think about the issue. Good God, have some decency. A family is dealing with the certain death of their daughter.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (-1, Offtopic)

Mr.Progressive (812475) | about 9 years ago | (#12057198)

I think the fact that he called it a 'N0-SPIN' review pretty much guaranteed that it had a serious political agenda.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (1, Funny)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | about 9 years ago | (#12057066)

I love Sony. Strike one.
I love Microsoft. Strike two.
Terry Strike three.

You must not be poppin your 'roids right.

MORE AMERICANS DIED IN IRAQ TODAY (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057110)


while those compassionate Americans where killing more brown people for halliburton and the carnegie group

did we mention the 200 people that died in car accidents in USA today ? or how about the 1000 people diagnosed with cancer ?

but yeah keep Terry in your thoughts, life is cheap as long as its a brown person doing the dying

WHO IS THIS TERRY? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057134)

(Please continue to keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers this holiday weekend as she and the family suffers through this tragic time.)

Really, I don't know?!

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057140)

Boy, which consoles were you playing? You must not have spent very much time with a PSP to draw the conclusion that "there aren't many games for it" and that the screen is small.

The DS is cheaper, but you get what you pay for. Worth playing for the DS right now there's Wario Ware, Mario, Yoshi and not a whole lot else, and most casual gamers aren't all that interested in Wario. For the PSP at launch, you have Wipeout, Ridge Racer, Tony Hawk, Twisted Metal and Lumines, all of which are absolutely top-notch titles, and others like Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto on the way. As well as a much, much superior lineup, you get a gorgeous screen (this can't be stressed enough - how can you call it small when you're playing on a DS?), more immersive, beautiful, compelling games, as well as audio and video capabilities and online play right out of the box. The battery life is 5 hours for most games, which is just great for me, and higher for MP3s and videos.

Of course, you can buy huge memory sticks for it (which sucks because they are expensive) but it's worth it, and I would rather Sony charge less and bundle a 32mb one than charge more for a bundle with a huge one that not all the owners want.

I had a DS for 4 months, and I traded it in for a PSP. Hardware aside, even, the PSP lineup blows the DS out of the water. There is no comparison between the two and I have no regrets at all in switching.

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057143)

(Please continue to keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers this holiday weekend as she and the family suffers through this tragic time.)

Also, if you havent spent all your prayer juice on knee jerk media fodder, lets not forget to ask god to bless the 155,131 other people that die every single day on this planet.

Fear not death, for the sooner we die the longer we shall be immortal.
--Benjamin Franklin

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (1, Funny)

kfg (145172) | about 9 years ago | (#12057171)

. . .continue to keep Terry in your thoughts. . .

I believe relationships should be based on principles of reciprocity.

KFG

Re:AMSTERDAM VALLON'S N0-SPIN REVIEW OF SONY PSP (2, Insightful)

cgenman (325138) | about 9 years ago | (#12057187)

It doesn't need more than 32 megabytes of storage space. It's a gaming machine. If you think of it as anything more than a gaming machine, you've bought into the marketing. That's the same marketing that used ROB to get the NES into electronics stores.

The PSP is a gaming machine. It's not a video playback device: when was the last time you bought a movie on UMD? Would you be willing to buy a moving on UMD knowing that it would look terrible on a full-sized TV? Where would you even get a movie on UMD?

The PSP is a gaming machine. It is not a web browser. Whatever you may have heard about it's browsing capabilities, the screen is tiny and has low resolution compared to a laptop, and it has no text input. Browsing on the PSP would be painful.

The PSP is a gaming machine. It is not an MP3 player. The archos Jukebox and iPod are MP3 players. If you want an MP3 player, you can get a CF-based one for 40 bucks these days. The PSP hasn't the on-board storage or the battery life to be a primary MP3 player. It can do it, but don't expect to throw out your current one just yet.

The PSP is a gaming machine. If you believe otherwise, you've bought into the marketing hooks. The only systems right now that can claim to be more than just gaming machines are your PC, any PS2 or Xbox that you use as DVD players, and the N-Gage (which is a halfway descent phone). But even those are basically just gaming machines.

The PSP may be capable of being your personal organizer. You may theoretically be able to run your 802.11b home automation equipment with it. You might be able to use it as a teleprompter, a floor wax, or to make Julianne fries. But the fact is that nearly everyone who buys one will use it as a game machine. Pretty much like all the other gaming machines in the world. Period.

That's not to say that it is "just" a gaming machine any more than a Ferrari is "just" a car, or a 6' plasma screen is "just" a TV. But don't expect the 6' plasma screen to improve your love life, and don't expect the PSP to do anything but play games really, really well.

And yes, we should all keep Terry Pratchett in our prayers. That poor, poor diskworld...

American gamers (0, Flamebait)

Datamonstar (845886) | about 9 years ago | (#12056924)

Looks like American gamers are looking for Microsoft to release a handheld...

Re:American gamers (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | about 9 years ago | (#12056974)

Yeah, right. Because American gamers have shunned other handheld consoles made by Japanese manufacturers like, say, the Nintendo GameBoy, haven't they?

Now you've alluded to it, it's so obvious: American gamers are waiting for an American handheld system. Wow, if only someone had clued Sony in before they made this collosal PSP mistake...

Re:American gamers (4, Interesting)

erick99 (743982) | about 9 years ago | (#12056994)

Or maybe folks are just tired of stacking up one more game console. I have two young teenagers and we could open a store with everything from the Ninenteno, Nindento 64........PlayStation 2, XBox, ad nauseum. My kids weren't interested in the PSP. I have to admit I expected them to coming begging for it but they showed little interest. So, that's $250 + games + peripherals saved (theoretically, anyway).

EB Games (3, Interesting)

BeatlesForum.com (545967) | about 9 years ago | (#12056926)

I was at EB Games earlier today and one of the customers there asked the dude behind the counter if they had sold out of PSPs. The guy said no they still had plenty.

Re:EB Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057013)

Of course there's going to be a lukewarm reception for the PSP. Two hundred and fifty fucking dollars for a piece of plastic that's going to be outdated and selling for eighty bucks in two years.
Did Sony really think that everyone outside of Slashdot has that kind of disposable income for a handheld rehash of a game system which became obsolete five years ago?
The MP3 capabilities and such are just chrome. I'll pick up a PSX from the pawn shop for ten bucks and ten games for twenty bucks and spend the balance on food and gas.

Games rehashed a dozen (4, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 9 years ago | (#12057155)

Maybe because gamers like myself are tired of the same old rehashed games ported over. Basically what Nintendo and Sony have done is take their old game system and shrink it down to a portable. Port games = double profit for suckers.

Note: Sega did this with their GameGear. It was just a Master System compressed in a handheld. In fact, the hardware was so identical, you could get a PCB bridge and attach Master System carts to your GameGear.

Please *sigh*

PSP Web Browser (5, Interesting)

Ken@WearableTech (107340) | about 9 years ago | (#12056927)

The hacks are already starting to role in. A web browser has been found in the PSP game Wipeout Pure.
More info here: http://www.pspondering.com/ [pspondering.com]

Re:PSP Web Browser (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12056983)

Wow, and it formats Slashdot correctly too.

Re:PSP Web Browser (4, Interesting)

dealsites (746817) | about 9 years ago | (#12057015)

Here is a link with more details about the hidden browser: http://www.fumanchuu.com/pspdev/ [fumanchuu.com]
--
Hot deals updated every few minutes every minutes! [dealsites.net]

did you notice the spyware ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057148)

from the article

http://ingame.scea.com/wipeout/index.html?servic eI d=wipeoutpure_ingamesupport_main&hostId=ucus98612_ wipeoutpure_psp_umd_1
&hostLanguage=en&pspId=<REM OVED>&skin=Default

nice, embedding GUID's to tie your serial to your IP/ISP etc,

yeah take fucking liberties why dont they

Re:PSP Web Browser (0, Offtopic)

Maxiosu (748985) | about 9 years ago | (#12057109)

"Wow, and it formats Slashdot correctly too."

I use firefox, you insensitive clod!

Re:PSP Web Browser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057153)

Why is a web browser in a game?

Thank god... (2, Funny)

bman08 (239376) | about 9 years ago | (#12056929)

There aren't any PSPs at my EB or else I would have dropped three hundred bucks that I don't have.

Re:Thank god... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057182)

300 bucks? you serious? anyone who buys this thing now for that much money is, i hate to say, a bit daft..or possibly retarded..depending on which side of the pond you're on

I think it'll heat up. (0)

Dogun (7502) | about 9 years ago | (#12056940)

I mean, the market got tapped a bit by Nintendo's lame ass dual display thing a few months ago. I think (and hope) it's successful.

Hell, I know I'm getting one soon, since my parents actually ordered the Nintendo DS for me and my brother before Christmas, until I told her that the PSP was coming out in a few months and was going to be much less lame, and she canceled it with a promise to hook us up in a few months.

I dunno. Anyone else planning on buying?

Re:I think it'll heat up. (1)

JackAxe (689361) | about 9 years ago | (#12057141)

I was thinking the same thing about it being tapped out. But you also need to consider that most sain parents aren't going to drop $250 on their child just to play violent games like GTA on the go, or a device that can break easily and isn't as rugged as a Nintendo offering. Sony is targeting adults and most of us have already been burned by Sony's misinformation and horrid tech-support, so buying another propietory device from them isn't that desirable.

Don't dog on the DS, it may be lame in your book but it has way more potentional then just another purdy screen with Sony's typical proprietary B.S. and medicoresy in most areas. The DS does exactly what Nintendo promises and it does it very well, the PSP like every other Sony device really only does one partically area well and the rest is all fluff.

I've been playing with the PSP since yesterday and it's a purdy well built unit, but that's about it. The games are the typical PS2 stuff that really never appealed to me in the first place. I'm probably the only person I know that doesn't have a PS2.

If you like games llike GTA, long-boring-cut-scenes, or racing, then the PSP is by the best choice and this propably fits your style. But it's not what I personaly like in a portable. I'm all for RPGs, strategies and adventures, games that are much better suited for the DS. And if you already didn't know this, the DS is also way better for FPS games. Gameplay is king and this is exactly where the DS excels. And having instant load times also helps. I heard of the load times, but was still taken back by how long it took on a PSP.

Anyways, I'm off to buy a DS game and play with my friend's PSP some more.

Apparently (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12056948)


from a friend of mine who works in a game store says its the most returned gaming console in history (faults/dead pixels)

of course anyone who knows Sony's gear thesedays its hardly suprising, their pro gear (broadcast) is still good but the consumer level gears build quality in the last 10/15 years has declined massively, i couldn't reccomend Sony anything for the average customer

still the concept is nice, until my mobile phone kicks its ass in 2006

DS Buyer Regret (2, Insightful)

BunnyClaws (753889) | about 9 years ago | (#12056949)

I think a lot of people are suffering from buyers regret after purchasing the Nintendo DS system. I imagine after more games are released sales will increase for the PSP.

Re:DS Buyer Regret (4, Insightful)

dustinc20 (573679) | about 9 years ago | (#12057071)

Sheeple, who feed off on sony's products no matter how they suck? I LOVE my DS, I went to get a PSP, saw someone playing it, and decided not to. I have the $$$, but load times, battery life, and freakin 50$ a game is discouraging me. Its the principle that they do this because they KNOW those who want to be hip will buy one. Sure the screen looks nice, but looking pretty isnt what makes a game to me. I saw someone say on penny arcades forums they plan to never leave the house with this, so battery life isnt important. I take my PORTBALE device with me on the way to school, play in between classes. His logic amazed me.

Portables market saturation (1)

saskboy (600063) | about 9 years ago | (#12056954)

Perhaps since nearly everyone who'd have a portable electronic device already has a cell phone that plays games, takes pictures, sends text messages, and makes phone calls, they didn't figure they needed to carry a PlayStationP too?

I know my days of carrying a machine for games are over, and I wouldn't want kids to have one over a book.

No PS2 repeats? (1)

SpartanVII (838669) | about 9 years ago | (#12056956)

All the news leading up to the release predicted a PS2-like availability after the first few days (read: sold-out), guess Sony fooled everyone.

Supply vs. Demand. (5, Insightful)

sanityspeech (823537) | about 9 years ago | (#12056962)

From the IGN article:
I work retail, and our store received 60 PSP's and sold 10 the entire day. Outside of hardcore gaming stores, I was curious to find out if that was just an anomaly, or the standard. I actually had many people come up and talk to me about it, but balked at the price of $249.99.
This is a classic case of supply exceeding demand. Just knowing that Sony is willing to go for such a price point was enough of a turn-off for me. For that price, I am willing to wait a year or two before getting one.

...from the psp-stands-for-pretty-steep-price dept...

You can say that again.

Re:Supply vs. Demand. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12056998)

It is also a recursive acronym to shops, Please Sell PSPs!

Crunchy Bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057014)

"This is a classic case of supply exceeding demand. Just knowing that Sony is willing to go for such a price point was enough of a turn-off for me. For that price, I am willing to wait a year or two before getting one. "

Damn! Wish someone could set up a BitTorrent.

I don't see no lines... (0, Troll)

dustymugs (666422) | about 9 years ago | (#12056968)

Well, I'd hope not at the Walmart I went to! They had at least 24 (that i quickly peeked at) stacked nice and pretty on shelves. And the entire time I was there, no one bought one.

I really don't think interest is THAT high. Then again, it may have something to do with the fact that the town where the walmart is in ain't that rich... borderline redneck and college students.

Re:I don't see no lines... (4, Funny)

nate nice (672391) | about 9 years ago | (#12057111)

"Then again, it may have something to do with the fact that the town where the walmart is in ain't that rich... borderline redneck and college students."

When describing the area a Wal-Mart is in, it is implied the general population there is not all too rich and/or consists mainly of rednecks.

With the current state of our economy... (5, Insightful)

LokieLizzy (858962) | about 9 years ago | (#12056972)

it's not surprising that these things aren't selling like hotcakes. What with the 18-29 crowd buying their iPods and flashy digital cameras, not to mention required payments of the rent (or tuition if you're in college), food, and *life*, it's hard for the average Joe or Jane to choke out an extra 250 for a system which can't do half of the things it's advertized to do without pumping out another 80 dollars for a couple of games, or a larger memory chip.

The thing's far too expensive to justify whatever niftiness it may hold.

With the current [up 219%,credit card debit] (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057063)

"The thing's far too expensive to justify whatever niftiness it may hold."

Just put it on one of the eight credit cards most people have.

Re:With the current state of our economy... (5, Insightful)

Stalyn (662) | about 9 years ago | (#12057103)

Tokyo is one of the most expensive places live (actually the most) yet everyone there has some new fangled phone or electronic device. The success I think on the PSP has less to do with economy and more with culture.

Re:With the current state of our economy... (1)

The-Bus (138060) | about 9 years ago | (#12057186)

It's a very good point. $250 is sort of the upper range of the "nifty gadget" price point. Want an mp3 player, iPod even? They're cheaper.

Want to play games? DS is cheaper.

Want a cool digital camera? Also, cheaper.

Even portable DVD players are cheaper, considering you don't need to buy extra media. (For example [google.com]).

Had this come out in November... maybe it would've sold in a similar manner to hot cakes. I don't think this is going to take over Nintendo's throne in that market. When I first heard the price, I immediately thought, "What parent is getting this damn thing for their kids?" $250 is ridiculous for something which your daughter/son can drop in a puddle and break.

More tools (5, Interesting)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | about 9 years ago | (#12056976)

http://www.pspvideo9.com/

"PSP Video 9 is a free PSP video conversion and management application. It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP."

The market for the PSP could get a lot larger if the software keeps coming at this rate

Re:More tools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057098)

Larger still if someone figures out how to get that 'content' onto the little discs Sony invented, and not be locked in to the ridiculous expense and restricted biteage of the MemoryStick Duo (OK, even the Memorystick + adapter)

Re:More tools (4, Informative)

jeffehobbs (419930) | about 9 years ago | (#12057172)


For Mac OS X, I tried the two major Mac PSP sync apps, iPSP [kaisakura.com] and PSPWare [nullriver.com].

After testing the two, I preferred PSPWare -- and immediately paid the US$10 to register. It synced up my iTunes mp3 playlists and iPhoto libraries easily, and has a dead-simple movie conversion and sync function.

Very elegant software, nice work.

~jeff

"Figure" Skater. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12056984)

"Out in the real world there is already talk of the opening weekend sales. Doomstalk writes "According to IGN sales of the PSP have been lukewarm, with many outlets selling as little as 10 out of the 80 units they received." The PSP is currently burning up the charts in Japan, though, where the console has been out for a while."

So how's it doing in other countries?

preorders and target (2, Interesting)

alatesystems (51331) | about 9 years ago | (#12056993)

I pre-ordered from EB and got mine. I was #30 on the list and they got 40. Everywhere else here is sold out....

except Target.

I'm convinced that no one shops at Target. Click here [textamerica.com] to see my picture commentary on it. I ended up getting Ridge Racer from Target, since everywhere else is sold out. Target has all the games and a few psp's left, because NO ONE shops there.

With that said, Sony has done a horrible job of mismarketing/undermarketing. Almost none of my non-nerd friends even know what a PSP is. It's really sad. I've seen maybe one commercial total for it.

They need to pimp it as the awesome media machine it is. I love mine, and I have Ridge Racer, Wipeout Pure, and Twisted Metal: Head-On.

Playing on the actual internet from a handheld via WiFi in Twisted Metal is a truly awesome experience. Hopefully Sony will market it, but I guarantee you, this thing will be marketed by word of mouth/view of eye. The PSP is dead sexy and I guarantee you people will be asking me about it at school, since I'll be playing it before class starts and in between classes.

Ridge Racer? That's supposed to sell PSPs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057158)

Why don't they release Mortal Combat I or some other really old game while they're at it.

Am I the only one getting tired of... (2, Insightful)

LokieLizzy (858962) | about 9 years ago | (#12056996)

of seeing the word "blogger" everywhere?

"A blogger figured out how to batch convert e-books so they can be read on your PSP."

I mean, I like embracing new words as much as the next guy, but from the elections (where "blog" was the word of choice for the media), to talk of the PSP, I just don't *need* to see that word everywhere

Re:Am I the only one getting tired of... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057152)

The term "blogger" is here to stay. Get used to it. Sorry.

Blogger is gay. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057190)

Fags are here to stay, so get used to being stuffed up the ass. What? Don't like it? Sorry.

Re:Am I the only one getting tired of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057162)

I dunno, I'm kinda sick of seeing "web" everywhere.

It's dissapointing. (1)

LokieLizzy (858962) | about 9 years ago | (#12057008)

Because you *know* they're going to lower the prices in six months to wring every last dollar out of parent's bank accounts when the holidays arrive. But for now, Sony seems to be perfectly content with ripping off the general population. This isn't Japan - we don't have nearly as much money to spend on tiny electronic gadgets. Of course, part of that has to do with the fact that we're in a bloody war while our economy steadily slides down the pooper, but *still*.

Re:It's dissapointing. (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | about 9 years ago | (#12057179)

"Might I ask *you* to please keep this propaganda (garbage) out of a thread for discussions about a *portable gaming system*. If you want to get political, submit a political story. If you're here to game, then bloody well game."

"Of course, part of that has to do with the fact that we're in a bloody war while our economy steadily slides down the pooper, but *still*."

Both made by you, in the same thread :
Whereas I heavily agree with both of the above posts ; I still find it a bit hypocritical.

No offense :D

Sony never learns... (3, Interesting)

victorhooi (830021) | about 9 years ago | (#12057012)

Well, I recently bought a Sony MZ-NH1. The hardware side of the device is brilliant, but the software is quite frankly a piece of s*it...

The DRM is annoying, if you record say, a lecture on the MD using analogue, it *deletes* your files on the MD on the 2nd upload, it randomly trashes tracks (ie breaks them into hundreds of 2-second tracks, which you have to manually join - and about 8% of those tracks are corrupted) - and because of the stupid encryption that Sony useds to prevent *gasp* copy protection (why they prevent analogue copies and not just digital is beyond me)

SonicStage itself (the interface software) is a piece of badly coded rubbish - and the random encryption and DRM only makes it worse - if they spent half the time coding software as they did DRM to supposedly prevent copyright breaches (who on earth would buy a MD player to copy music? Most customers, judging by the minidisc forums are musicians or those like me recording lectures).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, Sony has a history of , ever since MD over 10 years, Atrac3, then memory stick etc. pushing consumers into draconian, proprietary technologies that both rake in more money, and preserve their music sales (stupid idea, since people who copy music will just buy an mp3 player, which hurts them twice - they lose MD sales, and their original idea of protecting copyright is a failure right away).

I only hope that efforts to free up the PSP carry over into other Sony technologies, like the Vaio (don't own one, but I feel for those who have to put up wiht the SS/Memory Stick issues), MD, Clie etc.

Enderle kiss of death (1)

starling (26204) | about 9 years ago | (#12057017)

Demand could be as much as 12 times that of the initial 1 million supply, predicted Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group


So that's it then - the thing's dead in the water.

Re:Enderle kiss of death (2, Funny)

bob670 (645306) | about 9 years ago | (#12057073)

I would have to agree, I used to spend a lot of effort researching each of my purchases. I would spend days scouring the Internet for reviews from every viewpoint, make multiple trips to stores to "touch and feel" every aspect, post numerous questions on message boards, etc.. But no more, these days I just wait to see if Rob Enderle or John Dvorak like it, and if they do I avoid it like the plague. I have a lot more free time to waste around here and don't make post as many auctions. Whew, thanks Rob Enderle, that PSP looked tempting but knowing you are ALWAYS wrong is better than a 30 day return policy.

Re:Enderle kiss of death (2, Interesting)

starling (26204) | about 9 years ago | (#12057122)

I wondered if I was the only one who'd noticed that. How anyone can be so consistently wrong is a mystery to me.

BTW, here's the link to the story : http://www.technewsworld.com/story/news/41790.html [technewsworld.com]

And another totally insane quote:

"People are literally foaming at the mouth to get their hands on it," he said. "It will likely take the place of the iPod as the next cool thing."

Take the place of the iPod? I want some of what he's smoking.

Correction (1)

tb3 (313150) | about 9 years ago | (#12057114)

"principal analyst", chief cook, bottle washer, and company bicycle, Rob Enderle.

Not enough launch titles to merit cost (5, Insightful)

Zetta Matrix (245803) | about 9 years ago | (#12057023)

At $249.99, there better be a handful of games I just can't live without. For me, there are none. This changes with the introduction of new titles and price drops on the PSP itself. At $149.99, I could see buying it for only 2-3 games (with the expectation of more).

I myself was dissintrested... (3, Interesting)

Upaut (670171) | about 9 years ago | (#12057026)

Until I played Lumines for one minute on a PSP at my local gaming store. The sheer addictivness of this game alone makes me desperatly want a PSP, but without the financial means to aquire it. It is a wonderful system, it has a nice feel, as opposed to the slightly clunky nature of the nintendo DS...

Re:I myself was dissintrested... (5, Insightful)

nate nice (672391) | about 9 years ago | (#12057145)

"Until I played Lumines for one minute on a PSP at my local gaming store. The sheer (sic)addictivness of this game alone makes me (sic)desperatly want a PSP..."

Your feelings are confused right now. You're not addicted to a game after playing it for 1 min. The feeling you have is called *impulse* and is the worst feeling a consumer can succumb to.

Re:I myself was dissintrested... (1)

incom (570967) | about 9 years ago | (#12057161)

I myself am even more looking forward to meteos on NDS, made by the same people, and it got a 38/40 on famitsu (an amazing score, 6 point higher than lumines iirc).

Re:I myself was dissintrested... (3, Informative)

yamcha666 (519244) | about 9 years ago | (#12057201)

If you can't afford the PSP and instead, can afford the DS, or already have one, there is a similar game like Lumines out in Japan right now.

It is called Meteos. It was made by the same guy who made Lumines, Rez, and Space Channel. You can order it from Lik-Sang [lik-sang.com] for about $50 USD w/ free shipping at the moment. It can play on the US NDS's too. And supports Download Play so you and your friends can play each other in mini-renditions of the game.

My friend ordered it last week, and he's been going bonkers on me waiting for it to show up.

The PSP had a (5, Interesting)

BenZoate (19607) | about 9 years ago | (#12057029)

less than huge launch. At my place of employment we recieved in 40 units, and sold 2 on Thursday. The company wanted us to sell out of them by noon, similar to the DS launch before Christmas. I know the local Best Buy, EB Games, Gamestop, were all sold out, but people do generally not come to Toys R Us for the big video game launches. So if you are looking for a PSP hit the local Toys R US, they probally still have some in stock.

Weakness - Intentional crippling (5, Insightful)

DemonWeeping (849974) | about 9 years ago | (#12057052)

The PSP would be a fantastic handheld with it's brilliant screen and fantastic hardware... ...except... They need to make UMD-R. Seriously. I am not going to pay 50%+ more (versus SD) for a 1G Memory Stick Duo that will not work in any other device I own just so I can carry around some extra media. Come on Sony. Didn't you learn your lesson about propriatary formats yet?

EBook Reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057060)

Ah. This guy wasn't the first to think of this. There is another way to get text onto the PSP, which I've been using. It's through a program called "Jpeg Book" which works, although it takes a lot longer than the one the guy uses.

A cool device, indeed! I use it to take slashdot with me on the train to read every morning.

Penny Arcade seems to like it. (1)

Dogun (7502) | about 9 years ago | (#12057070)

Apparantly this Lumines game is pretty hot - anyone actually played it?

I hope it runs linux in the near future. Even if it's only got 32 Megs of storage space, that's still enough room for a few libraries an emulator and a couple of roms, right?

There is an upside to buying a PSP... (1)

ProppaT (557551) | about 9 years ago | (#12057078)

When you go out in public and randomly tell girls/children/elderly couples "I've got something in my pocket, it's 7 inches, and I'm ready to play" they don't think you're a pervert...

Ya but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057079)

does it run Linux?

Lumines (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | about 9 years ago | (#12057081)

I bought a PSP so I could play Lumines. It's the only game I own for the thing, and will likely keep me occupied for some time.

Lumines is awesome. Hopefully more people will grok its awesomeness than did its predecessor, Rez (which is arguably even more awesome).

Does it run Linux, yet? (1)

chill (34294) | about 9 years ago | (#12057084)

This isn't posted as the typical /. really lame gag, but an honest question.

The PSP has a great screen, built in WiFi and a USB 2.0 port. If someone can shoehorn Linux onto it, I'd consider one, along with a USB keyboard.

-Charles

Lackluster compared to DS launch (5, Interesting)

N5 (804512) | about 9 years ago | (#12057094)

I've been to numerous stores today, and each place had plenty of the units. By the looks of it some places had sold as little as 2 or 3. Worse part still is the fact that at all the places I saw like 2 people maximum looking at them. It's release was front page news in the local paper with quotes such as "It's the biggest realease in seven years, since the Xbox" (this was a gamestop employee, who obviously can't count) and claiming they were sold out. Mabie they were, but no other place I was to were. The DS launch was far better sales wise, most places having only games but no units.

Very suprising, but that launch lineup wasn't exactly stellar. (DS was no better, but still...)

The games still suck. (5, Interesting)

PxM (855264) | about 9 years ago | (#12057095)

As with many console launches, I think a big problem here is the games. This happened with the DS too since their selection was limited (Mario DS and Metroid are the only two good ones from what I've heard) even though they have their GBA games to fall back on. Since the DS is less expensive, can also do movies, MP3s and ebooks using Movie Player Advance, people don't seem to want to spend the $100 extra for it. Both companies want to create a new industry around downloading content over WiFi and other non videogame things so they seem to be holding out on their initial releases. It might be better to wait six months and see which side has better stuff.

--
Want a free iPod? [freeipods.com]
Or try a free Nintendo DS, GC, PS2, Xbox. [freegamingsystems.com] (you only need 4 referrals)
Wired article as proof [wired.com]

Plenty of PSPs to go around (2, Interesting)

acidream (785987) | about 9 years ago | (#12057100)

I went to Target in Burbank CA, at about 9:30 to pickup God of War, and they had about 20 PSPs. I went back after work, about 7:30 to pick up something I forgot, and I noticed one PSP gone from the display case. I asked the guy if they restocked the shelves, and he said no. But the weird thing was, the bestbuy two stores down was sold out. Maybe people didn't think to try Target. The way I see it, the PSP is going to be there tommorrow, the next day and next month, so I'm going to sit on it for a while and see how it plays out.

Bad market research. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057106)

Why play on such a tiny little screen when you have 1-3 consoles plugged into your TV (plus a computer)?

Americans, as a whole, simply do not spend enough time on the train/bus/subway to justify the purchase of a $300 portable game system. At least cars come equipped with iPod cradles and such.

To lend credence to this argument: most folks I see using cellphones are doing it while *driving*.

e-books? are you mad? PR0N, not books (1)

step.ee (220594) | about 9 years ago | (#12057128)

from http://www.wired.com
Take Your Porn on the Road [wired.com] ...
Configure PSP Video 9 to work with Cherian's other program, Videora, and you can automate video transfers from BitTorrent to your PC to your PSP -- overnight.

No need to buy UMDs. Just sync your PSP with your computer and off you go, porn in hand.

Because this, of course, is a wet dream for porn fans. Once you get your porn on the PSP, delete it from your hard drive, and you can enjoy your porn in private while keeping the family computer freed up for other things. Like games. ....
Geek wags have already dubbed the device "PornStation Portable" and warned each other to be cautious when in public. ;)

"Burning up the charts in Japan"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057133)

What, cuz it sold like 100,000 more units than the DS?

You realize the DS sold like 1,000,000 more units last year, right? That's an order of magnitude too little.

I didnt know it was out in the US... (1)

BrookHarty (9119) | about 9 years ago | (#12057135)

I wanted to get one, but last few times it wasnt out yet. Didnt even it was out, didnt see any commericals or news..

Maybe thats why? Guys at work all want one, been talking about it for awhile.

I didnt know it was out in the US...Wordy Mouth. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057167)

"Didnt even it was out, didnt see any commericals or news..

Maybe thats why? Guys at work all want one, been talking about it for awhile."

Sounds to me like the "word of mouth" part of "new business model" isn't working out so well.

Universal appeal? Not so much.... (2, Insightful)

otis wildflower (4889) | about 9 years ago | (#12057146)

... thanks to Sony's choice to proprietarize the UMD rather than just using a mini DVD in a caddy. I can pretty much guarantee that nobody's gonna rebuy movies for this thing, at least in the US. Yeah, you could put movies on a mildly less proprietary Memory Stick, but teens aren't gonna have the $$$ for tons of 512MB sticks..

Of course, the geek bandolier squad will come out with the whole 'single purpose devices are better' argument, and I'm sure plenty of geeks and game fiends will buy the PSP and only play games on it. For me, though, $250 is a bit rich for that, and the so-called multifunctionality is a bit of a snow job due to Sony's longstanding format nonsensicality.

I just want to see Apple take that gorgeous LCD and wrap a star-killing PDA phone around it, using a scaled-up iPod mini look with touchscreen. Something with internal disk, HWR, 3G, voice recognition (for bluetooth headset/handsfree dialing etc.), the works. Adding the ability to run Dashboard apps even if you don't use a PPC full-blown OS X env would be super kewl.

took the plunge (3, Interesting)

viniosity (592905) | about 9 years ago | (#12057154)

Well, I bought one.. the first time I've *ever* bought anything purely for gaming. My mobile phone stores 512MB of music but since it's a pain to get them into ogg format for oggplay [sourceforge.net] (the native MP3 player on my phone stinks) I decided that the PSP would be worth the investment. In addition to gaming, I get to store oodles of songs that I can actually listen to on an airplane since it's not a phone.

What pushed me over the edge to buy it is definitely the potential. In addition to some of the things linked already, the register has an article about a potential email and web browser [theregister.co.uk] which, when combined with this keyboard [gameseek.co.uk] that popped up, might just make me think twice about upgrading my laptop.

Email/web browser aside, I'd love to see writeable UMDs come out though some how I doubt sony would give up the memory stick market so easily. Still, that would definitely make this a killer gadget IMHO.

Oh, and the games are fun too.

I just bought a PSP today (4, Interesting)

maynard (3337) | about 9 years ago | (#12057159)

And yeah - I like it a lot. However, it's quite apparent that the unit isn't selling like hotcakes. Every store I went to had plenty of stock available (Sears, Best Buy, EB Games, Target). What wasn't available were copies of Luminens and Ridge Racer, I had to poke through numerous stores in order to find copies of both.

The unit is beautiful and worth the money. Why isn't it selling? I don't know, but I'll hazard a few guesses:

a) No display units available. Not a single store of those four had a display unit to show potential buyers. Few people are willing to shell out $250 for a game device they've never seen perform.

b) It's a bit too expensive. Yes, it's worth the money for what you get, but it isn't cheap for a toy.

c) Game selection is limited. Yes, sixteen titles on launch. But only a few were selling well, and two (Luminens and Ridge Racer) were selling out.

So... am I glad I bought the unit? Yes! And oh yeah, did I buy the "rip off" Best Buy two-year protection plan? Yes! (hey, the damn thing has moving parts!) Now... time to check out that ebook thingy I saw in the article header. --M

Another interesting thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12057170)

This website:

http://www.psphacks.net/ [psphacks.net] contains most of these articles, and even put up a copy of that blog yesterday.

They're raffling off a PSP as well.

Get your news there first!

Neat tricks (1)

Wild Bill TX (787533) | about 9 years ago | (#12057175)

The neat tricks seem to be the most popular. ... A blogger figured out how to batch convert e-books so they can be read on your PSP. ... PSP Vault has a great story on how to Use Non-Duo Memory Sticks on a PSP! ... Via Joystiq, a way to get Tivo content on your PSP.
That's great, but could somebody please teach me a trick to get it to play games!?

The real problem... (1)

jd (1658) | about 9 years ago | (#12057195)

...is that PSP is so close to PTP, which everyone knows is Evil and the Spawn of Satan*.


(*Actually, Nessus is the Spawn of SATAN.)


Seriously, the consumer market has been saturated to the point of being overloaded in recent years. It does not help that America is clawing its way out of a depression that it may yet backslide into. There just isn't the disposable income to feed the games market in America.


I suspect that it might have been more prudent to invest in developing a killer console for when the markets can afford it. There is a lot of excellent emerging technology, but because development lifecycles are fairly long, the new PSP can't possibly be taking advantage of many of them.

No Games at Launch... (1)

HaloZero (610207) | about 9 years ago | (#12057200)

The PSP had a piss-poor game selection on launch, in my opinion. The list I saw at my local EB contained something like 10 or 11 sports games out of the 20 available at launch. No thanks. If I want a sports game, I'll put down the portasystem, and go play with a ball. Funny, no?

The only game that looks promising is Grand Theft Auto, and that's not due out for another two months. Now, if that had come out at launch, I'd have spent 300$ on it (at the extreme behest of my significant other - so what, I wanna buy myself a birthday gift...). But no; there was absolutely nothing appealing about the launch.

Please note, the above statement completely disregards the fact that I barely have time to read slashdot, anymore, let alone play video games. World of Warcraft barely gets touched anymore. Thank you, school [rit.edu] work [rit.edu], you're destroying my livelyhood...

PSP (1)

PunishTheMonkey (871068) | about 9 years ago | (#12057203)

PSP Garden [pspgarden.com] looks like a good place to get news about Sony's new money-sucker, they are pulling news from all over about it. How much does it cost to get started with one of these? (memory stick, gamez, etc) I want one but am not ready to spend $600 for a handheld systme.
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