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PSP Price Drop Official

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the now-more-reasonably-out-of-reach dept.

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GamesIndustry.biz reports that Sony has officially dropped the PSP price here in the US. Other markets will have to wait and see about a reduction in cost, but stores are already selling the portable console for $169.99, down from $199.99. "When asked if Sony has any plans to cut the price in Europe the spokesperson replied, 'We have no announcements to make about the PSP in the European market at this time.' The PSP competes in the handheld market with the Nintendo DS Lite, which has a lower price point of USD 129.99 / GBP 99.99. Last month Nintendo announced that more than 3 million DS units have now been sold in the UK, securing Nintendo a 68 per cent share of the market. "

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Frosty piss (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18590005)

Let me know when the PS3 is $300 or lower. Until then, I don't care. For portables, I'll stick with the DS.

Yay! (-1, Offtopic)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590051)

Paint Shop Pro is one of my favorite bitmap editing programs.

Lower price, but... (2, Insightful)

EggyToast (858951) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590069)

So have they added a touchscreen or games that aren't just ports?

Metal Gear Ac!ds and LocoRoco are cool, but aren't system sellers. I am amazed how much of a life WipeOut has in the UK, though...

Re:Lower price, but... (2, Insightful)

coop247 (974899) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592881)

I'm sick of people bitching about the PSP being just ports. There are quite a few very good games that are not ports, off the top of my head

Ratchet & Clank
2 GTA stories
Pursuit Force - The best game you've never heard of
Call Of Duty
Metal Gear
SOCOM
KillZone Liberation

I'm not saying there aren't awful games (some of which are ports), because I've played some really bad PSP games. But at the same time, there are quite a few "great" games and tons of "decent" games. Try actually playing a PSP before trolling.

BTW, did Nintendo add the ability to listen to music or watch movies when I'm not in the mood to play games...

Re:Lower price, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18596739)

I have no idea how your post was modded as insightful. All you did was post a bunch of ports. Only the Ratchet & Clank game is a true original. The rest are just the original games that have been tweaked a bit. The GTA games are lame versions of the originals. Same engine with a different story set thrown at it. I bought a PSP over the DS originally hoping for some good exclusives and the UMDs were a plus since I travel a lot for work. Ultimately though I got rid of the PSP for a DS since the UMD format failed miserably and the games just can't match up to the DS library.

Re:Lower price, but... (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598251)

You keep using the word "port". I do not think it means what you think it means.

A port is a duplicate of a game to another platform.

Might and Magic I for the NES was a port

DOOM for the SNES was a port

Diablo for the PSone was a port

Deus Ex for the PS2 was a port

SOCOM for the PSP is not a port, but an original game for the PSP set in the "SOCOM" universe and having "SOCOM" style gameplay.

Similar statements apply to the other games you consider to be "ports"

Re:Lower price, but... (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603385)

You're relying on pedantry to win the argument. These are just variants of games that have already appeared on other platforms, basically the same formats with a few tweaks.

Re:Lower price, but... (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 7 years ago | (#18606025)

And that's a bad thing?

I remember the bad old days of the original Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gamegear. When portable versions of NES/SNES/Genesis games might be nothing like the original because they were extremely cut down to work on the portables of the day. Remember that isometric sprite based spyro game? Or that 2D Tomb Raider?

Using your logic, Links Awakening for the Gameboy is a port. But we both know that it's an original game set in the Zelda univese with Zelda style gameplay, similar to SOCOM, et al for the PSP.

Re:Lower price, but... (1)

dank zappingly (975064) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600447)

I don't even care that I'm playing ports. It's a portable gaming system. Sure, I can play Pirates! on my desktop, but when I plan on taking a nice long dump, I want it to be portable. When I'm on the subway, I don't really care that I'm playing a port of Phantasy Star II, I'm just happy I have a game to play. I don't really have that much free time to sit in my living room pounding videogames like I used to. The PSP is really good for filling the gaps in time when I wouldn't be able to do anything worthwhile anyway.

Re:Lower price, but... (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603469)

Sure, I can play Pirates! on my desktop, but when I plan on taking a nice long dump, I want it to be portable.
You want to carry your shit around? Eeewwwwww....

Re:Lower price, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18616819)

I second this. Even if it's the same game, playing on PSP is much easier as I can just put it into sleep mode and get back to it later. On PS2 I always have to look for a save point, so that I can go somewhere or stop playing. Once I got used to PSP, it's hard to go back and play PS2.

Re:Lower price, but... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600855)

BTW, did Nintendo add the ability to listen to music or watch movies when I'm not in the mood to play games...

Yep but AFAIK it's not sold in the US yet. You can get a flash cart (some are just holders for SD cards AFAIK, flash storage doesn't get much cheaper than SD) for homebrew which includes movies and music, though.

By the way, the best game you've never heard of is The Chikyuu Boueigun 2 (Global Defense Force in the UK).

Puzzle Quest! (3, Informative)

CaseM (746707) | more than 7 years ago | (#18593391)

Pardon my enthusiasm for this title, but Puzzle Quest [infinite-interactive.com] is everything it was hyped [penny-arcade.com] to be and then some. It's currently my favorite game on the PSP, and I don't see it getting dethroned any time soon.

Give it a try for some seriously fun and addictive hand-held gaming goodness. There's even a PC demo [gamedaily.com] if you want to try before you buy.

Re:Puzzle Quest! (1)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 7 years ago | (#18595593)

Puzzle Quest is everything it was hyped to be and then some. It's currently my favorite game on the PSP, and I don't see it getting dethroned any time soon.

But wasn't it released for the Nintendo DS [amazon.com] , too? Is the PSP version *that* much better?

Re:Puzzle Quest! (1)

CaseM (746707) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598573)

Yep, it was released for the DS, too. I was just addressing the OP's complaint about the PSP getting too many console ports. If you've got a PSP and love the idea of a puzzle/rpg hybrid, you owe it to yourself to check out PQ. I've heard the DS version has worse graphics (of course) but that the experience is just as good as the other platforms.

Yeah, like the DS doesn't live and die by ports... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18594115)

Let's look at some of the DS mega-properties - their top 20 by score on metacritic

Mario Kart DS- Sequel, no major new functionality
Advance Wars: Dual Strike- Sequel, no major new functionality
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow- Sequel, no major new functionality
New Super Mario Bros-Sequel, no major new functionality
Meteos- I'll see your Meteos and raise you a Lumines. I owned both, and traded in Meteos, but that's personal preference
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan- New property, apparently pretty fun, Okay, that's one
Elite Beat Agents- See above, still only one
Kirby: Canvas Curse- Okay, two
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time- Mario RPG, how absolutely shockingly new
Animal Crossing: Wild World- Sequel, the touch screen is used for inventory and that's it
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin- ooh, a side-scroller, how novel
Metroid Prime: Hunters- Sequel, and an ever-so-original FPS
Super Mario 64 DS- Port
Daigasso! Band Brothers (Jam With The Band)- okay, reasonable, make it three
Tetris DS- My mind is blown by the originality of tetris
Tony Hawk's American Sk8land- port
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime- standard RPG, virtually no use of the touch screen
Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends- Tamagotchi, but for argument's sake say four
Nintendogs: Lab & Friends- above with a graphics patch
Clubhouse Games - Woah, board and card games, I'm blown away by the originality.

So I'll give you four of the top 20 as having actual novel functionality that actually makes specific use of the DS hardware. Congratulations on 5% originality.

I own both portables and like both, but innovative? Give me a break.

Re:Yeah, like the DS doesn't live and die by ports (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18596093)

>So I'll give you four of the top 20 as having
>actual novel functionality that actually makes
>specific use of the DS hardware.
>Congratulations on 5% originality.

Don't worry, I'm sure you will learn how to divide by graduation.

No child left behind and all that.

Re:Yeah, like the DS doesn't live and die by ports (1)

toolie (22684) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597625)

Mario Kart DS- Sequel, no major new functionality

After all the bitching people do about Nintendo's lack of online gaming, one game they do add it to you say has no major new functionality?

Mind boggling, but I guess thats why I keep coming back.

Re:Yeah, like the DS doesn't live and die by ports (1)

zetsurin (993567) | more than 7 years ago | (#18602715)

So are you saying 'online' for one port makes Nintendo innovative? Just face it, the big N are getting far too much credit from the whole less is more crowd.

Re:Yeah, like the DS doesn't live and die by ports (2, Insightful)

toolie (22684) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603927)

Since when does 'more functionality' mean the same thing as 'innovative'?

Price drop?... (0)

EvilGoodGuy (811015) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590135)

$40 isn't nearly enough to make that enticing.

Re:Price drop?... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18591117)

$30 is even less enticing.

Wow. Just.. wow... (4, Funny)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590163)

The Core pack includes a PSP, battery and adaptor, and retails for GBP 150 in the UK.

150.00 GBP = 296.374 USD

Jesus Christ, you must all be walking permanently bowlegged over there from such a pounding.

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590957)

Those who have modded this flamebait haven't figured out how insightful it is. You guys in the UK are getting boned right up the ass on the price of all things Sony. I know part of it is the VAT (you poor bastards) but part of the pricing is truly inexplicable. You're literally paying half again on basically all of this stuff. If you get a cheap flight it's almost cheaper to come here and buy a PS3...

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (2, Informative)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 7 years ago | (#18593653)

Half again? Not hardly: 1 U.S. dollars = 0.507047967 British pounds

So the actual cost is closer to 4 times as much than twice, VAT excluded.

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (2, Informative)

Quasicorps (897116) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591795)

I buy almost all of my electrical goods in America. Or Japan. I know enough people from around the world who come over here and are willing to bring me things.

A couple of years ago I spent about $1200 on computer components, and my wily friend managed to avoid all customs charges.

England has to wait months to get anything released here, and when they are, they tend to be about twice the price. Even when you take into account how the economies differ, and how we earn more, it's still an unreasonable markup.

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600893)

Computer parts aren't the biggest issue really. Here in Germany I see some parts going for the exact same price as they do in the US despite tax. Others have the tax as the price difference. Consoles however have a markup that vastly exceeds the difference tax makes, especially games are priced as if their price got fixed back when the Euro was 0.8$ and never adjusted.

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18592481)

Most European countries have 17.5% sales tax.

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18592637)

It would only be a pounding if currency relationships were as simple as naive /. posters like you constantly claim. Go take a look at the average cost of living in a UK city roughly equivalent to the one in which you live, and then take a look at the average UK salary in a field that is also well-represented at home. Compare these to the numbers back home and you will see that X locally-earned dollars paying for Y cost of living will maintain a generally consistent relationship with Z price of a given item, in this case a PSP. It won't be an exact match, but will be much closer than naive raw exchange rates might suggest.

You earn locally and spend locally. Only when physical goods can be shipped around the world instantly, with no cost, and through no trade/tax barriers will you see pricing based on raw exchange rates. At that point you'd also notice a curious little detail that I haven't mentioned yet, which is that the exchange rate would be basically 1:1, assuming the entire planet wasn't on the same currency by then, both for and because of everything I've just laid out.

Re:Wow. Just.. wow... (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 7 years ago | (#18594425)

and then take a look at the average UK salary in a field that is also well-represented at home.

And don't forget to make sure you're comparing the after-tax amounts....

$170 could be a Great Deal (5, Interesting)

lmnfrs (829146) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590169)

If the versions currently being sold run a BIOS version that's been dumped and hacked. If not, it will probably only take a few weeks. I don't care how great the DS is (I have one, it's pretty great) because a big shiny 16:9 handheld that plays PlayStation games is _sweet_. You don't have to be interested in any of the other stuff it can do (which is a lot) if you ever liked the PSX.. Pull out your old PSX discs and spend $50 on a big MSPD and you'll be the most badass kid on the bus.

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590413)

You can even fit all the FFVII discs on a 4GB stick.

Still, let's not undersell the DS as far as emulation goes. Anything of the SNES generation or older is fair game there, although I doubt there'd be any cost savings due to the cost of a homebrew cart like the MML combined with the cost of flash. Still, the Lite is more portable, and if I just really want to pay, say, Rock & Roll Racing on the go, then the DS is a bit more practical to shove in a pocket (and it's easier to get homebrew on it than the PSP). It's just the cost...

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18590557)

FF7 was 3 discs, and each one was = 750MB. Last I checked, that's = 2.25GB for the whole game.

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

Applekid (993327) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590853)

"FF7 was 3 discs, and each one was = 750MB. Last I checked, that's = 2.25GB for the whole game."

And you don't even need to have all of them available at the same time. Is the battery life so good that there's a need to keep more than 2 discs, at most, in there? :D

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592301)


GP: You can even fit all the FFVII discs on a 4GB stick.

You: FF7 was 3 discs, and each one was = 750MB. Last I checked, that's = 2.25GB for the whole game.

Me: What the hell was your point?

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18593251)

...that you could carry all of FF7 without having to lug around the discs?

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18593667)

That was the GP's point, as he said: "You can even fit all the FFVII discs on a 4GB stick."

Did you hallucinate a "can't", or have you just been trained by the internet to always insert a snarky "last I checked" into every post even if you're agreeing?

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

ZorbaTHut (126196) | more than 7 years ago | (#18599329)

Note that there's a lot of redundant information on the FF7 discs. I highly suspect you could fit FF7 on a 2gb stick.

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600339)

They also used compression not unlike the concepts behind animated GIF for the FMVs. You could probably fit the entire game on a single CD if ever FF7PC were opensourced and could be adapted to use more processor intensive (and more recent) compression. That's not the point, though, the point is you can just shove the discs onto a stick and go at it.

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

feepness (543479) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590503)

You don't have to be interested in any of the other stuff it can do (which is a lot) if you ever liked the PSX.

I almost never play games on my PSP. I tried to get into GTA: Liberty City, but I'm too lazy watching videos. It is a beautiful 4GB Portable video player that cost me $250.00 (including the card) that I take on the treadmill. With the price drop that is now $200.00.

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (1)

suborbit73 (1083725) | more than 7 years ago | (#18594367)

I'd hate my first post on slashdot to be a rehash of all the reasons ever listed about why a psp is great, how a ds doesn't do it for me, etc., etc. So, I'll skip over that....and just send my eternal gratitude to Sony for letting a 30-something new dad have the chance to have those 30 minutes each day on the subway to play console-quality games just like "before". And to come home and gaze upon my 2 children's faces in wonder, hoping and anticipating that moment in their lives when they will kick my a** in Halo 8.

Re:$170 could be a Great Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18590591)

Kid is right.

Will this... (2, Interesting)

lanceleader (1050398) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590205)

Really have a dramatic effect on the PSP sales? Sure, it will spike for a while but, will it have a long term effect? Personally I see not enough good software to make it worth my money. Even if it is $40 less.

Re:Will this... (2, Insightful)

sottitron (923868) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590585)

$199.99 - $169.99 = $30 less and not $40.

It might (1)

fistfullast33l (819270) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591361)

A lot of people have stayed away from Sony apparently because their products are so expensive. Now you're getting a $170 game player, web browser, music and movie player all in one. Combine that with upcoming Home (Sony said it would port it to PSP in some form) and the fact that 2GB memory sticks are getting really cheap (about $75 or so) and you have a $240 price point that really competes with a video iPod pretty well. If Sony really does go ahead and launch the music/movie store that's rumored (integration of BMG, Sony Pictures, and SOE is inevitable), then I think this will work out for them.

UK Prices (0, Redundant)

BarneyL (578636) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590231)

For those of you wondering what the RRP in the UK is, for a black base unit PSP it's £149.99 (including 17.5% sales tax)
In dollar terms that's $296.40 at the moment.
Lucky us!

Only two apps I want for it (3, Funny)

Krishnoid (984597) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590267)

Plucker [plkr.org] and adobe reader [adobe.com] . If I could take the floorplan of my house in acrobat format, carry it in to the local hardware store, and zoom in to get the measurements of various areas, good enough for me.

Re:Only two apps I want for it (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18590445)

If I could take the floorplan of my house in acrobat format, carry it in to the local hardware store, and zoom in to get the measurements of various areas, good enough for me.
Sorry man, I'm not baiting...but...if I'd sat and thought for a week I could not possibly have come up with a duller use for a PSP...

Re:Only two apps I want for it (1)

cowscows (103644) | more than 7 years ago | (#18593947)

I'd suggest having the floor plan printed out on a piece of paper, rolling it up, and taking that with you. You can read it, measure it, draw/write/make notes on it. A tiny screen is not a particularly useful tool for reading architectural drawings.

Re:Only two apps I want for it (3, Informative)

dannycim (442761) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592135)

Just dump the pages as large JPG, view in the photo viewer, which does a mighty fine job of zooming in&out, rotating, etc...

Re:Only two apps I want for it (2, Informative)

_egg (86248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592497)

People commonly export eBooks and similar stuff to images, and stick them in the images folder.

The image viewer has pan and zoom, so you can pretty much do as you described, minus the PDF format.

Re:Only two apps I want for it (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597849)

Couldn't you just buy a PDA or something? The fact that you can't do some obscure task on a gaming handheld doesn't really seem like a valid complaint to me...

Metal Gear Portable Ops (1)

strider2k (945409) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590315)

Metal Gear Portable Ops is a likely candidate for a system seller. It's one of the good games on the PSP that isn't a port.

If they gave us a Suikoden 1 and 2 remake like they did in Japan, I'm sure it'll sell a few systems here and there (and hopefully reduce the ps1 price of Suikoden 2 on ebay).

Re:Metal Gear Portable Ops (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18590687)

Final Fantasy Tactics is coming to the PSP. Thats going to be a system seller.

Re:Metal Gear Portable Ops (1)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18605403)

If it's anything like FFT:A, it'll make me want to avoid the system.

Re:Metal Gear Portable Ops (1)

sixteenbitsamurai (1070810) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597419)

If they gave us a Suikoden 1 and 2 remake like they did in Japan, I'm sure it'll sell a few systems here and there (and hopefully reduce the ps1 price of Suikoden 2 on ebay).
Yeah, like the bargain basement prices Valkyrie Profile fetches on ebay since it came out on PSP. As of this writing, I still find it a better use of your gaming dollar to buy a PSP and VP:Lenneth than to buy a copy for playstation. At least you get another system out of the deal.

I already got mine for 150€ (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590351)

Because of a mislabeling in advertisement. The console itself was 250€, but according to the advertisement it came with three free games that were still sold 50€ a pop. By now those games are cheaper... Of course, that advertisement was gone next time I passed by that store ;-)

Not for a while (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590371)

I'm not buying one until I get can both the PSP and Locoroco for 100$CAD. It may take another 2 or 3 years, but so far that seems to be the only original game not available on another platform.

Re:Not for a while (1)

mu22le (766735) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590459)

Fool!
you can get your psp for 170$ and Locoroco for free from the nearest bittorrent tracker NOW :)

PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590405)

I have a PSP. I've used it one time when I got it in another state, and used it during the flight.

And that was when I wasn't using my IPOD. I have movies which I've watched already, and a few games that suck.

What am I supposed to do with this thing? I don't really care to learn the ins and outs of firmware, but playing old PS games would be awesome. I might actually use it then, so how do I go about figuring that out?

It just sits there. I have money to buy games, but nothing looks remotely good.

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (2, Funny)

nutshell42 (557890) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592139)

I have a PSP. I've used it one time when I got it in another state, and used it during the flight.

And that was when I wasn't using my IPOD. I have movies which I've watched already, and a few games that suck.

Lucky you! I have ten of them lying around. Never even booted them up, they just look so shitty!

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who buys stuff he doesn't want and then keeps it just so he can troll about it on /.

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 7 years ago | (#18594945)

Heh, bravo. I'm sitting here thinking at first, "Why did he buy 10 if he thinks they look shitty?" :)

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596021)

I didn't buy it, it was a gift. But yeah, just trying to troll here, or something.

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

benzapp (464105) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592655)

I have a PSP, and got several great games.

1) Wipeout Pure
2) GTA: Liberty City Stories
3) GTA: Vice City Stories
4) Air Combat X: Skies of Deception
5) Lumines II
6) Metal Gear Solid: Porable Ops (amazing game)
7) Sid Miers Pirates! (such nastalgia)
8) Sega Classics
9) Mega Man Powered Up

These are all excellent games and are well worth the money.

Not to mention... (1)

hudsonhawk (148194) | more than 7 years ago | (#18593009)

Syphon Filter
Daxter (both of which had price drops to $20 this week as well)
Pursuit Force
Chili Con Carnage
Ratchet & Clank
Killzone

The whole "the PSP has no games" meme may have been true at one time, but it just doesn't hold anymore. At this point I think it has nearly as strong of a library as the DS (the DS has more good games, but those games tend to have less lasting power). It might have a lot of ports as well, but I personally don't mind that - being a commuter, I like having the option of buying the portable version of a game.

Re:Not to mention... (1)

benzapp (464105) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596039)

Same here. I ride the NYC subway for 90 minutes a day, and work 60 hours a week. I don't have time to play a home console. PSP ports are fine by me!

Re:Not to mention... (1)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596159)

I'm a sports game fan, and all of the sports games look pretty bad for it. I think Puzzle Quest will be the first game I go out and get, it looks fun.

The only one on your list I might get otherwise is Ratchet and Clank, and that's solely because of the good rating from IGN. I've never played it before, and am generally not into those games, but it will be better than anything else i have on there.

I just started adding RSS feeds, and videos, so I'll probably get much more use out of it now. Just needed a reason, and my first post started it.

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596111)

I have Pirates on pc. I looked at those games, and none of them seemed fun to me.

Although I think I'm going to buy Puzzle Quest tonight. That looks awesome.

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18598297)

"It just sits there. I have money to buy games, but nothing looks remotely good."

"but playing old PS games would be awesome"

I hear this one way too often. The PSX was an awesome machine at the time, however it isn't capable of what the PSP provides... via handheld no less. Granted, there are some games (eg Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil) that don't have a equivalent PSP version, however in most genres, the PSP is a huge improvement over the PSX.

For example:

Spy > Metal Gear Solid (PSX) v MGS Portable Ops (PSP)
Portable Ops is a huge jump over the original PSX version, and is more akin to the PS2s Metal Gear Solid 2.

Platform > Crash Bandicoot (PSX) v Daxter (PSP)
Crash Bandicoot was a fun game, however Daxter takes the cake here.

Arcade Driving > Ridge Racer Type 4 (PSX) v Burnout (PSP)
Again, Ridge Racer was good, however Burnout is much faster and action packed.

Sim Driving > Gran Turismo 2 (PSX) v ??? (Gran Turismo Portable?)
Okay, so there's no Gran Turismo on the PSP yet, however it's coming...

Fighting > Tekken 3 (PSX) v Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP)
Dark Resurrection is a cleaner version of Tekken 3.

Skateboarding > Tony Hawks Pro Skater (PSX) v Tony Hawks (PSP)
The PSP version is better in every aspect, including crisper graphics, more moves, more boarders, etc

Sandbox > GTA II (PSX) v GTA Vice City Stories (PSP)
No need to compare here.

Music > Parappa the Rapper (PSX) v Gitaroo Man Lives (PSP)
Parappa the Rapper was fun, however I prefer Gitaroo Man... all depends on your opinion though.

Action > Syphon Filter (PSX) v Syphon Filter (PSP)
The PSP version was probably the biggest surprise yet, and was much better than I was expecting. I would highly recommend the PSP version over the PSX version.

Sport > EA's Lineup on PSX v EA's Lineup on PSP
Much better quality on PSP

Flight > Ace Combat 2 (PSX) v After Burner (PSP)
Pretty evenly balanced in terms of quality here.

Strategy > Civilization II (PSX) v Field Commander (PSP)
Like comparing apples and oranges, however both machines have a relatively shallow Strategy lineup. PSX had slower strategy games with more depth whereas the PSP has pick up and play strategy. Make up your own mind what you prefer.

Puzzle > Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PSX) v Puzzle Quest (PSP)
I loved Super Puzzle Fighter II, however the PSP keep making puzzle game after puzzle game (Puzzle Quest, Lumines, etc).

FPS > Medal of Honour (PSX) v Medal of Honour (PSP)
Both machines are pretty weak on FPS, so this doesn't really count.

So put simply, the PSP is more than a worthy match up for the PSX... the only areas that need a huge improvement are RPGs (still waiting for an epic), FPS (a dead genre due to the controls) and strategy (not a strong market for it on handhelds)

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18606087)

The sports games are not anywhere near up to standards yet. That's the area I'd take the biggest hit with in quality, and they still are not worth it.

I am hoping for a better turnout this year.

Re:PSP sits collecting dust. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603589)

What am I supposed to do with this thing?
Admit that you made a mistake, figure out how much you can sell it for, and if it's still worth more to you than the unit's entertainment value (in your personal opinion), take the money.

Yeah, it probably sucks if you're taking a major loss over the original price, but if the alternative is that it gets shut away in a drawer and never used, you're effectively wasting the *whole* price anyway; it's just taking up space and its value will inevitably fall further.

GP2X (1, Insightful)

flydpnkrtn (114575) | more than 7 years ago | (#18590821)

Or get a GP2X [gp2x.com] and have a handheld that's designed to be hacked, uses SD cards (SDHC support is being worked on...) and runs Linux!

And a PSX emulator is being worked on right now. (See PSX4GP2X [google.com]

Re:GP2X (1)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591629)

Nice try, but the PSP already has a working PS1 emulator, and many others, including the SNES, NES, GBA, N64, Mega Drive, and CPS1/2. The GP2X's community is only a fraction of the PSP's vast following, so it's a console doomed to vanish into obscurity, along with it's predecessor, the GP32.

Re:GP2X (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603735)

Nice try, but the PSP already has a working PS1 emulator
The GP2X isn't reliant on commercial support, so from that point-of-view it doesn't matter if it remains an obscurity by mainstream standards. In fact, I doubt anyone buying one is expecting otherwise, or is particularly bothered by this.

It's purpose isn't to compete with the PSP and DS (a fight it would inevitably lose badly); it's a niche homebrew machine, and isn't pretending otherwise.

The PSP is *not* a great choice for homebrew. Don't get me wrong, the specs are great, and it would be an outstanding machine if Sony weren't intent on locking it down; but they keep pulling tricks like requiring updates that lock out the loopholes that homebrew relies upon. Sure, you can choose not to upgrade your system (and not run new games) or wait until (inevitably) a new loophole is found, but all this is fiddly. Which is why if hacking/homebrew is your main intent, the PSP is not the ideal choice. Similar arguments apply to the Nintendo DS; I have one and enjoy it, but I would go for the GP2X if hacking/homebrew were my priority.

Okay but (0, Flamebait)

Butisol (994224) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591367)

Price drop doesn't change that it's a Sony. DRM Sony, RIAA Sony, crap on the customer Sony. Yeah, that Sony.

Your post is so 2 years ago (1)

fistfullast33l (819270) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591511)

Seriously, enough of this. Microsoft is represented as a borg on this site for a reason, so don't argue that they're holier than thou. That leaves you with Nintendo. I go home and copy my Nintendo cartridges to my Sony portable all the time. And then I play them on my legally obtained SNES emulator which runs on my iPod. Of course, I then copy the Gamecube discs and put them on my blank Wii Optical discs I got at Gamespot so they run well in my brand spanking new Wii.

Give me a break. Each console maker does their own copy protection. You don't like that? Play solitaire.

Re:Your post is so 2 years ago (1)

PhoenixFlare (319467) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592173)

I go home and copy my Nintendo cartridges to my Sony portable all the time.

Keeps getting mentioned again and again on the PSP stories....One of the best "advantages" of Sony's portable seems to be hacking it to play games from one of their biggest competitors. Someone at Nintendo must be getting a chuckle out of that.

Re:Your post is so 2 years ago (1)

brkello (642429) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592283)

I think you missed his point.

Re:Your post is so 2 years ago (1)

PhoenixFlare (319467) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592861)

Oh, I got his point fine. I just found it amusing as an aside that he mentioned that.

Re:Okay but (1)

Zero_DgZ (1047348) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591523)

So buy one used. The retail price drop will almost immediately correlate to a used unit price drop (Gamestop, et. all) just like it always has with Gameboys. I bought my DS new. I bought my PS2 used. Nintendo got the usual cut of my DS, and for my PS2 Sony got the shaft... Which is exactly how I like it. (To be fair, I've hated Sony ever since their campaign of lying about their NetMD MiniDisc players. But that's just me.)

PSP price drop? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18591841)

Wow, about time Corel drops the price of Paint Shop Pro instead of raising it. It was getting to the point it was going to catch Photos.....

Wait a sec.

Oh, you are talking about that portable game machine, not a Graphics Program.

never mind..... ;)

Re:PSP price drop? (1)

unconfused1 (173222) | more than 7 years ago | (#18592977)

Heh...that was nice!

Remember when the PS2 was an IBM computer, and not a Sony entertainment system?

Re:PSP price drop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18599505)

PS2 never was an IBM computer.

They're only doing this to clear inventory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18592995)

Sony wants to clear out inventory of the old PSP before they release the revamped PSP2 this summer/fall. The new PSP2 will be on a more-battery-efficient 65nm process and will include the new features Sony had been planning for a while.

Price dropped in Canada about two weeks ago. (1)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600259)

The price of the basic PSP package dropped to C$200 ($170 US) at least two weeks ago. I guess the price reductions will hit other markets in due time.

C$200 should be the sweet spot. C$300 was far too expensive and C$150 is just not realistic until the end of the product cycle. With new versions of the Prince of Persia and God of War coming for the system I am thinking very seriously of picking one up this summer. The Gameboy Advance was priced at C$150 for quite while before it dropped to C$129 and then C$99, and the DS remains at C$150 (although I expect this will drop to C$129 by Christmas). $50 more isn't all that much.

Son't seems to hate the UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18602427)

Sony are effectively killing the PSP in the UK themselves and this price drop that we won't even see over here is just making it worse.

It's true that there are few few killer titles on the PSP and i think a lot of this is because Sony is putting most of their resources into the PS3 and is largely ignoring the PSP. The PSX emulator has been in the PSP firmware since 3.0 and yet it is still not possible to actually buy these games without a PS3 which to me confirms that Sony are trying to force PSP owners to buy a PS3 (there is a perfectly functional PSP online shop). There was no PAL support in the PSX emulator until the PS3 was released here, i wonder why? I think this is one of the main reasons why the firmware was hacked open to allow people to use their existing PSX games on their PSPs. God love Dark_AleX and his 'open edition' firmwares such as the 3.10 OE-A' firmware i currently have on my PSP. All i really play on my PSP are my original PSX games (which i own the originals) and Wipeout pure (also original), there really isn't much else that interests me at the moment and there is little on the horizon i'm excited about either.

The UK is one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a PS3 and it's now the same for the PSP. Thank you Sony.

Nice !! (1)

Doodlepants (646546) | more than 7 years ago | (#18604053)

What a great opportunity to lose the little life I have and buy a PSP AND Puzzle Quest !!

JOY !!!

no thanks (1)

Is0m0rph (819726) | more than 7 years ago | (#18607151)

You can spend the same amount of money and get a DS Lite, a slot 1 dev card (R4, M3, SC DS One, etc), and a gig micro SD card for the same price.

Re:no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18616877)

Yeah, but DS sucks. Have you compared the screens? Unless you are a 10 year-old or less, I don't know why you would wanna touch the thing.
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