Last week during the Halloween break, I bought a brand new sony PSP which I’ve been dreaming to get and it’s the latest PSP version, the new PSP slim and lite, it was recently released last September 2007. I got very excited the moment I had it so I decided to post it after a week to give a better and more accurate review. During the week, I analyzed the PSP and found out the following:
Improvements from the old PSP
Of course there will be some changes and improvements to the slim PSP, some major improvements include the reduction of the weight and measurements of the unit(33% lighter and 19% thinner), the RAM was doubled from 32MB to 64MB for better and faster loading times, removal of the infra-red port, redesigned UMD tray, relocation of the Wi-Fi switch and the battery size and capacity was reduced because of the more efficient power usage. Some new features are also introduced like the TV output that makes it possible to view your PSP on TV and the USB charging.
Graphics and Display
Wow! When I first laid my eyes on the different playable games like tekken5: dark resurrection and the cell shaded Bleach: Heat the Soul4, I was blown away, It’s amazing to see a handheld game console produce such high quality graphics that can match that of a PS2. The PSP sports a whopping 4.3 inches wide TFT LCD screen, the largest I have ever seen delivering the best possible portable graphics leaving the other competitors in the dust.
As of now, there are already more than a hundred games available for the PSP from different game genres like RPG, Versus, Adventure, etc. And it’s still increasing due to the rising popularity of the PSP. The PSP has a strong support from third party game developers. Many famous game titles are available for the PSP like Final Fantasy series, CastleVania: Dracula X, Tekken5: Dark Resurrection, Metal Gear and many more.
If you think that the PSP can only handle games, you are wrong!! The unit is also a multimedia player. It supports MP3/ATRAC3/WAV/WMA audio formats and supports MPEG-4 and UMD video playback. It also has the ability to connect to the internet with the infrastructure mode via Wi-Fi making it possible to browse the web and even play online with PSP users around the globe, you can also connect with a nearby PSP without an internet connection using the Ad-Hoc mode. Taking pictures is also possible with the PSP by purchasing an attachable camera.
In terms of the quality of the sound, I can say that it is of top quality whether you are listening to game sound/music effects or listening to audio and videos. The only problem is that the volume from the built-in speakers are not that loud but can be fixed by purchasing a speaker designed for the PSP or by using the earphone.
Pros and Cons
-Large Game Library
-Great Shiny finish(the slim is coated with a shiny finish on the front and back)
-Wireless and online capabilities
-Can be used as a media player
-Expensive(Does not apply to all)
-Sound volume(although can be fixed)
-Finger print and smudge magnet(especially the piano black unit)
Who Should Buy This?
Even with all those wonderful features and advanced technology, the PSP is still not a must buy for everyone, the PSP is recommended for console real gamers that prioritize gameplay, graphics and portability. Those who only like a specific game type are not recommended to buy this like for example my friend who only loves to play MMORPG(massively multiplayer online role playing game) even with lower gameplay quality and relies more on level rather than real gaming skill, he still wants it because MMORPG focuses more on interaction with players(maybe he has a lonely past).
My PSP Slim and Lite
Originally, I wanted to get the ceramic white color for my PSP but I suddenly realized that what I really wanted was the piano black color because it is the distinguishing color that the playstation uses today(PS2 and PS3) and thought myself that it will not be a 100% playstation if it is not a black one, here are some shots of my piano black PSP: