Sony has joined the handheld game console wars. Will they slice a big chunk of the sales of Nintendo’s Game Boy or not?
Sony’s PSP has reminded me of Sega Game Gear where we bought it as a replacement for Game Boy when I was still in grade school. It has the Sega touch of black. It has an odd-shape that still needs to be redesigned for ergonomic purposes. Also, it has a wide dimension where a big portion of it is allocated for the LCD screen that is 480 x 272 pixels.
It is WiFi capable giving you the ability to surf the Internet. It also supports USB and infrared connectivity. The best part here is that it has a memory stick slot that you could use to store your photos (JPEG and GIF format), videos (MP4 format) and music (MP3, WAV or ATRAC3 formats).
Sony PSP is Wireless LAN capable. Thus, providing support for multiple players for one game. Of course the maximum number of multiple players supported would depend on the game itself.
If Nintendo uses a cartridge slot, Sony uses UMD drive for its games. The UMD drive is not only built for games but for videos stored in the UMD. Also, you have an option to use a headphone or not. Hence, Sony PSP is not your ordinary handheld game console. It’s an all-in-one entertainment showcase.
Usually, handheld game consoles use 4 x AA batteries. It was a nightmare when I used those batteries for Sega Game Gear for it drains easily. Sony PSP did not join the bandwagon of handheld game consoles powered by those batteries. Instead, Sony PSP is powered by a Lithium-ion battery.
Sony PSP is locally available at prices ranging from PhP 9,000 to PhP 12,000 according to the officemates of my brother.
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