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Sony PSP Review
Today i finally got my hands on the PSP otherwise known as
the Playstation Portable which is the first handheld console
by Sony. I purchased my PSP Value Pack from Success HK
along with the game Ridge Racers, heres my review of the new
Whats in the Package
The value pack which is coded PSP-100K has the PSP console,
Handstrap, PSP Protective Wallet, Headphones, 32mb Memory
Card Duo and the power charger (which in the UK can be plugged
into a shaver adapter and runs fine from the power over here
or infact anywhere as it supports 100-220v. Seperately there
was the game Ridge Racers.
Because this is the Jap version the manual is useless :P,
so its just a case of turning it on and hoping for the best.
Anyway first off i found the slot where the memory card fitted,
the fitting of the memory card concerns me, rather than just
pushing it into a slot you have to push a slide that ejects
the compartment that fits the memory card in, that compartment
is in my opinion a weak point and as long as your not taking
the card in and out you should be fine but certainly something
to be careful of. Then it was time to insert the game Ridge
Racers, opening the game case was the first time i had the
chance to see in reality was the new UMD discs that the PSP
uses and was surprised that all it look like was a mini-cd
in a disc holder combo. The recharger took a couple of hours
to charge and its lasted me 3 hours so far and still going
The first thing that grabs you about the PSP is that it is
one sexy looking handheld, it looks like the BMW of the Handheld
Console scene, the beautiful gloss black finish oozes sex
appeal and makes you want to get your hands on the throbbing
beast, getting back to reality its a very nice machine and
comes with what you would expect from an handheld console
and a few surprises, you have your D pad, and the normal 4
buttons on the front and the 2 buttons on the top also. Theres
also a Volume up and down buttons, Start, Select, Home, Off
and Speaker off Button. On the side theres a slide that turns
the power on. On the top sits a nice USB port too.
The good part
Turning the PSP impresses straight away with the size of
the screen and the clearness of the picture and the excellent
sound coming from it. The first screen that shot up was choice
between English and Japanese, obvious which one i went for.
The next screens were asking for time zone, dates etc. The
final option and the one i struggled on was the name that
is to be used for wireless play, i struggled with getting
to grips with the selection so i just pressed any buttons
to get past that and into some gaming.
At last it came to an option screen where i could choose
Memory stick, Saved Data Utility, Game Sharing or UMD (The
Game), on highlighting the UMD option you are presented with
video footage of the game runing and the title of the game
and more info which is a damn cool option.
Now its time to play, Japanese games do take a bit or working
out if you dont know or speak the language so its time for
some clued up button pressing to get pass option screens etc
but after a few presses you eventually find a way to the game.
Remember that nothing like Ridge Racers has ever been released
on an Handheld before so its an amazing thing to see such
quality graphics from such an early title, the game is fast
and theres no slowdown whatsoever, the loading times arent
excessive and the UMD disc makes little to no noise when working.
When you see the Helicopter and the Plane flying in front
of you it will take your breath away, the graphics are that
good. One feature that is awesome is the one where you press
the off/Power Slide and it turns the console off, well when
you turn it on again the game is still there right where you
left it. Damn impressive. To actually get back to the menu
screen you have to press Home so thats a little different
to the norm.
I didnt get a chance to test the Wireless capabilities of
the PSP so cant say until i find another near me with a PSP.
The Good The Bad and the Ugly
Memory Card Insertion- I really didnt feel happy with the
whole process to get the memory card installed.
Battery Life ? - This point has been raised about the battery
life but to me its not a bad amount of time and the quick
recharge means that after a few beers and a bite to eat and
more importantly a rest of the eyes yor back to speed again.
Screen Smears- One to watch in my opinion, fingerprints and
smears on the screen will eventually get annoying so hopefully
some bright company will come up with a safe wipe or screen
Read my review ;), the lovely 16x9 widescreen with ultra
smart console around it should be enough to convince you that
this is one awesome console, then when you boot the game up
and see those graphics your jaw will drop, theres also the
Wireless mode and new features to come.
Please only buy from respectable online shops with a good name, I can recommend
2 shops that are of the highest standard from whom ive ordered many items
from and they are the Hong Kong Supplier Success
HK and also Divineo China. Luckily
prices are coming down now on a fortnightly basis so thats good news for
Again be very careful of auctions that are selling PSP consoles
as you could be ripped off and even worse than that are people
who post on forums saying if you email me the money ill bring
one back with me from Japan, remember to buy safe :).
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