Friday, March 25, 2005

Portable Fun

So I ran across the new Sony PSP at Best Buy today, and decided to pick one up.

First impression: The hardware rocks, and there are a number of cool games.

The screen on this thing is incredibly impressive, it's just beautiful, and the sound (with headphones anyway) is great, although the built in speaker is a bit sub-par.

As for games, I picked up Lumines, a tetris-esque type thing with beautiful graphics and addictive gameplay and Wipeout Pure, a futuristic racer that really seems to take advantage of the hardware. Both are a lot of fun, and I forsee a lot of wasted time in my future as a result. The games really feel like you're playing a PS2 game on a handheld, and just blows away anything I've seen from any other handheld system. I mean I love the Nintendo games, but technologically speaking it just isn't even close to the same thing, they're just in totally different leagues.

The bundled copy of Spider Man 2 is pretty sweet. The screen works just as well for movies as it does for games, as you'd expect, and I can totally see myself using it for them on long plane rides. I suppose there's a reasonable chance it'll catch on for people with long train rides as well, although I'm having trouble picturing myself buying all that many movies for it. I hope it'll be possible to rent them though, that would be handy.

Now I just need to sucker a friend into picking up another one so we can try out the WiFi networking...

1 comment:

  1. The PSP certainly looks like a sweet machine. If I weren't saving money for school, I'd seriously consider getting one.
    You got a PC, right? If you're interested in getting video onto the PSP, you might want to check out PSP Video 9. Looks like it'll let you convert different video sources into PSP video. I assume you'd put the video onto Memory Sticks.
    I don't remember, you have TiVo? There's also a page about getting TiVo To Go files playing on your TiVo.
    Who knows if UMD wil catch on. I'm sure Sony will push it as hard as they've pushed Memory Stick, but getting your video on via a reusable Memory Stick as opposed to repurchasing your videos on yet another format.