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PlayStation Portable (PSP) Entertainment Pack
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Manufacturer: Sony
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Binding: Video Game
Brand: Sony
EAN: 0711719850908
Feature: The Sony PSP lets you take all your digital entertainment on the road. It's a portable entertainment center with MP3 and MP4 Download and play capabilities. This portable has a built-in, bright, high-resolution 4.3 inch (diagonal) Color TFT LCD widescreen (for 16 - 9 perspective), built-in Stereo speakers, and amazing connectivity. With an Integrated 802.11b WiFi processor, you can share your online games over wireless networks (where available). A number of exclusive games and ovies are availa
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Label: Sony
Manufacturer: Sony
Model: PSP 1001/98509
Platform: Sony PSP
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: 2006-09-19
Studio: Sony

Features
The Sony PSP lets you take all your digital entertainment on the road. It's a portable entertainment center with MP3 and MP4 Download and play capabilities. This portable has a built-in, bright, high-resolution 4.3 inch (diagonal) Color TFT LCD widescreen (for 16 - 9 perspective), built-in Stereo speakers, and amazing connectivity. With an Integrated 802.11b WiFi processor, you can share your online games over wireless networks (where available). A number of exclusive games and ovies are availa
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Also includes a UMD movie, Lords Of Dogtown and a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo.

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Editorial Reviews:

The PSP Entertainment Pack delivers the very best in portable digital entertainment, showing you just what your PSP is capable of accomplishing. It includes all the accessories you need to get the most out ofthis impressive personal gaming system.


Spotlight customer reviews:

Customer Rating: Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5
Summary: UMD drive problems
Comment: The UMD drive stopped working in a year and one month after I bought it for my son, of course it broke after the warranty period. Sony customer support hung up on me when I told them about the problem, I called again and they told me to send $89 along with the PSP so they could send me a refurbished unit! I spent $249, not a great deal considering that the crappy unit broke so soon. On the other hand our Nintendo DS has been rocking for 3 years!

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Summary: All i can say is DUH!!!
Comment: dude, you are lacking friends LMAO. you would be in another world you say the nintendo is better than the psp. OMG where are you on this planet earth? yea it has been out for many yrs the nin dc. but come on my bro has it and my psp EATS it. come on man.

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Summary: Sony Does It Again
Comment: A powerhouse of a portable system, the PSP is the most capable of all portable handhelds to date. The Xross Media Bar is second-notch when it comes to organization, I prefer the Xbox 360 blade system personally.

Games: This is one of the few points where the PSP falls short. The selection of games is lackluster at best. There are a few good games (like GTA: Vice City Stories or Need for Speed), but the rest I'd probably find boring or not really all that interesting. The PSP is more capable in this regard (custom firmware), but a lot of the stuff that custom firmware used to have is now being dished out by Sony. With the custom firmware, you can emulate DS games, but prepare for it to slow down.

Photo: Pictures look absolutely stunning on this thing. HDR looks the best (understandably), but a bunch of stills and backgrounds I found on the internet look freaking amazing on this thing.

Music: Another thing that the PSP falls short on. I'm a picky person when it comes to this. The sound quality is decent when you plug this thing into a set of external speakers, but volume falls short. I don't use AVLS (the option that sets a limit on how high you can turn it up) and it still turns up quiet. The sound quality out of the little speakers is not good at all (they boosted the quality in the Slim model by moving the speakers responsible for treble near the top, but still).

Video: I haven't watched UMD movies on this thing, but by judging some home-made PSP tutorials that I watched, professional video would look amazing on this. Too bad the sounds not all that great, but I usually manage.

Networking: Here's where the PSP shines. Networking on this thing is amazing, with firmware updates you browse the internet, stream internet radio using Shoutcast, and even use Skype (with the newest firmware). You can check Sony's servers for updates through the "Network Update" function on the top of the Settings menu. Of course, you have to be in a WiFi zone, but those are popping up everywhere now. With some games, you can play multiplayer online (Socom comes to mind), and with all multiplayer games, you can link PSPs to smash the heck out of some n00bs, through Ad-Hoc mode.

All in all, a good portable developed by Sony.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: So Much Potential...
Comment: Technology wise, the PSP is a wonder to behold. It's fantastic in that it can play movies, MP3s and go online, but for the hardcore gamer, this system misses the most important aspects: A great library of games. Is the PSP good? Certainly it is, but can it stack up for gamers in terms of what's important? That can be questionable.

Let's take a look at what the PSP can do, shall we? The most obvious thing, of course, is the screen itself. The horizontal layout works much better than the vertical layout in the handheld market. People with big hands have it easier with a horizontal layout than a vertical. In a way, it feels like holding a PS2 controller. The only major difference is there's a screen in the middle. The great thing about that screen is the quality is fantastic. Images show up clear and colorful. Not only do these images show up very well, but the screen is widescreen.

The Widescreen is perfect for viewing movies on your PSP. Say you don't want a portable DVD player, you can use your PSP instead, and it works just as well as a portable DVD player. Long road trip? You can view a UMD movie on the way.

Even better with the PSP's technology is how the games look. They're powerful. Almost like carrying around a PS2 in your pocket. It isn't quite as powerful as a PS2, but it is certainly more powerful than the Nintendo DS in that regard. You also don't have to keep your eye on two screens at a time, which some might find to be a plus for the PSP.

The PSP can also play MP3s. This is really nice for those who don't have an MP3 Player or an iPod or something like that. You can plug in your head phones and trump around with your PSP as if it were some kind of CD Player or iPod.

Yet, with all this stuff, the PSP is still not up to snub with the Nintendo DS. This shouldn't be. It's more technologically advanced than the DS! It's like carrying around an entire entertainment center in your pocket. Yet it's still got some of the same problems it's had for over a year.

For one thing--as so many have pointed out--to get started with the PSP cost a lot of money. First you've got to buy the system itself. Then you've got to get a decent memory stick and then you need a game to get started (50 dollars). This is speaking to the hardcore gamers, of course. To get things off the ground for your PSP it will cost you.

The PSP's UMD format isn't as fantastic as a DVD either. It's sad to say, but it isn't. UMD's don't sell very well anyway, and most major studios are considering putting a halt to producing for the UMD format. They just don't sell as well as DVD's. This might actually be because people also want special features which a UMD doesn't have. UMD's also cost more money. You might find a DVD on sale... but a UMD? Almost always thirty dollars when you go to the video store. No discount because the movie is a bestseller. Even worse, the PSP battery doesn't last that long anyway. So even if you take it on a road trip, you'll need a car charger in order to keep watching your movie (if it's a long movie). A decent portable DVD player actually cost less than the PSP itself.

As much as I like the ability for the system to play MP3s, I've already got an MP3 player, and I don't want to go through the hassle of transfering all my music. Not only that, but the PSP doesn't play songs while you play your game. If the PSP did that, I might be a little more excited about it's MP3 player capabilities. Also, you can't organize it the way you want. The MP3 player doesn't sort the music by artist, album, song or anything like that.

What hurts the PSP the most, however, is it's mediocre library of games. Any self-respecting gamer will buy a PSP more for the games than the bells and whistles. Gaming is all about the games, no matter what anyone says. If you've been gaming since before they became entertainment centers, it doesn't have to be said. The PSP strikes out in the gaming department. Most of its games are either on the PS2 (Tomb Raider Legends) or they're ports and re-releases (Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X). There are few good original titles (Daxter comes to mind), and even some of the original titles might not hold up entirely. GTA: Liberty City stories, for example, was ported to the PS2. If anyone were to try and convince you to get a PSP, they certainly wouldn't be able to do it if they're in it for the games. Most of the games on the PSP also have horrible load times. The games look really good, but there just aren't enough to go around. I'd rather play a good quality game than one that just "looks cool."

When I buy a system, I'm not concerned about the bells and whistles. I don't travel a lot, I've already got 10 DVD players (if you include my gaming systems and computers), and music up the wazoo. So my reason for getting a PSP was only for the games. Yet the library is severely limited.

The PSP is a brilliant system, yet for what it's worth, it's lack of games will make your average gamer want to wait a while. Until then, I wouldn't suggest a PSP just yet. The system is fantastic, but at the moment: still not worthwhile.

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Summary: Great Handheld
Comment: I have had my PSP for 4 months now and play it for 2-3 hours daily. Great syatem with very few if any problems. Only one recomendation, buy a protective cover for the screen or the entire system. The system is very durable but some scratches can not be prevented without a protective cover. They are cheap ($15) Buy one, you will not be dissapointed.


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