I've heard tons of hype about the Sony PSP. It still seems a bit pricey. I paid less than $199 for my Playstation 2 console. The PSP is still selling for $80 more. I know about the complaints: "the buttons are too close to the screen," "the pixels keep burning out slowly," "the UMD should have been replaced by a Mini DVD." My question is: do you think the current PSP is worth the $300? Suppose Sony produced a PSP in 9 months that is much better and resolves all the problems the current version has and the price is also $300? Would you feel regret, neutral or a bit relieved? Do you think the PSP is overrated? In what ways have the PSP failed to live up to the hype it gets? What would you change?
What would I change?
- replace the format with Mini DVD
Why? Sony is just using their own format to prevent cross compatibility. It's a bit silly. Digital cameras come in different formats. They should have compromised at least: give a choice of either UMD or Mini DVD if possible.
- allow for interchangeable faceplates like the Nokia phone
Why? If it's true that the finish attracts fingerprints like a magnet, maybe allowing for different finishes on faceplates will help solve this
- just use SD cards
Why? Memory Sticks always are among the priciest format out there. The Memory Stick Duo is almost always more expensive than even the regular Memory Stick. Secure Digital sells for almost half the price online. When you need memory, the last thing you need is to spend more money after losing $290 to get the PSP.
- make it possible to alter the interface on the home screen
Why? Although I do not want the PSP to replace my cell phone, it should at least have features that cell phones already have. It would be cool to have screen savers and customizable icons on the screen with the ability to alter how the buttons operate. Or they could include a world clock with a map of the world where you can show different time zones in different color backgrounds with customizable alarms. There are already such features on some cell phones today.
- put some metal in the drive door
Why? The current one is quite flimsy and I fear that it'll break in a year no matter how careful you are.
- replace the screen with something better
Why? Users comment quite often how difficult it is to protect the screen. You could probably scratch it with your thumbnails while playing. Overall, it seems too fragile to be used when walking around.
- give it recording capabilities
Why? It just seems a bit out of control to spend $300 on something just to play games. I'd like to be able to use it like a TiVo recorder to backup a personal DVD to either a Mini DVD or UMD with compression or save it to a memory stick. I bet Sony would have a whallop of a Game Boy killer if it could do that.
Any others? I still am not going to get the current version because I have the patience. I am going to wait until version 2 comes out and then, after the second one takes a price drop, I'll see which is better. If the first version takes a steep price drop, I might consider getting it. The thing that worries me is that the next version will be built in such a way that it'll be impossible to alter anything internally. With all those complaints about the current platform, I'm afraid that there will be several small but still very annoying problems internally and I'm sure that someone will be enraged to discover a new problem that cannot be fixed on version 2 but not on version 1. That's why I'm still worried about whether to wait for the next version.