| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
|Ease of use|
|Value for money|
The good: Light, slim enclosure; screen offers better color reproduction than that of earlier PSP models; improved AV output for video and game playback on TVs; built-in Skype with onboard microphone; retains all of the impressive media and online features of earlier PSP models; deep lineup of great game titles that offer better graphics than Nintendo DS games.
The bad: Despite improvements, problems and annoyances remain: screen exhibits noticeable jaggies and scanlines during high-motion video and gaming sequences; UMD load times still poky compared with DS games; screen isn't glare-free, and is still a magnet for fingerprints; Web browser and data input can be cumbersome; no built-in storage; subtle redesign missed the opportunity to add even more features.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Light, slim enclosure; screen offers better color reproduction than that of earlier PSP models; built-in Skype with onboard microphone; retains all of the impressive media and online features of earlier PSP models. Despite improvements, screen exhibits noticeable scanlines during high-motion gaming sequences; UMD load times still poky compared with DS games; no built-in storage. While there's probably not enough to get owners of previous the PSP to upgrade, newcomers will find the PSP 3000 to be a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Mostly awesome, but some annoying quirks.
I'll admit, I'm probably voicing my opinion a bit too soon. However, I've fiddled around with this quite a bit in that period, and for the most part, really like what I see.
From the beginning - the interface...it uses an interface that is basically the same as the PS3 (and, from what I've seen, all Sony Blu-Ray players). It's simple to navigate, allows for extensive customization, and looks really sharp.
It also has an internet browser which, once you get used to "typing" with one cursor, isn't half bad. It loads some pages outright, and other their mobile version. The difference, though - the screen is a lot bigger than my Blackberry, and a lot brighter. Hurrah! Additionally, once you're done with your internet, it shuts the wireless off, saving some of that precious battery juice.
I haven't really had the opportunity to check out the remote play function with the PS3, but look forward to that (and hooking up, via composite, the PSP to my television).
But, all of this is just fluff. To the point - the games.
It handles relatively well. It's not the most comfortable portable gaming system I've ever used, and the position of the left toggle doesn't really help. Playing while it's plugged in to the wall is also not simple. Once I found a comfortable position, however, it was relatively smooth sailing. I do like the comfort of the DS a bit more.
Also, it's loud. Annoyingly loud. "click, spin, click, spin". The problem with the media, I suppose. I can live with it, but I don't have to like it.
The media also leads to some load times that, while not unbearable, can be a bit annoying from time to time.
Those complaints aside, once the handling is figured out, it provides for a great experience. The graphics on the games can be really top notch, and the color and clarity of the screen is wonderful (and density allows for larger, more defined characters). I got mine with a protective case, which I would definitely recommend. Nintendo had it right on when they made the GBA and DS foldable. Even the PSP Go fails here, and it just seems too...fragile.
So, overall, a good piece of equipment. The game selection includes plenty of games that are not, and would not be able to be, supported by the DS. Factor in the internet connectivity, complete with browser (I don't know if the DSi has a browser), and I would say that the PSP is on par with the DS. They are two different machines, however, with different purposes and games. The new prices on the 3000 make it more affordable, and more or less worth it. Haven't downloaded and watched a movie yet, but I would venture a guess that the screen will provide a large enough, and clear enough, viewing area to enjoy, something the DS definitely lacks.
Good purchase, and I'm glad I made it!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
PSP 3000 is the way to go!
The recently released Sony PSP Slim 3000 has caused quite a controversy among new PSP owners who purchased their Sony PSP Slim 2000 units within the last few months. It has not even been a full year since Sony released the PSP Slim 2000, with its biggest feature being the ability to connect to a TV through AV output. Many are arguing that Sony's latest addition to its handheld family should not even be considered an upgrade of the current model. Let's take a deeper look into the features of the PSP 3000.
The 3000 was unveiled at the Leipzig gaming conference last week. The unit has the exact same dimensions as its counterpart, the Slim 2000. However, there were a few upgrades. Sony gave the PSP 3000 a new anti-glare screen, which is supposed to make playing the PSP while outside a bit more bearable. This new LCD screen also features a broader color palette than the older model, which accounts for a brighter, more vibrant picture. Along with this new screen, Sony added a built in microphone to the 3000, which will allow many people who have access to WiFi hotspots peppered through-out a large city to utilize the PSP as a phone-like device with the built in Skype software.
Along with these hardware improvements, the Slim 3000 also features a few cosmetic improvements as well. The 'HOME' button no longer exists, as it has been replaced by a PSN button. It functions exactly the same as the old button, but instead has the Playstation logo instead of the word 'HOME'. Also, the brushed aluminum ring which was featured on both the PSP Fat, as it has become known, and the PSP Slim has been replaced with a more polished and thinner chrome ring. The edges of the PSP 3000 have also been smoothed a bit so that it feels more comfortable while holding it in your hand.
Sony PSP 3000 will be available this October, featuring the colors Piano Black and Mystic Silver. All in all, if you're already a proud PSP 2000 Slim owner, you might want to skip this upgrade as the anti-glare screen is only a major upgrade if you find yourself playing a lot while outside. However, if you're looking to purchase a PSP, the 3000 is the way to go.
This item is available in my store at a reasonable price:
Rare color, red, blue, green yellow, dont miss it!
16 of 19 people found this review helpful.
Experience the game of basket ball like never before!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
ony PSP 3000 Black Console
Just like the Playstation 3, the PSP (Playstation Portable) has seen its share of hardware upgrades. The PSP 3000 is the third in the line of PSPs. Before I go further, if you already own a PSP 2000 or the original model, you may as well stick with it. The PSP 3000 offers minor technical improvements, but nothing worth putting another $130 into a system you already own.
If you’re new to the PSP, the best way to describe it is as a portable Playstation 2 (PS2). Many titles on the PSP look and play comparable to the PS2. With a TV adaptor, the PSP becomes an easier way to carry last generation quality where ever you go.
So, why get a PSP?
The PSP is the complete portable multimedia device. It plays back MP3, WMA, WAV, and a few other audio codecs. Your PSP can double as a music player while you’re on the go. Just load it up and take it on the road. If you like movies, the PSP supports MPeg4 and AvC codecs. I will say that it is not easy converting your movies in to a PSP format; however, it is easy to find freeware that will do it for you. With the new camera peripheral, the PSP can also take pictures. I do not recommend using this in place of a digital camera because the quality turns out similar to most cell phones. Sony added a web browser to the PSP to allow users to surf the internet when near a Wi-Fi hotspot. I have used the web browser enough to say that I prefer surfing the web with a touch screen device over navigating with the PSP’s analog stick.
Besides the content you can load on your PSP, Sony phased our their UMD (Universal Media Disc) movies. The original PSP boasted the UMD movie format as a premier portable option for video. Due to low sales, the UMD videos were discontinued. Sony now offers video content through the PSN(Playstation Network). Full length movies go for $14.99 while episodes of a TV show run $1.99 to $3.99. Downloadable video content is rendered in 720x480. The PSP’s resolution of 480x272 displays video content rather well. The videos are playable both on your PS3 and PSP which is a plus, but at 1.5GB per movie, an 8GB memory card will fill up rather quick.
Comic book fans can download the latest issues of their favorites on the PSN for $1.99 each. This feature was wasted on me, as I found the interface to be clumsy. To view a comic, you use the analog stick to navigate around what seemed to be a PDF image. I have not purchased any comics from PSN, but a few free downloads are out there. If Sony had offered the comics in more of a slide show fashion, this feature would have been more useful.
I doubt most people will purchase a PSP for the media center or comic book features, but more for the games. The PSP’s library is steadily growing. There are three types of PSP titles: the PSP Games, Minis, and PSOne games. PSP games are designed specifically for the PSP. Some PSP exclusive titles include Final Fantasy Dissidia, Fate Unlimited Codes, and Invizimals. Most of the PSP titles are revised versions of existing franchises like Army of Two: 40th Day, God of War: Chains of Olympus, and Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny.The benefit to PS3 owners is that most minis and all PSOne titles can be played on the PSP. This significantly increases the number of titles that can be played on a PSP. Classic PSOne titles available include the Resident Evil and Tekken
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.