The Verdict is In: Buy a New PSP or Wait?

July 17, 2007 at 3:28 pm 7 comments

Yes, I know. The PSPslim looks enticing. But here goes our true verdict. After weighing all the features: should you buy a new PSP or wait?

At E3 this year, SONY proved that they were listening. As little as they proved this, they actually did. The new PSP doesn’t particularly have a name: Kaz Hirai called it an ‘enhanced’ vert, bloggers have coined the term ‘PSPslim’, and SONY’s press releases simply refer to it as a redesigned version. Whatever you call it, it is a good improvement, but does it warrant a purchase?

The major hardware change is reflected in the ‘slim’ moniker: 33% lighter and 19% slimmer. What this means is a major contrast between the original version. And while the PSP is a rather fragile device because of its enormous screen and open design, the lightness and slimmer design possibly makes it even more portable than before. I can fit my PSP in my pocket already, but the slimmed down version will make it easier and prevent the bulge. This change might not affect the average PSP gamer, but it is a clear and distinct one: it shows that SONY was listening to the critics’ complaints about the original PSP.

The major software change is the addition of ‘video out’ technology; finally, PSP owners can attach a few cords and push a few buttons and see their photos and videos come to life on their large flat screen televisions. Many people were a bit pissed off about the UMD format and digital movies: they love to watch them on the small screen when on trains or planes, but they like the comfort and size of full screen movies while at home. Now, this is finally achieved. The big movie buff will enjoy this: the UMD format is still much cheaper than the DVD format, and you can watch it in two ways. At the same time, this ain’t so monumental because UMD formats cannot be rented. The majority of movie watchers watch rentals instead of purchasing; if SONY was to partner with Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, or even smaller rental stores, they could finally make an impact on UMD sales.

The other changes are smaller, but they help to fix the small inconveniences that so many PSP owners and critics had. For one, the Wi-Fi slot has moved to the top, the memory stick slot has moved up a bit and has a new design, there are no more infrared ports, the buttons are sturdier, a new UMD door is more simple, the battery pack is different and lasts longer, and more RAM has been added in order to speed up loading times and keep games running smoothly. All of these new features and capabilities allow for the PSP to do everything it usually does without you having any more problems.

New colors and a new pricing scheme are well accepted too–regular ‘piano’ black, Ice Silver, and the Star Wars special edition make this slimmer and lighter PSP look sexier in appeal. These new colors are welcome additions to the PSP family, but a new pricing scheme finally makes it competitive. SONY downed the price of the Core version to simply $169.99 this year following pressure from retailers, but will keep the slimmer, piano black PSP at that price. Daxter will be part of an entertainment package including the Ice Silver PSP, which will retail with a 1GB memory stick and Family Guy- The Freakin’ Sweet Collection. By bundling the PSP with three every important accessories, SONY is really showing off its capabilities. The package will retail at $199, which is quite some savings. A special Star Wars edition will bundle the exclusive edition with a special Ceramic White Darth Vader PSP, all adding to the line of PSPs. These changes are very commendable.

These changes, new colors, new pricing schemes, and new monikers are all great, but the truth is that we’re still missing major hardware and software components. We wished that SONY would’ve included a built-in camera and GPS peripheral (and possibly even a digital TV signal for Japanese PSP owners) so that PSP owners wouldn’t have to carry around peripherals. But, the main reason we wanted a new PSP was for the sake of storage. Despite lower prices for memory sticks, we still need that lovely 4GB or 8GB flash drive to store gobs and gobs of movies, photos, podcasts, vodcasts, game demos, and portals.

So, the verdict: Should you buy a new PSP or Wait?

Knowing what I know now, I would say hold off a bit. The new PSP looks sexy and has some appealing features, but it still doesn’t warrant a purchase. Unless you’re a serious movie buff, there aren’t many features that will jump out at you and make it worthwhile, particularly the missing flash drive we were all hoping for. New PSP buyers will enjoy slimmed down editions, but current owners will feel a bit disappointed, unless they’re all about looks.

It’s at a great price, but hold off for the next-generation PSP. You’ll reward yourself later. 🙂



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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joystiq Interview Reveals New PSP Ambitions «  |  July 23, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    […] much as I’d love to say that SONY is seriously committed to the PSP thanks to a recent redesign and a hot list of upcoming games, I still must say that we haven’t seen the “killer […]

  • 2. shadow  |  October 4, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    the psp looks the same the only thing you can do diffrent is connect it to the tv to watch videos and fotos

  • 3. abstinence man  |  July 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    well,i think that if you want to get a good portable gaming system buy it.i’m not really commenting on the new one but it really is a good is way better than the gba,thats for sure.

  • 4. foil creature 54  |  July 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Buy it no regrets!! Really.

  • 5. wierd157  |  July 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Seeing what you guys think i guess it is a good purchase.Buy the new psp

  • 6. trickster  |  July 20, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    i got you all.i am a fake person i am just a psp fan playing you guys.the decision is inside of you.

  • 7. trickster  |  July 20, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I made up all the comments on July 20 2008.But I really wish there was a portable xbox.The decision is inside of your coin.Heads buy it tails dont.Be fair to the coin.Also post your comments about what i did.I am checking.Farewell.



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