Sony PSP. PlayStation Portable. Most of you know about this pretty slick portable gaming system, but for those of you who haven’t tried it yet, it’s one of the coolest gadgets I’ve tried in a while. It’s more than just a portable video game console.
It connects to your wireless network to provide you with Internet browsing (a little awkward, but it works).
It plays UMD movies (you have to purchase the movies, and they can run a little expensive, but I would expect the price to drop as the format becomes more popular).
It shows digital photos and other files downloaded from your computer via the 802.11b (WiFi) connection, Sony’s MemoryStick or a USB 2.0 cable. These files include the new mp4 AVC format (also known at H.264), mp4 audio (AAC), mp3, wav or ATRAC3 files.
All this available on a 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD display, with a resolution of 480x272 pixels, capable of displaying up to 16.77 million colors.
Paired with a 333Mhz PSP CPU, it’s no slouch when it comes to games or video. The parts of movies I watched looked amazing, as did the graphics in the games. I could not believe my eyes as they widened with amazement, remembering my old Nintendo GameBoy playing Tetris. I thought I was in my glory back then, but it doesn’t even begin to compare.
The PSP has the ability to wirelessly connect to other PSP’s and also to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3. With the PS3 it will be able to act like a controller and possibly display extra information on it’s screen.
After exploring into the systems menus, the graphics reminded me of Apple’s OS X interface somewhat. Very clean and modern. The menus took a second to figure out exactly how they worked, but once I got the hang of it, it made perfect sense.
I then decided to try out a game — 989 Sports MLB (Major League Baseball). The controls on the game system are easy to use and seem ergonomic. The buttons are very similar to many of Sony’s other game systems, so it’s easy to play. The PSP even includes an analog stick, a must for many of today’s games. While I admit I’m no big baseball fan, and haven’t played a baseball game since the days of Nintendo Entertainment System (remember those?), I found it easy enough to just play around and figure out how to play the game.
I was so amazed with the graphics quality on this little game system, I’ve since decided I’ve got to get one of these. If you’re any kind of gamer, and want to be able to play on the go, or anywhere you please, this is is a must have item.
Of course there are also the added bonus’s of being able to watch movies anywhere you like, listen to music and browse the Internet at your favorite WiFi hotspot. How cool is that?