Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Sony PSP is NOT a game console.

Oh all right, PSP does stand for PlayStation Portable - and it does play games extremely well, but my point is it is wrongly marketed.

Let me talk about the latest trend in MP3 players. Yes I have already sung Apple's praises in another article, but their iPod really has created a market for high capacity music players. As competition increases where is the iPod progressing to keep ahead of the competition? A nice colour screen and photo and video capability are where it has moved.

Enter the PSP.

I am aiming this article at PSP virgins. The main menu on the PSP, assuming you have never seen one in the flesh, contains submenus for Photos, Music, Videos, Game and Network in that order.

The first time I saw a PSP in HMV the quality of the screen and graphics took my breath away. Everytime I pick my PSP up and switch it on I still smile as it comes to life and shows the title screen.

To cut to my point, the PSP is too good to be classed as a games machine. Buy a reasonable size memory card (1Gb Memory Stick Duos are now about £17) and install a few movies on it and this is the perfect machine for watching videos 'on-the-go'. It is designed to be held with two hands, the screen is 16:9 ratio and the size, contrast, brightness and quality are all perfect.

If you havn't held and seen one yet, and you have an MP3 player and would use movies on the go, don't buy anything until you've seen the PSP. In case you need any more evidence to support my argument, most chart movies are available on the native PSP media, the UMD!

Update: Location-Free player is now for sale in the UK. Plug this into the back of your tele then connect your PSP to it anywhere you can access wireless broadband. Viola live TV on a PSP. Sky have also told me personally, but unofficially, they are looking to embrace the PSP and bring Sky to more people in more places.

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