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Old 27-11-2008, 14:01   #1
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Does the PSP have a future?

I'm a disgruntled owner of a Sony PSP, and I'm wondering whether it's got any sort of discernable future in gaming?

What does everyone think?
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Old 27-11-2008, 14:04   #2
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no.

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Old 27-11-2008, 14:12   #3
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It will continue to play my SNES games well into the future...so yes.
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Old 27-11-2008, 14:15   #4
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It will continue to play my SNES games well into the future...so yes.
I'll add mega drive to the list, since getting those 2 running I've not played much on my PS3 and enjoying the delight of Shining forces 2 and a link to the past.... Good times.
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Old 27-11-2008, 14:20   #5
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It does for me. Just got a new Lego game to play on the move. Have to get Loco Roco 2 and am looking forward to more of those quirky games I can play for ages on the move.

Interesting releases are not that frequent. But then again, I have more PSP than DS games and I still play and enjoy games like Jeanne D'Arc. Some of the output on the PSP is really excellent.

That being said, it doesn't feel like it's supported as well as the DS is. But it depends on what your expectations are, I guess.

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Old 27-11-2008, 14:34   #6
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I don't regret my PSP purchase (on import prior to UK release), but the decent releases have been few and far between.... It's a good machine, don't understand why the support for it has been so low..... Can see the PS3 going the same way - good hardware, but people only interested in using it for Bluray.
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Old 27-11-2008, 14:58   #7
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Sales of PSP hardware have been good, around 41m units now, with over 300k last month worldwide. By any another measure, than the DS monster sales of 80m+ that is, it's been very successful. Software sales significantly less so. Which is a shame as it's had some good releases this year:

God of War: Chains of Olympus, Patapon, Beats are a couple of purchases of mine this year (excluding older gems like Puzzle Quest), with Loco Roco 2 & Super Stardust still to come. There's Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and some decent turn based strategy titles too. In contrast my DS has only been used this year for Geometry Wars: Galaxies in Jan/Feb & Professor Layton more recently.

I'm sure Sony will stick with it. In fact, they & developers gradually seem to be moving towards Digital Distribution for it. And I like the fact that I can play PixelJunk Monsters in bed. All in all this sort of thread crops up a couple of times a year, and i'm not saying it's not warranted but it still survives:

http://kotaku.com/5099551/are-sony-a...lding-the-psp2

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Old 27-11-2008, 15:13   #8
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well they shot themselves in the foot with a few problems imho. The stupid umd's. The fact that a lot of the games don't necessarily lend themselves to being played mobile, ie conversions of games that are much more pleasurable to play on the big screen, and the fact the fact that whilst it is mobile, the battery life and size/fragility of the unit make it a portable-but-must-be-protected type thing, whereas the ds is a chuck in turn on, play, turn off type of thing.

Most people I know with psp's very rarely take them out or use them on the move, they tend to play them when their missus is watch corrie or something.
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Old 27-11-2008, 15:23   #9
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Mine is simply in my jacket pocket when I go out.

And some of the big screen games they adapted where adapted in a clever and fun way for a portable. the best example being the Metal gear Acid series, IMHO. But you are right that that's not necessarily the rule.

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Old 27-11-2008, 15:33   #10
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like i say, the whole play tv thing where you can watch tv away from the home ala slingbox is fab. I think it's a console with an identity crisis not really sure what it is or what it wants to be
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Old 27-11-2008, 17:02   #11
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I mainly use mine for watching movies whilst on trips to and from London. I tend to use it more than my DS.
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Old 27-11-2008, 18:19   #12
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I use it mostly for movies too...inbetween marathon sessions of Everybody's Golf
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Old 27-11-2008, 18:22   #13
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I believe Sony's going to give 3rd part psp development a major push next year. Even Gran Turismo's back on the cards (and Little big planet.)
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Old 27-11-2008, 19:47   #14
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I've said it before and I'll say it again.......with a HDD instead of the U(seless)MD and a bigger capacity battery it would have been a world beater.

Lik Sang would have sold em by the bucket load........
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Old 27-11-2008, 21:35   #15
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Still use mine quite a lot. Downloaded 2 games last night from the new Playstation store. Wish you could download more PSP full games instead of demos but maybe its a size problem.

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Old 27-11-2008, 21:45   #16
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MIne is soley used for watching videos of TV series during my 1 hour commute to and from work
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Super Stardust PSP is released soon though
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Well, I've just bought one and although I intially got stung with the terrible 3000 series, I'm happy with my slim and coming in now, seem to have too much choice for games.

Currently I own Jeanne D'arc, FF Tactics, Patapon, Lumines, Burnout Legends, Daxter, GOW and a few more and I've only played Jeanne, Lumines and Patapon - and still feel like there's not enough time in the world!

I'm very pleased with it as a media device, which is why I bought it. But like the PS3 (I'm not a PS fan) I bought it for media and got sucked into the games!
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Super Stardust PSP is released soon though
It's already out. It was released on the PSN store on Tuesday for around Ł6.50.

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I've still got my 1003 psp ... it's always run with "good" firmware.
Although it doesn't get used much it still has it's place in my life.

All my "toys" have their place for gaming/music/movies.

At home - PCs + x360 do all three
On 1 hour train journeys - N95, usually just Midnight Pool
On longer train journeys or when my work requires an overnight stay away - it's usually the PSP for all three
3-4 days away - Laptop with USB freeview, usually plugged into the hotel/b&b's telly to get more than 4 channels! The PSP ain't far away for a bit of gaming.

For me the PSP is a keeper, it's far from dead.

The screen size and battery life alone make it far more convinient and preferable than my mobile or laptop when on my travels.

The PSP serves my needs better than a DS too.... In fact my DS isn't mine anymore! It's been stolen by Mrs Maddy and not allowed out the house!
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