Sony Computer Entertainment's Playstation Portable.
Designed as a multimedia device, it is one of the most powerful
platforms available on the market. Well developed games boast near PS2-quality in graphics and sound, and gameplay is varied and entertaining. Supports MP4 and Mp3 video and audio formats, and displays
JPEGs, GIFs, and TIIF files. Recent firmware updates allowed the use of a full web browser that
uses the internal
wireless ethernet card to run off of a 802.11b network. Often criticized to be fragile
or plagued by low battery life. However, when running
screen brightness and volume settings, underclocked processor, battery life is well within nominal parameters. Obviously, running
with the volume and brightness maximized
and the wireless card active will drain battery life much quicker, but it isn't nearly as bad as many authors have made it out to be. The real strength
lies in the PSP's homebrew potential. While constantly policed by Sony in the form of prohibitive firmware updates, extremely bright
and resourceful hackers such
as Dark_Alex and Booster were/are able to thwart Sony's efforts. Homebrew allows one to run nonstandard
programs ranging form custom firmwares that
allow the psp to be used at its full potential, to hardware
emulators allowing people
to play SNES, and other older consoles. Homebrew allows people
to really innovate
and it shows what people
can do when presented a powerful
resource. PSP games can be extremely fun and innovative. Games such
as Lumines or Loco Roco push
the limits of what people
can imagine, and others like Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops push
in terms of graphics and playability. The PSP proves that
innovation doesn't need a gimmick.
The PSP is the maligned creation of Sony.
I bought a PSP for 250 USD. It was worth every
cent of it.
Prima: *Playing his PSP*
Secunda: "Hey that's pretty
cool, those graphics look almost
as if they were on a console!"
Prima: "Yeah, but it's not just graphics. I can do many things all in one package. Then with
of extremely talented
crackers and programmers, I can do much more!"
Tertia: "OMG!11 YUOR PSP SUXX0RZ!11 IT HAS NO BATTERY
LIFE! LOL DISC READ ERROR!11 I'm going to go play a bad port of a N64 game. LOL, INNOVATIV!"