Sony's handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Portable. Unfairly put on the same playing field as the Nintendo DS.

The PSP is a fairly good, albeit expensive, portable gaming system. The graphics quality is quite good, the LCD screen is simply beautiful and the games are getting better.

Huge LCD screen
Great games coming out
Adaptablity -it can play music, you can watch videos, play games, get RSS feeds, connect to any wireless hotspot, and more-
Feels solid without being heavy
Pretty much idiotproof.

Battery life can be a bit irritating at times; having the battery die while you are, say, in the car driving through Montana at 4 in the morning is most unappreciated. The battery lasts about 3-6 hours depending on the graphics of the game; however the battery life can be significantly lengthened by lowering the sound.

According to many people, it scratches easily although I've had mine since launch and only have one scratch.

It requires more care than many people want to give it: it must be kept in its case while not played, screen protectors are a necessity lest the beautiful field of LCD goodness be marred, it absolutely must not be dropped, etc.

The analog nub is placed the best it could be, but for those of us with longer fingers it gets a bit painful after a while.

The PSP is often unfairly compared to the Nintendo DS. The PSP is intended to deliver a wide range of services moderately well to an older audience, whereas the DS can be given to an average 5-year old and survive. The PSP is a more sophisticated, precise piece of hardware and also had to come out on the market earlier than SONY would have liked due to pressures for the release. The PSP is SONY's first handheld system and is pretty damn good all things considered. What killed its potential as an even-field competitor to the DS was pricing, but in the end it's worth it.

People often put unfair demands on their PSP; it is not intended to replace your laptop, mp3 player, DVD player or whatever other gaming systems you have at home. I use my PSP to play music and it does that fine. The layout isn't ideal for an mp3 player, but it works.

There is an odd quality to many DS vs PSP debates in that someone is either the hugest fan or despises the console with all their heart. One either composes romantic haiku for the PSP or sneaks up in the dead of night with a beaker of poison. One is either engaged to their DS, or would like to see the lot of them thrown in to a pit of scalding vegetable oil. Few people can see the middle ground.


by Dr. Moreau May 08, 2006
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1. PlayStation Portable: Sony's Handheld PlayStatio-*battery dies*
Hey, wanna play PSP? *disc read error* *UMD flies out*
by hi December 28, 2004
Stands for PlayStation Portable, Sony's handheld video-game device. Released in Japan in December 2004 and March 2005 in the USA.
That kid is playing his PSP
by Damian March 27, 2005
All of you are wrong. It stands for Pretty Small Penis.
WOW, Jake has a PSP. And did you really play it??? Thats gross!!!
by Jenna Lover April 30, 2005
A promising handheld manufactured by Sony which has fallen relatively short of expectations, due to numerous fundamental flaws and a lacklustre games catalogue. Beyond the slick, glossy look and expansive but half-baked media capabilities, lies a surface which attracts finger oils like an oxy pad and demands more care than a mentally-deficient infant, poor memory options with the outrageously expensive 'memory duo stick', a piss-poor battery life, which despite being dependent on how graphically intensive a game is, is still unacceptably low, and a software catalogue which comprises of a plethora of ports and rehashes.

Regardless, it has phenomenal technical capabilities and better titles are further down the line, such as Exit.

One of its trademark symbols is reflective of its functions, which include pictures, movies, music and most importantly, games. In addition, it has its own web browser and frequent firmware updates add various new features, such as support for different file formats.
Open-minded gamer: It's difficult for me to say a whole lot of positive things about the PSP at this moment in time, but eventually Sony will iron out these first-generation flaws and we'll see a better range of games.
by Reju January 03, 2006
Both sony and nintendo fans are acting ridiculous. Ds and psp are both wonderful systems, equally revolutionary in their own way, as well as they both have their own faults. Here we go:

Cost: The DS is an incredible low price as we would expect from Nintendo. Yes, the psp is expensive, but considering it has dvd capabilities and other functions, you cant expect it to cost as much as a DS.

Controls/size: Both of these systems were originally flawed in this category. The ds was bulky and fragile, but the newly released ds lite fixed these problems. As for the psps poor control and size...its Sonys first handheld, give them a break. And the low battery, why the hell would you play for 6 hours straight anyway??

Games: I AM SO FUCKING TIRED OF PEOPLE SAYING THE DS IS A KIDDY SYSTEM! It is indeed not, they are quality games, that were actually created with care and knowledge of what was going on. The graphics are revolutionary for a handheld. The psp has great games, and slightly better graphics, but graphics do not matter, gameplay does, so its a plus.

In conclusion: Both systems are revolutionary with their graphics, capability, and design. Neither one is better than the other, as their pros and cons even each other out. By bashing because of simple factors only shows you have nothing better to do
I prefer ds, but the psp is great as well.
Hey, I love the psp, but I think Ill give the ds a shot.
by gamecrititic June 19, 2006
short for playstation portable, it is a portable gaming system recently made by sony entertainment in an effort to sweep the legs of nintendo out from under them. at its release the psp said to play games, music, and movies on one system. initially the idea seemed good, but many people began to realize the fatal flaws that Sony had made, including it's proprietary UMD discs for games and movies, a short battery life, bad coding. but above all the biggest mistake for sony was that honestly all they had done recreate the laptop computer, which has done everything the PSP does for the last 3 years.
UMD's cost about the same as a DVD, but can only be used on the PSP, while the DVD can be used by anything with a dvd drive on it.
Sony released for mandatory firmware updates in the first six months to prevent hacking.
the best selling games for the playstation pointless have been racers or puzzle games.
by Condord4myt October 06, 2005
The Playstation Portable, a great system.
The PSP is a handheld game system developed by Sony. It can display excelent graphics, and the 1. generation of PSP games looks as good as the 1. generation of PS2 games.

Many Nintendo fanboys criticises the PSP because it has PS2 ports, low battery life, and because of it's price. The DS, however, has rehashes and ports of Mario Games, which can be played on Nintendo 64 and GC with better graphics, it does not have support for GPS, or Eye-Toy, and it can not play movies, nor MP3s. The PSP is also much, much more powerfull than the DS, and uses 1.8 GB UMDs, the DS uses memory sticks on maximum 64 MB. All this makes it more reasonably priced than the DS. Many Nintendo fanboys ignores this, since they can't find any arguments against it.

The PSP has exclusive games within well known, and classic franchises, such as GTA: LCS, GTA: VCS, Daxter, Tekken: DR, etc.

The PSP vs. DS debate, is more or less stupid, like all the other fanboy wars.
by Reodor Felgen October 17, 2006
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