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#41 of 119 OFFLINE   David Galindo

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Posted February 04 2005 - 01:31 PM

It says in the PSP manual: "Charging the battery will drain it out eventually. Be sure to only charge when empty." So it will die in a year or so, probably sooner. Eh, I was expecting that anyways.

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Posted February 06 2005 - 03:28 PM

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#43 of 119 OFFLINE   Ken Chui

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Posted February 07 2005 - 09:43 AM

Does anyone know whether the external battery pack is Li-ION or NiMH-based? The 'charging when empty' recommendation would lead me to believe that it's a NiMH battery (it appears to suffer from memory effect). Even if it is, either battery type should be good for 500-1000 recharges during their respective lifespans, i.e. between 2-5 years of use. Sony should offer a battery with a higher mAh rating, preferably 2200+. After all, the PSP is a high-drain device not unlike a digital camera. Electro Source/Pelican is planning to release a battery and charger of its own for about $10 less than the official Sony product; might be worth keeping an eye on.


#44 of 119 OFFLINE   Ken Chui

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Posted February 07 2005 - 10:01 AM

Looks like Hot Shots Golf won't be a launch title; needless to say, I'm extremely disappointed. Posted Image Not sure what launch title(s) I'll opt for in its place (Tiger Woods PGA Tour is not a viable option for me).

#45 of 119 OFFLINE   Ken Chui

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Posted February 13 2005 - 09:16 AM

Four movies are slated for release on the PSP on April 19 (excluding Spider-Man 2, which is bundled with the Value Pack); they include xXx, Hellboy, Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse and Once Upon A Time In Mexico (some form of interactivity is being planned with the Robert Rodriguez-directed film). The MSRP has not been announced.

#46 of 119 OFFLINE   Dave E H

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Posted February 13 2005 - 04:08 PM

After buying the Xbox, GBA and GBA SP on launch days, I'm sitting this one out. None of the games appeal to me. Most likely, there will be a shortage and a surplus of these units going on eBay, but the launch games are kind of weak. If GTA was out on launch day, I'd get it. I'd rather not have 1-2 mediocre games foisted on to me with these bundles. Anyone NOT selling these w/ a bundle?

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Posted February 13 2005 - 11:55 PM

I put a $20 deposit down on a PSP about a month ago at a local EB. It was before the official launch date was announced. I went in there to ask If I could reserve the (3) games and accessory that went along with the bundle and they told me that they wern't doing that in store. It seems it's a bundle only thru the website. Anyone else confirm this? Randy
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Posted February 14 2005 - 02:07 AM

My EB isnt forcing the bundle, at least not yet. And there are a good ammount of accessories coming day one. I had a customer come in with an import unit, and my god people, the screen on this thing.
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#49 of 119 OFFLINE   Dave E H

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Posted February 14 2005 - 03:21 AM

Any place online that is offering _just_ the unit?

#50 of 119 OFFLINE   Ken Chui

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Posted February 18 2005 - 10:09 AM

The base unit will be available in November 2005 for the Christmas rush; until then, if you want one, the Value Pack is your only option. No surprise: movies on UMD discs will carry an MSRP of $19.95, i.e. in line with their DVD counterparts.


#51 of 119 OFFLINE   Doug Miller

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Posted February 19 2005 - 04:42 AM

I'm really thinking about getting one of these. The funny thing is, I never use my PS2 anymore. Being a sports guy, I just play everything on my XBox that's with the big screen. The PS2 has been pushed upstairs to husband-land and doesn't see a lot of use.

I fly a few places a year, so it would be great for travel, but other than that I don't know how much I'd use it. I think I want it because it just looks so damn cool! Posted Image

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Posted February 22 2005 - 06:04 PM

I got mine on Monday. Damn, this is a fine looking unit. I think the DS crowd doesn't understand what Sony's possible intentions are with this unit. I mean, what DOESN'T it do?

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#53 of 119 OFFLINE   Scott L

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Posted February 22 2005 - 07:12 PM

woohoooo thanks mike that thing looks delicious! Posted Image_Posted Image

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Posted February 23 2005 - 01:04 AM

The pics don't do it justice. I have yet to find pics official or otherwise that truly show this thing off. I really think that Sony has a winner on their hands with this. I mean, yes it IS a portable gaming system, but it's also a multimedia system with a screen that's just perfect for its size. Why NOT converge the two together? And for $250 for the Value Pack, well, how can you go wrong? All the tools to convert movies to the PSP format are out there and free. It uses MP3s. It shows JPEGs. So what's not to like about it? Mike

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Posted February 23 2005 - 07:48 AM

Nice pics, Mike - I'm jealous. Posted Image They help in reaffirming my decision to pre-order one; I'm going to pay the remaining balance to ensure that I secure one come next month. Did you get any accessories for it?

I read that Sony is working on a number of PDA, office and online applications (including e-mail client and web browser), and supposedly an application for receiving television broadcasts via an internet connection (article link). Like Mike, I wonder if there's anything the PSP isn't capable of?


#56 of 119 OFFLINE   Doug Miller

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Posted February 23 2005 - 05:43 PM

Mike -- Maybe you can be a little more specific about what it actually does. I mean, I take it that it will store MP3s on a memory stick so you can play music, but how much storage does it have? What else does it do besides look really, really cool (and play video games). Doug

#57 of 119 OFFLINE   Mike_G

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Posted February 24 2005 - 12:39 AM

What DOESN'T it do? Posted Image

How much you can fit depends on the Memory Stick Pro Duo you put in it. I bought a 512 MB stick for $65 from B&H. That's how I was able to fit Star Wars on it. There are 1GB sticks out there but VERY hard to find for roughly $99-$129 (and higher).

It will play MP3s and ATRAC files. Haven't tried WAV yet.

It will play MP4 movies that are encoded in a specific way. You can use ffmpegX (Mac) or 3GP Converter (Windows) to convert them.

It will play JPEGs in the Photo directory. You can organize them with folders.

Now, under the Game menu, you do have the option of running a game off the memory stick because the options are:

Game Sharing
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Saved Game

So the memory stick is a medium that you're able to run a game from.

You can apparently play games over the internet wirelessly. Gamespot.com lists 5 games having this capability.

THe two games I have - Lumiens and Ridge Racer - have wireless Ad Hoc head-to-head play. I haven't tried it yet since nobody else I know has a PSP.

The top of the unit has a USB mini port like you have on digital cameras. You can connect it to your Mac or PC and mount the memory stick directly that way.

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Posted February 24 2005 - 10:11 AM

Goddamnit Mike. I was deadset against the PSP. Saw some photos in a gaming mag that sealed its fate for me. Was finally caving into the iPod mania and thought I'd just be done with it and satisfy my gadgetitis for the year by picking up the latest 6gb iPod mini. Then I saw your real-world photos of the PSP. And my jaw dropped. Can I still buy this value pack?
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#59 of 119 OFFLINE   David Galindo

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Posted February 24 2005 - 11:24 AM

Heres a great place for all your PSP questions:

http://www.gamespot....ch05/index.html

#60 of 119 OFFLINE   Mike_G

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Posted February 24 2005 - 01:56 PM

Lik-Sang dropped the price on the Value Pack to $329 I think. The unit alone goes for $279. Mike




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