|Why I got rid of my PSP (an
objective perspective from a semi-fanboy):
1) Shoulder buttons stick, minor glitch, no biggie.
2) MemorySticks are absurdly expensive, no biggie again.
3) WiFi with WEP is finicky on my home connection, I can semi-deal with that.
4) Random out of the fucking blue and totally weird problems with playing games (e.g. Twisted Metal just completely shutting down the system when I went to save a game. Battery is fine, checked it after rebooting. The game just totally shut down the whole system. WTF?
5) Fucked up "hold" button, at one point on the second day that I bought the system the "hold" thing would NOT turn off. I even slid the slider all the way up and still nothing. The buttons wouldn't work but the D-Pad worked. Hold was COMPLETELY off and I even rebooted a couple of times. Ok, I fixed it somehow but that left a bad feeling in my gut.
6) The analog stick is a shitty design that, well, probably couldn't be done any other way.
7) The MemoryStick flap is shaky, I can always feel it jigling when holding the system.
8) The speakers suck total ass. (Nothing new from a portable perspective).
9) I just can't get used to staring at a small screen...Twisted Metal almost makes me car-sick!
10) Honestly, I have no time to just sit and waste time playing a portable gaming system...and playing action/intense games on something portable pretty much forces you to completely disregard the outside world...and I just don't see myself doning that. Spending $250 on something that I'll use maybe once a day (if that) for ~30-40 minutes is just not economical...
11) The glare is unbeleivable.
12) The UMD slot/door is shaky and seems like a great place for a major malfunction.
13) The shiny black surface of the PSP is grease/finger-print heaven. Black is NOT beautiful anymore.
14) Sometimes in the main menu when you go to "game" the UMD isn't there to be selected! I have to eject it and reinsert it...and even then I get "The disc could not be read" errors...haha could be just my stupid ass unit.
15) Overall the system doesn't feel solidly made.
I'll admit it, I got the PSP because of the hype (I almost fell for that with the DS...but kept away). Sony had me hooked on the PS2; so when Sony flapped her eyelashes at me with the prospect of a PlayStationPortable I threw my jacket over the puddle and signed the deed to my soul. That bitch. I'm just afraid to see what will happen to an optical-based portable system. There is one upside though (that I haven't fully tested). Sharing discs, take one disc load the level (say in Twisted Metal) then eject it (say no to Quitting game) and pass it to a friend to load..heh. Oh well, it was fun. Back to reality.