In the last decade or two I’ve gone through lots of different handheld gadgets, from beta and test versions of the Nintendo Gameboy to various Palm models, and more cellphones than I want to count. I own two iPods too, one for audio books and one for music, and have another wave of peripherals for those, including a bunch of crummy radio transmitter devices, none of which work worth a darn.
But a few weeks ago I bought a Sony Playstation Portable device, more commonly known as a PSP, and only today did I get a chance to see what an amazing device it really is…
I flew from Denver to San Francisco this afternoon, 2 hours, and rather than read a book or magazine, I thought it would be fun to put the PSP through its paces. Before I left, I downloaded an album’s worth of MP3s and a stack of about 15 JPEG photos. I also brought with a brand new movie, XXX and my one token PSP game, Ridge Racer.
Between playing the amazing driving game, listening to some music, and watching about half of the DVD-quality XXX, all without even draining the battery charge after two hours, I was thoroughly impressed.
Toss in the fact that it speaks Wifi and that the next upgrade to the firmware, due “any day now”, will include a quite capable Web browser, and you have the makings of a killer device.
And I’m not the only one who think so: Sony says that they’ve sold over five million of them to date.
The only missing capability? Cellphone connectivity. But I won’t be surprised if that can be somehow grafted onto this remarkably sophisticated device within the next six months, along with a rollout keyboard.
The greatest challenge facing the Sony PSP? That it’s from Sony, and Sony lost their edge of ‘cool’ years ago.