The Duo's Take on Sony's PlayStation Portable

The Duo get their hands on the Sony PlayStation Portable, one of 2005's most eagerly anticipated devices. Does the thrill of discovery keep them from finding plenty to complain about? Does Steve Jobs swear by Windows XP?

Angela notes that not only does the PSP incorporate a lot of power and versatility into a case about the same size as that of the Nintendo DS, Sony's stuffed a ton of ambition in there, too. The unit is designed to play digital music, display photos, and play video and movies in addition to games. (Not your beloved PS2 games, though; they're not compatible with the new hardware.)

Steve agrees that there's a lot going on here, but comments that it's rather hard to evaluate the PSP when so little content is (at the time of taping) available for it. The Duo have fun with the anime-style golf game included when they saw the PSP, despite the game's all-Japanese interface. Steve displays a few pictures from a Memory Stick, but as he points out, he can play those back on his camera just as easily.

Angela, momentarily channeling the Fashion Police, has a beef with the body of the PSP itself. Grumbling that "shiny black is the new white," she roundly criticizes the unit for being extremely smudge-prone. (Indeed, within days of the PSP's launch there was a booming aftermarket of cases and skins designed to protect the devices.)

She also notes that the device has so many buttons that it's hard to pick it up without jostling something. Steve agrees and reminds us that in the end, it's content that'll make or break the most hotly anticipated device to debut in the Year of the Portables.


Steve: Waffle (that is, neither a SAVE nor a DELETE)

Angela: Waffle

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