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When it was released in 2004, the PSP was a portable with promise. Its large screen displayed near PS2-quality graphics, and gamers imagined a handheld that could bring console experiences on the road. Seven years later, we can look back on the system as neither a smash success or terrible failure. While it did possess more power than any portable in history, its game library was mostly unremarkable and its sales were trounced by the Nintendo DS. Let’s take a look back at some of the more notable talking points about Sony’s first handheld attempt.A New FormatSony tried hard to push PSP’s new format, the UMD (Universal Media Disc). These optical discs could hold up to 1.8 gigabytes of data, and could be used for games and movies. With Blu-Ray just around the corner, Sony pushed the idea of combo packs that contained both Blu-Ray and UMD versions of a film. While retailers initially stocked movies on UMD, poor sales led to Universal and Paramount dropping support for the format early on. By 2006, Wal-Mart stopped stocking UMDs. Other retailers followed until it was evident that the concept of UMD movies had completely crashed and burned.
Back To The Drawing BoardAs it became more evident that UMD was unpopular and downloadable games were on the rise, Sony began work on a new PSP model. Announced in 2009, the PSPgo featured no disc drive, 16 GB of internal memory, a sliding screen, and a significantly smaller frame than previous versions. It was met with mostly negative reactions, with many gamers complaining about its high cost ($249) and inability to play any PSP games they had previously purchased.
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I'm totally getting a NGP! No question about it.
Played the crap out of persona 3 portable. Basically the only game I loved in a long time since I purchased the psp on day 1 (loved GTALCS and SOCOM FTB2).
My biggest problem was the massive loading time and too many loading screens for most games.
I got my psp the back when they first came out and i still use it frequently now and i can't wait till the NGP comes out
im trying not to consider it when thinking of the ngp, but if anything, it definitely makes me cautious
I loved the PSP and I'm starting to kick myself for getting rid of it. But I was low on funds ant it was the one thing I thought I could part with. At least the NGP is coming this year so (hopefully) I can get that instead of a new PSP.
I think people hate of the PSP too much. I mean its not the best thing ever but people always compare it to the DS which is like comparing the Gamegear to the original Gameboy. It won't ever reach Nintendo's success but its not a bad piece of hardware.