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« on: March 07, 2005, 02:44:01 AM »

Maybe make this a sticky? I know Ive got a lot og questions regarding this nifty little piece of hardware so ill start off with a few.

1. Is there a set price yet for it and it's games?

2. Whats the battery life of it?

3. Are the games for it PS2 quality or what?

3. Will full dvd movies come out for it?

4. Will the batteries be our own rechargable or will it have a built in Lith-Ion?

5. What kinda sound will this thing have?

6. Will it have any multiplayer abilities? or maybe even web browsing in the future?

Id love to see it with a mini hard drive so I could dload stuff to it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2005, 03:34:31 AM »

1.  $250 MSRP for the system, $40-50 for the games seems likely.

2.  Depends on what you are doing.  From what I've read, roughly 4-6 hours.

3.  Graphics are below PS2 graphics, but with the screen being that small, it will be less noticeable.

4.  You can count on part of Sony's library of movies to come out for the PSP.  However, it's still questionable if other movie studios will be supporting the UMD format.  Magic 8-ball says doubtful.

5.  I belive it is built-in battery, but I'm guessing jblank can answer this more accurately.

6.  I believe that it supports stereo sound, but you might have to use headphones to do that.

7.  Things look doubtful on this question.  Sony's Memory sticks can hold a bit of information, but I wouldn't expect a web browser coming from them any time soon.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2005, 05:37:50 AM »

I plan on ripping my own DVD's and playing them on the psp.  Shield episode Season 3 specifically, perfect for traveling!
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2005, 08:31:48 AM »

I could have sworn one of the videos Eco-Logic posted showed that the PSP had removable batteries. Sounds like the best setup is having a fully charged second battery so that you can play for extended periods (longer than four hours), and then charge up both during your down time.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2005, 07:01:36 PM »

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I plan on ripping my own DVD's and playing them on the psp.  Shield episode Season 3 specifically, perfect for traveling!


How would you accomplish this?
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2005, 08:07:04 PM »

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000980024404/

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2005, 08:32:41 PM »

I found Eco's videos. It answered a couple questions. If I wasable to get this device then at home Id always use it pugged in so batty life is'nt a huge deal I guess.

If only it was $199 it would be a huge diference.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2005, 08:34:28 PM »

I agree with dae. I have now found a few games that interest me. Tiger woods, death jr., maybe the untold legends, and I am sure htere will be some rpgs soon. If the console was 200 I would pick it up. I am moving soon and might have need for some portable gaming. But its like 300 isnt it? With the bundles they force you to buy?
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2005, 08:49:00 PM »

I'm not sure what the B&M versions of EB and Gamestop are doing, I can only guess by the signs I've seen ($249.99) at EB that they sell it without the bundle.  The online components of each shop probably puts the bundle deal in (although I do not know for sure...I guess I could ask the next time I am in EB).

The other route is to go to Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, etc. on release day and you can for sure get it for $249.99 without a bundle.  They'll probably even have a free gift along with your purchase.  Won't know until late next week what kind of deals they'll have though when the early birds put out the store ads.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2005, 09:05:28 PM »

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I could have sworn one of the videos Eco-Logic posted showed that the PSP had removable batteries.


They do - It's a Sony Battery but it's replaceable.
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2005, 03:09:22 AM »

In the interest of full disclosure, I found a few things I don't like about my PSP:

1) Controls aren't back-lit.
2) Headphone jack placement. Bottom left?
3) No "MUTE" button

While these are hardly deal breakers, they are just a few things I've noticed that can be improved.
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2005, 03:27:54 AM »

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Maybe make this a sticky?

I don't have a problem with it.  Let's sticky it for a month or so.  Seems like a good "clearinghouse" for the inevitable flood of questions.

Here's my question: how do the discs get loaded?  Does the face slide open or does it have a slot that "sucks" the disc in?
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2005, 03:39:00 AM »

A slot suck would be nifty but from the videos it appears to have a cassette tape type tray/door. Its on the back middle and pops open at it's top end. The disc is in a caddy type thing and it slides down into the slot and you close it.
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2005, 05:21:59 AM »

Yeah, each disk comes within a permanent caddy, which slides into the PSP like a tape would into a boombox.
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2005, 02:35:55 PM »

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In the interest of full disclosure, I found a few things I don't like about my PSP:

1) Controls aren't back-lit.
2) Headphone jack placement. Bottom left?
3) No "MUTE" button

While these are hardly deal breakers, they are just a few things I've noticed that can be improved.


Thanks for this feedback Devil.
1) I'm not sure what you mean by this. Are you refering to the X, O, square and triangle buttons, or the little on/off, volume switches at the bottom? Are they hard to distinguish in a dark room?
2) When a headphone is inserted in the jack does the cord get in the way of the analog stick or something? Where do you feel would be a better place to have the jack?
3) Is the volume control just a slider?

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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2005, 04:32:30 PM »

Cleric -

1) Not the gaming controls as much as the system controls along the bottom

2)If your headphones don't have a squared off connection (90 degree angle) it could get in the way of your left hand on the control pad. It would be bettr in the middle maybe.

3) Volume is controlled by seperate + and - buttons along the bottom. No mute and no lights make it tough to control in the dark. The buttons being flush with the casing looks nice, but contributes to this issue.

These are, by no means, big deals but something I could see improvement on.
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2005, 06:29:00 PM »

Thanks Devil.

Good info!
My hype meter is still dialed to 11!! biggrin
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2005, 01:29:48 PM »

Devil--

Just read on another forum that you can mute your device by holding down the volume control in some way.
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2005, 01:34:02 PM »

Yeah - I think I did that by accident once - Thanks!!

Still tough if you can't see the volume buttons in the dark.  :wink:
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2005, 04:21:12 PM »

A question. I read on one of Gametabs link that as a result of the glare, you can't see the PSP screen outside. Is this true? That would be incredibly annoying as I was planning on using it a lot this summer.
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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2005, 04:29:23 PM »

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I've not found that to be the case - the problem I'm having is with overhead office lighting.  The reflective surface is like a mirror for that stuff.
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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2005, 04:44:50 PM »

I have one of those screen protectors/glare reducers. I'll try and check it out with that...
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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2005, 06:38:36 AM »

BTW, what`s the deal with putting movies or music on this sucker? Is software required for the PC etc? I would only assume so. If so, does it cost anything, or are there free programs available? Sorry I sound like a FAQ, but it`s late :wink: . Thanks.
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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2005, 12:45:06 PM »

It's free.

Here is a tutorial on how to do it:

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000980024404/




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« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2005, 05:56:59 PM »

So for video, it's looking like a 512 MB stick isn't quite going to cut it.
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« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2005, 06:04:59 PM »

Nope, you'd probably have to get a 1gig stick.  They are about 140 bucks last I looked.
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« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2005, 06:07:41 PM »

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So for video, it's looking like a 512 MB stick isn't quite going to cut it.

Depends on how it's encoded.  On my Pocket PC I watch movies and TV shows all the time on our 512 SD card.  I can fit a 2 hour movie in to about 350 megs and a TV episode into 150.
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« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2005, 06:25:22 PM »

*nods*  I'd be interested if the PSP can play Divx.  I only have the 32mb card so I'd be hard pressed to figure that out at this point.
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« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2005, 08:11:33 PM »

zip zoom fly had/has a 1 gig stick for around $60.

They are sold out though, of course... frown
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« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2005, 12:03:53 AM »

Any recommendations on screen protectors?

I've heard good things about the eXim screen protector, but I can't find anywhere to buy it aside from eBay via Australia.
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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2005, 04:08:20 AM »

So, I have a few more questions for you guys. Does the psp connect to the pc via a normal usb cable? Or is something special required? What other options do I have as far as connecting to the internet, other than buying a whole wireless setup. I have a wired router, would a wireless entrypoint do the job? I`ve heard you can connect to your pc to use you internet connection for mp games etc, if you don`t have any wireless stuff. Is that true? Thanks again!
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2005, 05:16:45 AM »

One more thing to add. I`ve heard that the US psp comes with an extra battery, is this true?
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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2005, 01:17:27 PM »

OK - I'll try!

-You connect to your PC with one of those USB cables that have a small end on one side. I'm sure there's a real name for it but I don't know it. The Japanese PSP came with that cable.

-Other than the USB connection there really isn't an ethernet port so I think the only way to connect to the net would be wireless.

-I don't think it comes with an extra battery


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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2005, 05:02:42 PM »

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OK - I'll try!

-You connect to your PC with one of those USB cables that have a small end on one side. I'm sure there's a real name for it but I don't know it. The Japanese PSP came with that cable.


The name for it is mini-USB.
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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2005, 06:34:52 PM »

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Technical, huh?  :wink:
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2005, 08:16:51 PM »

AH, I`ll have to grab one of those then, thx guys!
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« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2005, 07:06:10 PM »

Why is this thing a bundle purchase only? Its too dang expensive. Why dont they just sell the PSP stand alone? Does'nt make much sense when you knock out many buyers who just cant afford it...like me.
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« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2005, 11:36:34 PM »

It isn't a bundle purchase only; it just depends on the retailer.

Unless you're referring to the addition of the headphones, battery pack, adapter, etc. ?
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« Reply #38 on: March 25, 2005, 09:01:52 PM »

Is it me, or was there not an article on the front page way back, regarding the button placement?  The problem being the upper left hand button was placed in such a way that it would cease to function?  I'm pretty sure it happend...  :?
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« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2005, 09:10:52 PM »

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Is it me, or was there not an article on the front page way back, regarding the button placement?  The problem being the upper left hand button was placed in such a way that it would cease to function?  I'm pretty sure it happend...  :?


i remember seeing SOMETHING about that, but for the life of me i can't seem to see where this problem could occur on my psp.  so far, with the exception of no backlit buttons, i've been happy.  the button placement seems pretty good and they appear to be fairly sturdy.
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