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Got my PSP today.

Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 12:34pm

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Hi guys.

I got my PSP today and hoooo man is this thing sweet.

It makes my GBA-SP look like something from the dark ages. The screen on the PSP is in my opinion even producing a far superior image in everyway imaginable over the DS. This thing just shouts “NOT A CHILDS TOY” unlike the DS and all the GB’s before it. It just looks and feels very expensive (probably because it is). The photo’s I’ve seen on the net up until now do not in anyway do the PSP justice. You will see what I mean when you get your own hands around the PSP.

The refresh rate of the display is absolutely spot on. No noticeable ghosting whatsoever, a perfectly and even backlight, the resolution is razor sharp. The pixel distance must be ultra tight in this baby. No noticeable RGB lines, nothing just a razor sharp and fast image.

The controls are good and solid. With your hands in the most relaxed position the PSP just sits perfectly and solid in your hands. Everything is easily within reach and during game play it feels very comfortable.

The UMD disks are the same size as a mini disk. Just a different shape casing. The one thing I don’t like is that unlike the mini disks, there is no little door covering the opening. So a section of the disk will be exposed. Just thinking about that, if you get a finger print on the disk, it’s going to be bloody hard to even wipe it through a little slot. There’s also the question of how would you manage to spin the disk to get access to other parts behind the casing. So… really this is not the ideal solution. SONY should had used the same door system as the mini disks.

Setting up the PSP was dead easy. My one was imported from Japan, and within a minute I had it complexly configured and working in English. It’s region free, and came with a universal power supply. So I can plug it in anywhere.

I imported a Japanese version of Ridge Racers and while some of the menus where in Japanese, it was easy to get through the menus. I also found a website that explained each page anyway so that will tie me over nicely until I can buy some games locally.

Game play is really not that much different form a PS2 other than the screen is extremely beautifully able to produce colours you would only expect to see from a Plasma TV or a good Flat panel LCD. The resolution is obviously higher than a standard TV also. So over all the experience is very enjoyable. Ridge Racers was clearly a great choice for me to see what the PSP could really do. The video intro’s where wonderful, and the in game graphics where just as good as a PS2 playing back on a good Plasma Screen.

The PSP is clearly geared for a older audience than the DS is. The expensive looking design does mean you would be mad to hand this to an 8 year old and expect him / her to look after it properly. While I’m sure SONY have built it to a high standard, it just looks and feels too expensive to give to young kids. Same can be said about the games. Nintendo have always drifted towards young kids, where the PSP will just see the same stuff the PS2 will see. So no childish Mario games by the bucket load.

While the DS will break away from that old list of GBA and GB titles, it’s still going to be a Nintendo product and will carry a large number of remakes of the same old crap.

I haven’t tried out any of the Video options yet or the Network, but from reading the manual, looks dead easy to get going.

Regarding the Video. There’s a program floating around on the net that will convert your movies for you. It’s dead easy to use and considering that a 1GB Duo costs 150 euro, I will certainly pick one up because I don’t plan on buying movies I already own on DVD in UMD format. Being Mpeg4 format also means I will easily fit a few movies on one memory stick.

So overall I’m seriously chuffed with my purchase. In “”””MY OPINION”””” the DS is a toy compared to the PSP as for quality of build. It’s obviously geared towards a different age group.

The disclaimer.
Remember guys that this is only my opinion. If you don’t agree with me or don’t like anything I have said. Then please just remember that this is nothing more than the opinion of one person. It doesn’t mean I’m right and you are all wrong. It also doesn’t mean anyone is right because at the end of the day all anyone can do here is offer an opinion.

So… don’t flame me if you don’t like what I said. It’s only an opinion.

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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 12:52pm

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this was funny

While the DS will break away from that old list of GBA and GB titles, it’s still going to be a Nintendo product and will carry a large number of remakes of the same old crap.


And you brought Ridge Racer smile

Just wondering how much light and dark will allow you to play it, will you need a cover when in bright light.?
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:00pm

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I've got the NintendoDS and have had it for a number of months now. I've no interest in the PSP as from what I hear about it from people in the industry - its just not as good.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:01pm

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Can't wait to try out the PSP, as you say it really does look like a step forward in handhelds. Can't say I've read anything about not being as good as the DS (which just seems so old school and rather gimmicky), and the sales figures in Japan are not showing that either. I think it'll be a huge here as it is over in Japan.

I just wanted to add that although the dpi on the PSP screen is good the actual resolution is far lower than TV, hence a machine which is slower (although nobody seems to know how much) than the PS2 can create visuals which are so fantastic - it has far less pixels to fill much of the time.

Any idea how much the PSP is going to cost in the UK? I expect its LOADS smile

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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:02pm

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Nintendo make things for children. Case closed.

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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:02pm

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this was funny

While the DS will break away from that old list of GBA and GB titles, it’s still going to be a Nintendo product and will carry a large number of remakes of the same old crap
Yeah.. you got me there.
Seriously though, I was really only referring to the fact that Nintendo has probably re-release Mario countless times under different systems, names and types of games. We even have Mario Tetris at this point.

Just wondering how much light and dark will allow you to play it, will you need a cover when in bright light.?
Good question. When I got the PSP this morning I didn’t charge it up. I just plugged it in and was using it without the battery even installed. So to be honest I don’t know actually how bright the screen goes because I didn’t feel the need to change it.

It’s now charging up so I’ll let you know what it looks like outside in daytime light after.

Just so you know though… There are 4 brightness modes you can set the screen at. 1 of which (mode 4) is not available when using the PSP off the battery. I would image this is because the backlight would be running at it’s highest setting. So at this point I have no idea what setting my PSP is running at and if the beautiful images I where seeing this morning where due to the fact it was pluged in.

I’ll know later today though.

Regards.
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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:41pm

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Sharp wrote:

this was funny

While the DS will break away from that old list of GBA and GB titles, it’s still going to be a Nintendo product and will carry a large number of remakes of the same old crap
Yeah.. you got me there.
Seriously though, I was really only referring to the fact that Nintendo has probably re-release Mario countless times under different systems, names and types of games. We even have Mario Tetris at this point.
What you fail to see or mention is that Nintendo always take back the original game an don't ever just release a sequel that is a hashed and pathetic version of the predecessor. They always try and keep originality and innovativity in their own sequels. Mario Tennis, Mario Party and Mario Golf are NOT examples of sequels for the sack of it. Unlike EA or many other companies. Nintendo put time/effort and money into creating a better game than the one before.

Funnily enough, you've brought the PSP to be playing new games and not re-releases? The PSP is just going to have downgraded ports from the PS2 - I say downgraded because Konami had to completely downgrade MGS2 for the PSP into a card-game. The irony in your comment about Nintendo re-releaseing the same old crap... is that Sony are the ones so very guilty of that. wink

Still, I'm looking forward to E3 where the next actual GameBoy will be announced/unvealed. It should romp all over the PSP. I say should - because Nintendo have had time to look at the competition.

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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:52pm

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Well the power of the machine was not the reason MGS2 was changed. The PSP is a seriously fast bit of kit and can do similar stuff to the PS2 as it has less resolution to fill. Compared to the DS its a damn super computer.

Also, considering how far behind Nintendo are now, technically I can't see even the new GameBoy having much chance.

The GameCube was the slowest of the current consoles and they have had to go for a similar IBM chip to the Xbox2 in their next one (which is apparently way slower than the chip IBM are making with Sony for the PS3).

I can see a continued place in the market for Nintendo's low cost options (DS, GameBoy) when it comes to handhelds but I don't think it can compete at the high end of the market anymore - the gap the PSP fills.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 2:05pm

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schwar wrote:

Well the power of the machine was not the reason MGS2 was changed. The PSP is a seriously fast bit of kit and can do similar stuff to the PS2 as it has less resolution to fill. Compared to the DS its a damn super computer.

The GameCube was the slowest of the current consoles and they have had to go for a similar IBM chip to the Xbox2 in their next one (which is apparently way slower than the chip IBM are making with Sony for the PS3).
I've heard they are using the same IBM chips. As for the power of the PSP - I was told verbally last summer by someone at Capcom that the PSP couldn't handle the straight port from the PS2 of MGS2 - and will struggle with other high-end games. The DS is built for fun. And to be honest I haven't not enjoyed a second I've played it - although I do wish it was more powerful and had a different design. I can see the potential and the Dual Screen feature IS fantastic - it just needs to be givin a chance.

The Gamecube was the slowest - but it has Resident Evil 4 biggrin - critcially reviewed as one of the best games ever - a game that the Playstation 2 cannot handle for technical reasons. Go figure?
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 3:34pm

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Being that X-Box is currently my favorite console for some reason (I used to despise it), I wonder if Microsoft will ever get into the handheld market. I think with a similar technology as the PSP they could do very well.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 3:36pm

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Aculag wrote:

Being that X-Box is currently my favorite console for some reason (I used to despise it), I wonder if Microsoft will ever get into the handheld market. I think with a similar technology as the PSP they could do very well.
They've stated in the past that they don't have an interest in the handheld market - although I'm sure they are looking into flooding it with Gates billions and further saturating another market. If I remember correctly they actually commented on the battle between Nintendo and Sony in the handheld market and wanted Nintendo to win.

Crazy relations in the gaming world. Rare still releasing games on a Nintendo console. Whatever next.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 7:11pm

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Hi b4uask30male.

I got the chance to bring the PSP outside and test the 3 different brightness modes it has to offer when working off the battery.

First of all, the difference between mode 1 2 and 3 is rather small. My PSP was set at the lowest level this morning and to be honest. I’m going to continue using it at that level when using the battery. I would rather have the extra battery life for what little brightness I would gain.

As for using the PSP outdoors. Well it was lashing out of the heavens all day here but when I did manage to get it outside, it was in overcast light. With that said, I could clearly see the screen without any difficult whatsoever. It’s by far bright enough for outdoor use on a dull day. First sunny day I get… I’m on it.

Overall I’m absolutely chuffed to bits. The PSP is far better than I could have ever imagined. I’m genuinely delighted with my purchase.

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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 7:51pm

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Hopefully I will get to pick up my PSP today. I preordered it and they called to say it got in a day early. I'm trading in a lot of old stuff for credit, including my DS. I'm only getting 100 bucks for it though. I'll post my thoughts once I get it.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 9:13pm

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er-no wrote:

schwar wrote:

Well the power of the machine was not the reason MGS2 was changed. The PSP is a seriously fast bit of kit and can do similar stuff to the PS2 as it has less resolution to fill. Compared to the DS its a damn super computer.

The GameCube was the slowest of the current consoles and they have had to go for a similar IBM chip to the Xbox2 in their next one (which is apparently way slower than the chip IBM are making with Sony for the PS3).
I've heard they are using the same IBM chips.
Actually the chip IBM is making for the PS3 (Cell chip) is one of the most hyped chips I've seen in a while. It's apparently 10 times faster than a high-end computer chip, yet 10 times cheaper. We'll see, I guess.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 10:04pm

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Faster, better, cooler.... whatever.

Buy the one you will enjoy and be done with it.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 11:36pm

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The Gamecube is worse hardware wisethan the ps2?? Show me some proof razz. The PS2 is the most inferior of the 3...hardware wise.
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The PS2 has the most powerful CPU (even more powerful than the Xbox) and the second most powerful GPU (after the Xbox).

The GameCube has an old PowerPC processor (based off a 603e i think) and nasty old ATI GPU - it was miles out of date when it came out hence the pretty poor resolution of any intensive 3D games on the GC. The PS2 was totally cutting edge when it came out and had more power than most (if not all) standard desktop PCs on sale at the time (it looks like the PS3 will repeat this).

The PS2 is much more powerful than the GC when its programmed correctly (which it often isn't), hence you get amazing looking games like GT4 which the GC could never begin to run. The simple facts are the Xbox is the most powerful because its got about a 20% GPU speed advantage over the PS2 and its CPU was easier to code for. The PS2, when programmed correctly, is nearer to the Xbox than most people thing. The GameCube is dead last with a CPU which is miles behind and a GPU which is a bit slower than the PS2.

Nintendo haven't made anything cutting edge since the N64, a great machine crippled by some poor design. With the money involved to fight the big boys I doubt Nintendo can ever be cutting edge again hardware wise - although they are always at the cutting edge of their type of software/games.
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 8:38am

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Nintendo haven't made anything cutting edge since the N64, a great machine crippled by some poor design. With the money involved to fight the big boys I doubt Nintendo can ever be cutting edge again hardware wise - although they are always at the cutting edge of their type of software/games.
Nintendo are in serious trouble here if you ask me. They don't have the vision to compete in the future with the likes of SONY.

Nintendo have never been good when to comes to cutting edge.

You only need to look at GBA-SP to realise it offers absolutely nothing new other than a stolen idea from the guys that developed the front light for the GBA (The After Burner.)

Nintendo have milked people for everything they could and now after getting my hands on a PSP, I can clearly see that Nintendo are in serious trouble here. You will see what I mean when you get your own two hands around the PSP. It feels and looks so expensive in every way. Both design and performance. I can’t keep myself from not commenting on that PSP Screen. It truly looks like an expensive Plasma. The colour is so rich.

Regards.
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Fact is, consoles... whether they be handheld or otherwise bow down to the gaming monolith's that are desktop PC's. And because of this I've no real interest in buying any handheld, though I do own a console... and it's a gamecube.

Why? Because in my opinion it has some amazing titles which is something I can't really say for the ps2 which has the GTA games, but they'll hit pc anyway.

Anyway, I don't think Nintendo have anything to worry about. If you are going to be so resolute in saying that "nintendo make things for kids" then you could also assume kids will simply keep buying their products. I doubt the PSP will be a hit with younger gamers partly because of it's hefty price tag and partly because well... The Nintendo DS is more fun. I got the impression with the n64 that Nintendo were aiming to please family gamers but the console still had some great classics as does the GC which on a second look has some very adult games such as Eternal Darkness and Resident Evil, games with a bit of thinking involved instead of churned out violent tripe designed to excite idiots (manHunt, State of Emergency among countless others).

Sharp wrote:


You only need to look at GBA-SP to realise it offers absolutely nothing new other than a stolen idea from the guys that developed the front light for the GBA (The After Burner.)
I hate to kick down your speech box, but it just seems you're caught up in the excitement of owning a new gadget. if you examine the psp closely then isn't it in all realism offering nothing new other than a playstation you can carry around? smile I don't imagine Sony dreamed up the PSP perfect to begin with infact I imagine they studied Nintendo's history of improving handheld gaming rather closely and just cellotaped a ps2 into the make up.

If I had a knife held to my throat and was asked to choose between the DS and the PSP, I'd probably choose the PSP. Though I wouldn't post an essay saying why my choice of product is excellent, and that the opposition need pee their pants because it caters well for a demographic which according to the general concensus... doesn't exist for Nintendo. smile

Of course, I'm yet to lay my hands on the PSP and I'm certain that it'll be a success. But I serverely doubt it will affect Nintendo much as they are extremely different types of handheld consoles.
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If you are going to be so resolute in saying that "nintendo make things for kids" then you could also assume kids will simply keep buying their products. I doubt the PSP will be a hit with younger gamers partly because of it's hefty price tag and partly because well... The Nintendo DS is more fun.
This statement seems a little silly Hybrid. Which age group is it that buys nearly all consoles, not just handheld (or has them purched for them). Young kids (and their parents) have more money to burn than nearly anyone other age group.

Secondly, its even more silly to say the DS is more fun. Nintendo WAS the ONLY option in the handheld market, hence its performed very well. In the console market its the PS2 which was considered better/more fun hence it outsells everything by such a huge margin. I think its pretty reasonable to figure the PSP (offering the gaming of the PS2) will do very very well over here and cost Nintendo many sales.

I hate to kick down your speech box, but it just seems you're caught up in the excitement of owning a new gadget. if you examine the psp closely then isn't it in all realism offering nothing new other than a playstation you can carry around?
Where exactly is the problem with a portable PS2. Games are games and, unless they require a mouse, they can be played on any console. I think sticking the best console in the world in your hand is just about the best thing you can do, rather than a sub-standard, out-of-date and seriously limited machine with.... oooo 2 nasty screens and a tablet. If I'm wrong then I guess we'll see tablets and dualscreens become the gaming standard over the next few years just like the joypad? Hmm, maybe it IS just a gimmick after all?

I think its fine for Sharp to be pleased with his PSP but I wish diehard Nintendo fans would stop looking for excuses why the DS is better. The only better thing about the DS is the price, otherwise its just not at the same level as the PSP. They both give you games machines in your hand, one is a powerful small version of the worlds best selling current console, the other is about as fast as last generation consoles and has user interfaces (which will never become a gaming standard) to try and stand out. I wouldn't buy either, I'll stick with my GC and PS2, but if I had to get a handheld then it would be the PSP.
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schwar wrote:

its fine for Sharp to be pleased with his PSP but I wish diehard Nintendo fans would stop looking for excuses why the DS is better.
I never said it was better, I said it was different smile

I'm not exactly a nintendo die-hard Schwar, you know this. razz Though I'll admit to being silly....
But I do think the two consoles appeal to entirely different markets and the pricing is only a small factor in this.
The duel screens is a gimmick, we all know it's just a short term way of offering something slightly different and plain fun to use hence it's appeal to kids. The PSP strikes me as much more of a boys toy and I suspect that it'll sell well to an 18+ audience partly because of the price and part because of the fact it's a super cool gadget.

I'd be happy if I got either a PSP or a DS, but I don't think ones excellence severely limits another companies. Infact much like my PC and GC I think there's plenty of space in the market for them both.

Rumour/fact(?) is that Nintendo are releasing another handheld some time this year, will it be any good? Who knows... In my opinion Nintendo have been alot less inspired these past 2 years as they have been previously. The mario games were all awful (sunshine through to mariokart) and their own console's best games are being made by capcom. Though saying that... every console has it's classics. With no single console emerging as a clear ultimate gaming console.

To an extent, I do have to criticise nintendo on re-releasing an 8 year old game and claiming it to be brilliant whilst it's competition has a much more fresh line up. And I have no idea where they're taking their image... as it went from trying to shake off being a kiddies company and now they're releasing a gimmicky handheld. But to some extents I really like the idea of the DS... As spending a small fortune on money better spent on a ps3 within a year compared to spending it on a fairly priced innovative toy which is capable of things that future consoles will be unlikely to (as you rightly pointed out) isn't such a bad idea. smile
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Nintendo make things for children. Case closed.
Besides Resident Evil 4... The game is one of the best.
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CX3 wrote:

Nintendo make things for children. Case closed.
Besides Resident Evil 4... The game is one of the best.
Hell yes. And Eternal Darkness, that game was also great.
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I really like the PSP idea a lot except the only thing preventing me from getting one is the reliability issue. My Nintendo, SNES, and GB still work after years and years of game play. My PS2 though is a different story. I am on my second one since the release date. My brother was in Iraq and he said that during his time there, they went through 4 PS2s and one XBOX. I love the PS except I get that sick feeling that I wasted money on games and the system and then I have to buy another one with a warranty.
Nintendo for me always has been very reliable and I will take reliabilty over a system that is more fun but not as reliable.
The disk popping out and how the square button is partially on the screen worries me.

I will probably pick up a PSP when the price declines and all the bugs are worked out.
GBA 2 on the otherhand, I will be buying as soon as it comes out. (Unless it comes with 2 screens and a stylus)

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If Nintendo stop chudding around I'll definetely be getting a GBA2.

Really think they'll suprise me and unveil something pretty damn amazing at E3.
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The PSP is better in everything hardware related except the battery life...

Thats great! But really, that doesn't matter. Its the games that come out on it. You could have the fastest super computer in the world, and use it to play Pong for god's sake. Simply basing whether or not a handheld is good or not on hardware is just stupid. The games will determine which is more fun, and in this respect, I think both will be very fun. But, since not many people have 250 dollars to burn, plus all the other crap you need to buy if you want the battery life to be longer, or if you want to be able to hold movies, etc, I think the DS will get tons of purchases due to its affordability, and its games that will come out soon (it was, afterall, rushed into the market)

Stop concluding that the DS will suck because it has Mario games... So has every other Nintendo system to date. Those are just the first released because of the early release of the DS. Plenty more "mature" games are coming along later this year.

I for one don't want to waste my money on the PSP, as I have a DS, and am happy with it. I will not, however say that if I was forced to chose one of the two for free, then i'd chose the DS, cause i'd get the PSP. But again, price really does matter... A LOT.
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The PSP has many great games:

-GTA (soon)
-Splinter Cell (soon)
-Prince of Persia 2 (soon)
-wipEout
-Need for Speed
-Twisted Metal

None of them are new, but they're all great fun and even more fun on a handheld. Not to mention a superpowerful one. As far as I've seen, the DS has a bunch of N64-like games with a twist (the touchpad) or minigames.

I believe that's a tie.
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On the topic of video games...

Have any of you got a chance to play or see Devil May Cry 3? I just picked it up 2days ago and its ridiculously tight. Really makes me wish I had an extra 80 million lying around so I could turn that into a movie.
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Hey, can DS do this?

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/39918.html


My friend's little brother is buying a PSP, so I am looking forward to playing with that. As for me... life demands cash. So much for getting a PSP.
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Once the GBA2 comes out, the DS will be abandoned. The other thing I worry about with the PSP> The screen. If I had that thing, I would scratch the screen so fast. I wish there was a cover that came with it.
I play the GBA late at night and then I close the lid and throw it on the floor.
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You can get cover for it. Sony's not that stupid.
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Hey is there any way you could get your own movies on the PSP and does anybody know when there will be more in stock.
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pzgamer825 wrote:

Hey, can DS do this?

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/39918.html
I don't think it can, but I never wanted to pull out my GBA to call a friend, rather than using a real phone
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yeah, multifunctionality is great, but sometimes things should just be left to do one or two specific things. This is what killed the N-Gage.
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whichever one makes the best doorstop/paperweight that one is the best
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what the hell?! WHY Didn't Nintendo make a "Virtual boy" 2? ARRRGHHH!! im so frustrated! and lets just be honest, everyone is slightly biased on everything.
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We were board at school and my friend picked up his PSP, we watched Spider man 2 during biology on it. Let's see the DS do that.
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Actually it would be a hell of a lot more practical make a phone out of the DS rather than the PSP, because of the touch screen. Entering letters and numbers on the PSP is the same laborious task that it has been since the introduction of the software keyboard, and D-pad.

I actually picked up a PSP the other day in hopes of selling it on E-Bay for a pretty penny, but alas my curiosity took over, and I have been playing for a good 10 hours straight. I'm actually pleasantly surprised by this "wonder" device, and though I don't think Nintendo has anything to worry about, I think this will motivate them to come up with some even more interesting features in the new Gameboy. Touching is good...so is competition.

Canta unsure
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I'll really be getting a psp for the DVD player it has. Games would come second to me... but still a close second. I think the psp is way hotter than the ds.
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Bryce007 wrote:

what the hell?! WHY Didn't Nintendo make a "Virtual boy" 2? ARRRGHHH!! im so frustrated! and lets just be honest, everyone is slightly biased on everything.
Other than because the origional Virtual Boy had to be pulled off the market... I was one of few to have one and it was giving me seizures... well not seizures but definite headaches.

schwar wrote:

The GameCube has an old PowerPC processor (based off a 603e i think) and nasty old ATI GPU - it was miles out of date when it came out hence the pretty poor resolution of any intensive 3D games on the GC..
Read em and weep smile
http://www.onlyonxbox.net/specs.php
One to print and hang on your wall.
http://www.onlyonxbox.net/print.php?code=05&PHPSESSID=fe6a07fb2d0027dba0df1d9254f653ba

Not sure the polygon stats are right, but even if they are then I think the technological food chain is XB>GC>PS2. So all you techno-head sony fanboys (a.k.a. The Nathan Barleys) sob quietly at night smile

sharp wrote:

You only need to look at GBA-SP to realise it offers absolutely nothing new other than a stolen idea from the guys that developed the front light for the GBA (The After Burner.)
And a touch screen, and a wireless network chat capability, And 32 bit games coupled with backwards compatability.
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Zea wrote:

We were board at school and my friend picked up his PSP, we watched Spider man 2 during biology on it. Let's see the DS do that.
Wait x amount months...you will be able to play movies through an extention AFAIK
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Use these cheap applications to convert you divx / dvd rips.
1. Mpegable ------ Link
2. Packet Video Authoring Tools ------ Link
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Colincsl wrote:

Zea wrote:

We were board at school and my friend picked up his PSP, we watched Spider man 2 during biology on it. Let's see the DS do that.
Wait x amount months...you will be able to play movies through an extention AFAIK
You'll also be able to go online via bluetooth and use the built in microphone to connect chat to anyone in the world. Lovely.
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Hybrid...i was kidding about the virtual boy. I was also unfortunate enough to use one for longer than 5 min, and MAN did playing mario tennis become ardious. I mean, holy crap. that thing weighed at least as much as a gamecube, with all the weight resting on the bridge of your nose. terrible design for sure. interestingly, the designer of that was hit by a car later in his career.. (karma?)
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Bryce007 wrote:

Hybrid...i was kidding about the virtual boy. I was also unfortunate enough to use one for longer than 5 min, and MAN did playing mario tennis become ardious. I mean, holy crap. that thing weighed at least as much as a gamecube, with all the weight resting on the bridge of your nose. terrible design for sure. interestingly, the designer of that was hit by a car later in his career.. (karma?)
Not at all. Gunpei Yokoi was the original creator and designer of the GameBoy as well and he was considered a huge lose to the creative side of the entertainment world. Nothing to do with karma, a sad tragic accident.
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billy3d wrote:

Use these cheap applications to convert you divx / dvd rips.
1. Mpegable ------ Link
2. Packet Video Authoring Tools ------ Link
And here’s a really interesting tool that will convert pretty much any video file, including encrypted DVD’s directly to PSP format.

No more than two or three clicks of the mouse.

http://www.makayama.com/mobilemediamakerpsp.html

Looks the business to me. Dead easy to use too.

Regards.
Sharp.
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Sharp wrote:

billy3d wrote:

Use these cheap applications to convert you divx / dvd rips.
1. Mpegable ------ Link
2. Packet Video Authoring Tools ------ Link
And here’s a really interesting tool that will convert pretty much any video file, including encrypted DVD’s directly to PSP format.

No more than two or three clicks of the mouse.

http://www.makayama.com/mobilemediamakerpsp.html

Looks the business to me. Dead easy to use too.

Regards.
Sharp.
That's rather cool, but I can't see myself ever really wanting to watch a movie on a screen that small. The only use I can see for it would be for showing test shots and the like to friends.
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@ Sharp: Mpegable and PVAuthor offer heaps of more options and are a lot better, but I suppose you like it for the ease of use?

@ Hybrid Halo: You should try watching something on a p910 or PSP, its actually really fun, there are more convinenices than the disadvantages. When ever I have to go for a long trip I copy a few simpsons episodes on my 256mb memory stick duo, slap it in my p910 and watch it on the way with the supplied earphones, which are identical to the one you recieve in the accessories pack of the psp I think razz

@ Mac PSP users:
Here's somthing I came across on
HOW TO ENCODE A MOVIE FOR PLAYBACK ON A SONY PSP FOR MAC OSX LINKAGE
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Wow, the more I learn about this device the more interested I become. If only my money tree would sprout.
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Finally got to see one first hand yesterday, and I was very very impressed. Not only by the graphics, brightness of the screen, menus, etc, but the overall design of the device is top notch. Once there are some more games out, I'm definitely considering buying one now.
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Yep, Plus the door is open for even more innovation to branch from the technology its is using now. If I were to call myself a fanboy it would be for XBOX, but Sony has really hit the spot with this litytle doohicky.
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I got my psp the other day and must say its the most superior system i have ever played. I still have my ds, waiting for animal crossing, and metriod hunters.
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HI billy3d.

It’s not that I really prefer that program just because it’s easier. I just stumbled across it and since it does absolutely everything for you, including removing the CSS encryption from DVD’s. I thought people might find it either useful or just an interesting read.

With that said, your dead right.
There are better options available that produce much higher quality video. Actually after testing that demo version of the Mobile Media Maker I have concluded that the video quality is pretty lame compared to what you can achieve if you go to the bother of using Sony’s own and free program. It was up until now only available in Japanese. But some clever clogs decided to modify it and now the menu’s are in English.

I have a strong feeling that this is only be beginning. Give it 8 weeks and the number of programs that will be available for the PSP will grow considerably.

If SONY also go through with releasing all the details of the UMD disks which they say they will. It won’t be long before we will be burning our own, along with using them in ever type of device in the future.

The UMD disk can easily replace Smart Media when it comes to costs. Chances are when they are in full development you could buy a UMD-RW for 2$. That’s 1.8GB of rewritable memory. You would be looking at a lot of money to buy that in a memory sick form.

Should be rather interesting to see how the PSP takes off and what SONY do with their UMD format.

Regards.
Sharp.
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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

Sharp wrote:

billy3d wrote:

Use these cheap applications to convert you divx / dvd rips.
1. Mpegable ------ Link
2. Packet Video Authoring Tools ------ Link
And here’s a really interesting tool that will convert pretty much any video file, including encrypted DVD’s directly to PSP format.

No more than two or three clicks of the mouse.

http://www.makayama.com/mobilemediamakerpsp.html

Looks the business to me. Dead easy to use too.

Regards.
Sharp.
That's rather cool, but I can't see myself ever really wanting to watch a movie on a screen that small. The only use I can see for it would be for showing test shots and the like to friends.
You obviously don't like in-flight movies, then. smile

PSP looks like quite a catch, and I can't wait to muster up some money for one. But for now, I have a Nintendo DS.

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Nice Sig atom! smile
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Nice Sig atom! smile
Thanks, it took me three weeks to think of that come-back. wink
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atom wrote:


"Don't D-I-S the D-S." (HAHA I'm hilarious! wink )
Nice joke Atom. tard
I got my PSP at launch and my thoughts echo everybody elses.
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atom wrote:

"Don't D-I-S the D-S." (HAHA I'm hilarious! wink )
I liked this thread as opposed to most of these threads because there weren't arguments, it seems like you are trying to start one. no need to bring that up, but whatever. PS- I am not the one that rated you down, so don't take this as a hate crime. smile

Anywho, I tried a PSP and it was awes. I may have to get one when some cool games come out.
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Serpent wrote:

atom wrote:

"Don't D-I-S the D-S." (HAHA I'm hilarious! wink )
I liked this thread as opposed to most of these threads because there weren't arguments, it seems like you are trying to start one. no need to bring that up, but whatever. PS- I am not the one that rated you down, so don't take this as a hate crime. smile

Anywho, I tried a PSP and it was awes. I may have to get one when some cool games come out.
Wha-?

Somebody rated me down? Argh! People's emotions are far too fragile on this here forum. smile
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Man if some clever developer develops an XVID / DivX codec & player for the PSP not only can we get great quality, we can have smaller file sizes and we wont need 3rd part encoders, we can just make do with Virualdub (free).

*Billy3d waits....
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this post was made on a psp w00t!?!
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^^^ It really was check here if you don't believe me



http://homepage.mac.com/ablack6596/PSP/

I am one of the first people to surf the internet via PSP, and the first to surf FXHome.com!

Canta unsure
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Cool, I hope browsing ain't sluggish?
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Nice stats Hybrid, they actually show that the GC is way slower than the PS2 - like well under half as fast which is more than I remembered. Raw polys per sec isn't the greatest measurement of speed really. Like the MHz of the processor, it means little on its own.
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schwar wrote:

Nice stats Hybrid, they actually show that the GC is way slower than the PS2 - like well under half as fast which is more than I remembered. Raw polys per sec isn't the greatest measurement of speed really. Like the MHz of the processor, it means little on its own.
Hm, you're right. Though in my opinion it's still style over substance where GC is concerned. Saying that, my faith in the console market in general is waning.
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Yeah, I would like to see something original... but I have no idea what. The idea of more and more power is great but it seems like the same old games again and again - more and more refined maybe, but not really moving forward.

On the PC things seem a little better. HL2 was just a FPS but really well done and really epic. Some really cinematic moments and great sound/music work. It also used technologies (decent physics engine, amazing graphics, great AI) in a stunning way so they it didn't just seem like gimmicks. Almost stopped being just a game to me and became more of a interactive film.

My favourite game of the moment is WoW (World Of Warcraft). Its not really the sort of game I would normally play but being Blizzard (my favourite game company since Microsoft destroyed Bungie wink ) I've given it a go and I'm hooked (when I have time). If this kind of game was on consoles I think it would really start to push development forward. When I have time I might set WoW going on my TV and surround sound, bet it would be even more amazing.

Hang on, I'm going slightly off topic.....
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schwar wrote:

Yeah, I would like to see something original... but I have no idea what. The idea of more and more power is great but it seems like the same old games again and again - more and more refined maybe, but not really moving forward.
Yeah, you're right. And I think the gamecube is least guilty of refining same old games. Even though Zelda was essentially.. the same as ever. I'd have to agree with you on WoW though, the game is truely brilliant.
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^^^ It really was check here if you don't believe me



http://homepage.mac.com/ablack6596/PSP/

I am one of the first people to surf the internet via PSP, and the first to surf FXHome.com!

Canta unsure
That is extremely cool!
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schwar wrote:

Nice stats Hybrid, they actually show that the GC is way slower than the PS2 - like well under half as fast which is more than I remembered. Raw polys per sec isn't the greatest measurement of speed really. Like the MHz of the processor, it means little on its own.
Explain to me why the PS2 wouldn't be able to handle a port of Resident Evil 4 then? As long as the Cube can do stuff like that and the PS2 can't. I'd say its pretty much better/faster than the PS2. Who cares about speed, if the console cannot handle the games?

'Capcom stated that it is difficult to port Resident Evil 4, to the Playstation hardware. They went to say, that the biggest issue is the memory size. Leon’s model in the GameCube version features about 10,000 polygons, while the PS2 can only render 5,000. Capcom also added, that the model of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater features 5,000 polygons.'
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Firstly the RE4 problems are still considered a rumour.

There is no power issue to do with the port of RE4, its probably just a bad bit of planning which means the conversion has been a nightmare - this happens all the time as the PS2 isn't easy to code for. Game conversion from other consoles to the PS2 are not easy - you either have to redo a load of stuff, or have performance below what is expected of the PS2 which seems to be the case here. RE4 seems to have been made in to some kinda "this proves the GC is better than the PS2" when it really proves nothing at all appart from its hard to make conversions TO the PS2. But lets face it, things are normally converted FROM the PS2 (and there are often accounts of games taking ages to optimise on other consoles when converted from the PS2).

I've never seen a GC render anything on the fly thats impressive (not by the standards of the PS2 or Xbox). It simply doesn't have the raw 3d power of the PS2, and nowhere near the Xbox.

I'd say its (GC) pretty much better/faster than the PS2
Better because its less powerful (which is a fact in CPU and GPU power) and that it has far less games (although I'm not saying all PS2 games are quality) and the games it has cover far fewer gaming types? I own a PS2 and a GC (and I did own an Xbox) but I would never think the GC gets anywhere near the PS2 as a console - it seems the world agrees as it has over 75% of the world market for consoles. It would also seem that Sony now has nearly 50% of the handheld market of 2005...
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Anyone know of any other mac solutions for getting dvds and video to the psp with a high capacity memory card?
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I think someone posted a link about it earlier on in this thread...
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Well, all I can say to that schwar is. You've got a Gamecube, go get yourself Resident Evil 4. You might be impressed. smile
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Heh, I might do that. smile
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Hi guys.

Looks like we will see Linux on the PSP soon .

http://www.psp-linux.org/

Regards.
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Zea wrote:

We were board at school and my friend picked up his PSP, we watched Spider man 2 during biology on it. Let's see the DS do that.
I talked to my friends in history class and stuff like that. Lets see the PSP do that. wink

CX3 wrote:

I'll really be getting a psp for the DVD player it has. Games would come second to me... but still a close second. I think the psp is way hotter than the ds.
PSP doesn't have a DVD player, sorry to dissapoint.

If these commments have been touched on before, sorry, but I have not reead the entire topic.

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Deepcoiler wrote:

CX3 wrote:

I'll really be getting a psp for the DVD player it has. Games would come second to me... but still a close second. I think the psp is way hotter than the ds.
PSP doesn't have a DVD player, sorry to dissapoint.
But you can rip your DVDs to PSP format without any additional hardware (a memory card is just good sense right?)

The more info I see about the PSP the more I like it as it seems to be able to do most things you might need while out and about.
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But not lasting too long whe it does. wink

And that was me that said that, not Deepcoiler.
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Nothing wrong with confusing me with him though biggrin. Anyways, like brett I want to see a Mac PSP video tutorial.
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Does the PSP have to be bought in a bundle? I am having trouble finding it alone.
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Yeah, as far as i know it only comes in the "value bundle" deal
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I've heard that Lumines is rather good.


Though I'm sure most of you are aware I'm not huge fan of the psp, but I'm not exactly a fan of the DS either. It's a fact that the console market is hitting a stage where everything being released is a sequel of a sequel and personally I'm finding origionality on a console a little hard to come by.

The PSP is the most powerful handheld gaming console in existence, and the PS2 may well be more powerful than the Gamecube but that's all irrelevant if the games aren't top quality. As of yet, there is no handheld console I'd consider worth buying... the money would be better spent on a ps2 and gta:sa along with a copy of gt4 or a gamecube and resident evil 4 than forking out to buy a currently extremely over-priced piece of bling (that's essentially what high tech equipment that you can carry is nowadays).

Whilst the PSP does provide more choice on todays market, the current line up suggests little that is going to push the market forwards so much as move it around a little smile I've heard Lumines is cool, and I'll be keeping my eye on the PSP front incase anything brilliant comes out. I kind of dislike the "portable ps2" vibe about it, as it'd suggest I'm just carrying around games I've already completed.

The DS is alot more throwaway than the PSP, but it's a quarter of the price I guess. Needless to say I won't be getting one unless something extradinary happens on that front too.

The platform definetly exists to make for an interesting market, but whether or not anyone will take a risk and use it is another question. The PC is still pushing on the frontiers in terms of gaming and it seems that alot of the consoles are trying to emulate being a pc (xbox most noticeably) when really I think they should be doing what they do best... being consoles. Sooner or later the goodness xbox have been doing with xblive will blossom into something rather nice which I imagine all consoles will use as a benchmark for network play. The Halo 2 live functions it has to be said, were very good almost too good.

To me, it's never been about the consoles, console loyalty is a bit of a dickheaded approach to things, as is quoting stats (of which I am also guilty). Nothing matters other than the games and that's the sole thing that will affect which consoles I purchase.

CantaClaro - congratulations wink

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/03/25/news_6121092.html
Has anyone experienced the lcd screen problems I've been hearing about? Sounds a little nasty though Sony seem to have it covered.
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Are there any fps gams set to be released for the psp?
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So far, only one.
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I went on a small school trip today, and my friend brought his PSP that he got for his B-Day. He didn't bring any of his games, but did bring spiderman 2, and we watched it during the trip. Thats a FINE piece of equipment. If I can, I'll get one... but it'll require me to sell my DS or something... confused
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The DS si not a quarter of the price. It is $150 in the states and the PSP is $250. $100 for all the extras sounds good but I am still waiting to see what Nintendo comes out with soon
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evman101 wrote:

I went on a small school trip today, and my friend brought his PSP that he got for his B-Day. He didn't bring any of his games, but did bring spiderman 2, and we watched it during the trip. Thats a FINE piece of equipment. If I can, I'll get one... but it'll require me to sell my DS or something... confused
What's with you guys? "My friend's PSP..."

Arg! I havent seen a single person I know with one. Perhaps somewhere in the mid-east, someone stole all the PSP shipments going to Texas. Nah, but the PSP truly is one of the out-most righteous portables ever. Although, after seeing my neighbors face-to-screen, I have to say it is far more mechanical-looking (a little less glossly and sleek/chic) than I thought it was.
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http://pspirc.com/

IRC on PSP!

w00ties!
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Hi cantaclaro.

Can you please tell me the name of that cover you have protecting your PSP screen.
Is that the Logitec case ?.

Regards.
Sharp.
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Hey Sharp no problem.

http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=801958

It comes with UMD protectors too, and its only $9.99 which is a freakin' steal.

Canta unsure
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Thanks a million.
It looks fantastic, and at that price I just got to have one.

Just need to find someone closer to Ireland who sell them, but now that I know the name and make. Should be no problem.

Thank you.
Sharp.
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If you can't find someone who sells it in Ireland, Gamestop ships internationally. They are one of the largest gaming retailers in the US so you don't really have to worry about reliablity.

Canta confused
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billy3d wrote:

Are there any fps gams set to be released for the psp?
Yes, I just uploaded a mass of screens to the gaming site i work for. The game is called: Coded Arms. I believe that is the on Pooky is talking about. It looks sweet, but IMO Rogue Agent and Metroid look better due to the DS's controls nearly built for these games. I want to try Coded Arms, because I am curious as to how it will control.

Link is near top to screens: http://psp.advancedmn.com/

Note the authors name. wink
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Serpent, stop yakking about the DS in this thread.
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Serpent wrote:

Note the authors name. wink
Noted. Beware, you're now on my hitlist... wink
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Coded Arms looks pretty mediocre and with the PSP's control scheme which is NOT made for an fps AT ALL, I think it'll suck. razz
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I disagree with pooky. i've seen gamplay of coded arms and it looks like the real deal. it reminds me of the timesplitters games only with aliens instead of people. eek
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film freak wrote:

I disagree with pooky. i've seen gamplay of coded arms and it looks like the real deal. it reminds me of the timesplitters games only with aliens instead of people. eek
But how will it control? I don't get it... There has been no good FPS with just a D-Pad.
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Serpent wrote:

film freak wrote:

I disagree with pooky. i've seen gamplay of coded arms and it looks like the real deal. it reminds me of the timesplitters games only with aliens instead of people. eek
But how will it control? I don't get it... There has been no good FPS with just a D-Pad.
Well hey, I was stuck using the n64 dpad for goldeneye because my controller's stick was broken and it worked fine wink