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The Sony PSP looking back.

el-cheapo 1,842 253 December 21, 2015 at 06:48 AM in Video Games (3)
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I dragged out my LAUNCH DAY PSP this weekend, charged it up and played some Hot Shots Golf.

I still remember the *night* my son and I went to get the PSP. Midnight launch and how blown away we were when we saw the bright screen and beheld its awesomeness.

I can't say that I used it much. I don't use the PS Vita much either. However, when I do use them I appreciate them for what they are.

The PSP is a bit of an enigma. Mine has gathered a lot of dust over the years. I suppose that it is because I am not a huge mobile gamer. I prefer my action on the big screen.

Would I have used the PSP more if it was smaller? I don't know. I kind of want a PSP Go just for the novelty of it. But in the end the PSP holds a special place in my heart.

I remember getting a Sony Walkman cassette player and how amazing that was for the time. (I am old). The PSP was kind of like that.

What are your thoughts on the PSP? Must play games?

I still think Hot Shots Golf is my fave. A great game for the PSP, play a round and I am done. But I love that game on any platform.

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My PSP did well for me when I got it. Gave me option to play Star Ocean 1 which never got a USA release as well as the remaster of Star Ocean 2. Little Big Planet was a great game for it as well. Aside from Crisis Core, I can't think of anything that was amazing to me. People had some Emulators going on them, but I found an Android phone to do much better.

The Vita is a love hate relationship. Gravity Rush, Uncharted, Little Big Planet and a few other one offs are great, but it is just another piece of hardware that was not well designed and completely unsupported by Sony. They basically glued some gimmicks together that were not fun to use (that stupid back touchplate) and not utilized and then basically said "See, this is why we don't support these devices. They never sell well."

It would have been so much better if it had decent analog sticks that clicked and L1/2, R1/2 buttons. Remote play is intolerable on it and devs don't want to deal with the oddness of the design. Couple that with the memory card that makes account swapping impossible and it is just not a friendly machine.

I still have mine, tried and failed to sell the thing. It comes with me on vacation for plane rides but never gets used beyond that.
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I played the shit out of phantasy star portable 1&2. I also enjoyed rockband unplugged. Movies that I've riped to play it is still look great. Sadly the battery life is shot and I dont feel like buying a new one.

My kid is giving it new life with the lego games i got for it.
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Too expensive to design for and not enough demand to warrant designing games for it. Cool piece of tech in all its iterations (except Go). Great way to emulate with buttons and sticks which is far better than phone emulations.
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Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
My PSP did well for me when I got it. Gave me option to play Star Ocean 1 which never got a USA release as well as the remaster of Star Ocean 2. Little Big Planet was a great game for it as well. Aside from Crisis Core, I can't think of anything that was amazing to me. People had some Emulators going on them, but I found an Android phone to do much better.

The Vita is a love hate relationship. Gravity Rush, Uncharted, Little Big Planet and a few other one offs are great, but it is just another piece of hardware that was not well designed and completely unsupported by Sony. They basically glued some gimmicks together that were not fun to use (that stupid back touchplate) and not utilized and then basically said "See, this is why we don't support these devices. They never sell well."

It would have been so much better if it had decent analog sticks that clicked and L1/2, R1/2 buttons. Remote play is intolerable on it and devs don't want to deal with the oddness of the design. Couple that with the memory card that makes account swapping impossible and it is just not a friendly machine.

I still have mine, tried and failed to sell the thing. It comes with me on vacation for plane rides but never gets used beyond that.

I agree 100% about the design of the Vita. I KNOW I would play with it tons more if it was more comfortable to play. The position of the controls is horrible.

There is a lot I love about the Vita, but alas I don't play it much. Everything Sony does seems unfinished. Great hardware, lots of promises and then....dust collection.
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Def. really awesome pieces of hardware.

The PSP really suffered from lack of dual analog sticks imo. You just couldn't hardcore game on the machine in terms of shooters. During this era, I was pretty much phasing into online play and done with kiddie games. They never really offered many "must buy" games either and if they did...they never showed up on the Vita. I played the Socom series on there but it was a pretty casual experience. Twisted Metal was good as well.

The Vita was pretty good but the library just wasn't there. Killzone didn't take off and their Smash clone wasn't the success they wanted...but both were great games. They never utilized the dual analog sticks with more shooters which is a damn shame. Bringing back all of these old PSP games with no online support was a bummer.
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Too expensive to design for and not enough demand to warrant designing games for it. Cool piece of tech in all its iterations (except Go). Great way to emulate with buttons and sticks which is far better than phone emulations.
As someone who got a Go brand new for $50 long after the PSP was considered 'dead' and has only used it when laid up or too lazy to go downstairs on the PC or PS3 I've definitely managed to get my $50 worth of use out of it.

Unfortunately with the battery for it being pretty much integrated into the system and requiring soldering skills to replace plus having to take apart the system itself to replace it it is pretty much a 'dead' system once that thing starts failing.

On the UPside though, selling the other Go systems I got new at the same time as the one I'm using for $250 APIECE was very, very nice and made my unit I kept absolutely FREE for me to keep and play. So there's that too. Wink LMAO
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