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Is the PSP to expensive?
« on: March 24, 2005, 10:00:36 am »
I think yes.

It's a handheld and most nintendo handhelds are around $100. The PSP is like your paying for a brand knew consule. Tehn theres the chance of scratching the screen or something getting broken if your not careful (it's like gameboy advance, it ain't going to be easy to keep in a pocket)

What does everyone else think?



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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2005, 12:47:38 pm »
To quote the title of a little article I wrote on my website a while back. "The PSP Made me Broke and Ruined my Life"

So yes, I think the price is extortionate.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2005, 03:36:18 pm »
Yes I too think it's too expensive. However Sony knew that they would be able to sell the first batch (1-2 million) no matter what, so they made the price as high as they thought possible. It will probably stay at $249 until Christmas and then fall to $199 at this time next year (unless it's a huge insane hit, and then they'll keep the price high as long as possible). But right now if you want it, you gotta pay for it.
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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2005, 06:04:45 am »
This is why i don't buy consoles and whatnot.  You can be sure to get a PC which will last you (note i say LAST, not be teh uber l33t hax pc of pwnage) a good 2 years or so for about 300 (make it a little more expensive in $).  With that you can play most of these games a few months later anyway, and at far better quality.  Sorry... but i'll always love my PC more than my consoles.  Although i did love my Megadrive and Dreamcast.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2005, 06:07:16 am »
This is why i don't buy consoles and whatnot.  You can be sure to get a PC which will last you (note i say LAST, not be teh uber l33t hax pc of pwnage) a good 2 years or so for about 300 (make it a little more expensive in $).  With that you can play most of these games a few months later anyway, and at far better quality.  Sorry... but i'll always love my PC more than my consoles.  Although i did love my Megadrive and Dreamcast.


But can you play "Spiderman 2" On your car with your pc? :D


I think it's a bit too expensive, but i can't resist, sorry..


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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2005, 08:13:45 am »
If i wanted to watch dvds on the go AND play games AND work, i would buy a laptop - which would last me even longer.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2005, 11:51:41 pm »
Wouldn't want to watch a DVD while driving my car anyhow. ;D
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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2005, 06:11:20 am »
Precisely  ;D.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2005, 06:40:26 am »
The PSP is too expensive for a portable game system and a cheap i-pod idea.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2005, 02:06:53 pm »
No

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2005, 08:30:27 pm »
It's out now, and it is $300(I don't know euro or pounds) in a city that is just big enough for a political map.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2005, 06:23:51 pm »
it is WAY to expensive. kids at my school can easily afford it, though. I wish I could but I just invested in a new computer. I really hope that the price drops for Christmas. Then again, I don't even know if I can bear waiting that long.

The price is absolutely ridiculous. It doesn't help any that the games and movies are expensive as well.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2005, 06:39:33 pm »
I've really been going back and forth on weather or not to get a PSP. I think it's probable that I'll get one eventually, but not within the next 18 months. Main reason: the price.

I seem to get a console for Christmas every year.

2002: Gamecube
2003: PS2
2004: DS and a really good gaming PC

My prediction for the next couple years:

2005: XBox 2 (or whatever the hell Microsoft's gonna call it)
2006: PS3
2007: PSP??? (it might be affordable by then)

As you can see, I don't plan on getting one anytime soon.
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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2005, 11:44:42 pm »
I guess I was relatively lucky in picking mine up at $248.00. ;D

 I think part of the problem people have with paying the price is that they look at what the PSP currently does, and not what it might be made to do. Let me show you an example: Most people see it as a portable video game system, that does a few other secondary duties as well (DVD, Audio, picture slide show). As I was driving to work today, I looked over at my PSP as it sat in the passenger side seat and thought to myself Wouldn't it be nice if the PSP had a dashboard car cradle like a PDA. After a few miles of travel I started giving this serious thought due to how the PSP has a slightly unusual layout for power, USB, Headphones. You see most handhelds put the power jack in the back as well as the headphone jack, and just about any other connection, but not the PSP (with the exception of the USB, and iRDA ports). Could this be because of space limitation? Or perhaps a future planned navigation system. It would make sense, your power, and audio points strait down making it easy for connection to the car, the USB points up, perfect for a GPS (With two locking screw areas as well.). With a 1.8 UMD and up to 1GB Pro stick, and the huge PSP screen you would have a very competitive GPS system. This would also go with the Sony's idea of this being and "all-in-one" device.
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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2005, 08:56:16 am »
Almost NO store ran out of stock of PSPs and i think that is because their so damn expensive.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2005, 08:14:21 pm »
Almost NO store ran out of stock of PSPs and i think that is because their so damn expensive.

So do I. I recognize all of its extra features, and I know that it's sort of worth it that way, but still, its $250! And its an investment too, since games are $40-50, movies are DVD priced, and duo sticks are pretty expensive as well. I will wait it out, but I don't know how long my patience can hold out.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2005, 10:39:06 am »
Why not just make a portable PS2? Here is a a link to someone who has made one. Maybe not a pocket-sized console, but portable nevertheless.

http://www.benheck.com/Games/PS2p%201.htm

Also incase anyone is interested here is way to turn the psp's browser that is only ment for download's only into a fully functional web browser.

http://www.hackaday.com/entry/1234000247037796/

Since most of you can't afford the psp (like me) then I guess this will only be useful to a few people, if they don't know already. So there is a possibilty that this post is pointless, but I'll post it anyway.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2005, 09:17:22 pm »
No, I don't think the PSP is too expensive at all and I enjoy mine alot.



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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2005, 09:13:03 am »
To me it looks delicate - uncovered -- fragile. Add that to its price? And yeah.

But I've gotten a Sony PDA that was released at over twice that. Trick is that it does a lot of the same things. As long as it keeps working I don't need a PSP to play videos. And the fact that Sony did an abrupt 180 and left the PDA market with practically NO warning, leaving all current users with no replacements, few accessories, and vanishing support makes me leary about ANYTHING Sony anymore...

When the dead pixel complaints started coming out - I shyed back even more...

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2005, 06:59:10 am »
Yes

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2005, 02:35:22 am »
The PSP is going to be released in New Zealand on September 1st, and will cost about NZ$470, (which is about US$342)

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2005, 08:42:12 am »
Yeah it is a little expensive.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2005, 12:52:24 am »
Do I wish the PSP were $199, yes. But come on the iPod shuffle costs $149 and it just a crappie flash player. What are you guys going to think when the next gen consoles cost $400 plus and the games $60?

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2005, 05:11:53 am »
Working in retail, I saw about as big a boom for PSP's as I did when I bought a dud batch of firecrackers... maybe one or two went off, but other than that, it was any other day.  You saw a bunch of stupid rich snobs (the same ones who buy a 300 dollar iPod for their seven year old to take to day care with) buying 250 dollar playtoys for children that could barely see over the counter.  There were of course, the normal folks (but still insane for spending 250 bucks), and some of them returned the PSP's saying that they just couldn't justify spending a quarter grand on technology they could buy in a larger size for half the price (and I will smite anyone who toots that miserable "OMG teh UMD pwnz" horn).

Granted, feeling the shiney goodness in your hands (display model) is a feeling of great power, but it ain't worth 250 dollars, it isn't even worth 200.  There are much better setups you can spend that money on, like saving towards a laptop or an LCD to put into your car, where a simple micro-ATX computer mounted in your trunk can provide more entertainment than a PSP ever could.

PSP = rich kid toy and fanatic treasure.  I envy those genuine gamers who saved up for a PSP.  But I scoff at the 7 year old kid who drops the box as soon as mommy hands it to him.

And 400 dollar consoles?  I'm not going to buy one.  It's that simple.  I'll wait until they're half price just like the PS2 and XBox did... Since I've owned a computer, I've found consoles to be an extraneous expense.  HOWEVER, consoles are usually fairly priced for someone who hasn't made their lives out of a computer.  While I only paid the rock bottom 150 dollars for both of my consoles, I've gotten more than 150 out of each (especially the good ole PS2).  If I didn't have a computer, I'd be buying the XBox 360.  I've just already put a grand into a computer, so it's hard to justify putting 400 into older hardware.  I do have to mention that consoles ARE the better value, provided you amass enough games.
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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2005, 08:24:44 am »
The PSP is more expensive in europe and I am not rich... but I still want one and can afford it.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2005, 09:12:31 am »
As I said.  I envy those genuine gamers who want one and have saved up.  If it's your thing, go for it.  I suppose I should have not generalized so much.  I meant that I mostly saw the PSP going to little rich kids who had no idea what it was aside from the fact that it looked pretty.  I still think even 250 US dollars is too much for a not-quite-PS2 with an LCD attached, but because I don't see the merit in it doesn't mean there isn't any.  Sorry if i offended yah.
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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2005, 09:48:17 am »
Just do what us poor people do and wait it out, I haven't seen too much of a kick and scream about them.. and am sure it won't be long till sony drops the price.

The benefit of those spoiled little rich kids is usually after a week they get bored with them, which means that if your really lucky you might see a few being sold second hand in the local paper.. for nearly half the price. Have seen this with the gameboy advance, the sp, and even the ds more recently.

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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2005, 12:41:58 pm »
As I said.  I envy those genuine gamers who want one and have saved up.  If it's your thing, go for it.  I suppose I should have not generalized so much.  I meant that I mostly saw the PSP going to little rich kids who had no idea what it was aside from the fact that it looked pretty.  I still think even 250 US dollars is too much for a not-quite-PS2 with an LCD attached, but because I don't see the merit in it doesn't mean there isn't any.  Sorry if i offended yah.

I think it is just as much normal people who buy it as rich people, I have money for it because I haven't over spended it. Just because you are poor (not saying you are) and can't afford some thing that doesn't mean every body who buys, said product, is a rich snob.

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Re: Is the PSP to expensive?
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2005, 09:09:12 am »
I just purchased one and really love it so far.  Since I travel alot, it fits those 15-20 minutes of time I have to kill so I can game in places where I didn't before and without having to fire up the laptop for every layover.  Plus I've met alot of cool people who get curious and ask to check it out.