Quote by Ars Technica:You can't shop around for the best deal with your games, you'll never be able to sell a game, and the system is completely locked down when downloading a purchase. The controls are more cramped, and Sony has made sure you can only buy their cables. The wireless standard hasn't been upgraded, and the system is significantly more expensive than any of its competitors. When you close the system you see a big, beautiful screen you can't do anything with.
In other words, this system is for people who don't mind rebuying all their content, never buy used games, and don't mind paying more for less. If you're agoraphobic and the idea of driving to a physical store to buy a game is terrifying, this system is for you. So we're looking for a gamer who is both wealthy, and frighteningly antisocial.
I love the OoBE:
- Turn on system
- Connect to wireless
- Must update firmware
- Download firmware
- Charge battery before being allowed to install firmware
- install firmware
- connect to PSP shop
- download game
Up to three hours before you can start playing! Three-piece power cords, no standard connections, PS3 required for bluetooth hookup, can't do anything while downloading, uncomfortable design, outdated wireless, expensive. I'm not a PSP fan, but this... Wow, this is hilarious. Good going Sony.
The entire ars review is worth reading.
UPDATE: So are the comments, where the article's author replies to a user comment:
User: Sony have pretty much said that its deliberately that high to provide retailers with extra margin...
Author: Sony actually said that to me, and as a gamer it doesn't make me feel better that Sony inflates the price on the hardware to get retailers to stock the hardware so it can inflate the price of games.