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  • It works, it loads pages and does a competent job of rearranging web pages to fit on the smaller screen, but the whole experience comes across as a tacked-on feature, you can load different tabs but there is no tab bar to see what you've opened
  • All right still good, I found that the audio Podcasts work flawlessly but the video is just completely screwed up
  • Chains of Olympus and it's the best looking game for the PSP, you can also try out the quirky Patapon if you want something different

    • by Angeleyes
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      I am trying to think of a proper analogy for the Sony PSP Slim, many have called it the “The Swiss Army knife of Portables”, but I personally prefer the “Jack of all Trades, Master of None”.

      The Sony PSP Slim, aside from its primary function of playing games, also does the following but sucks at many of them.

      1). Web Browser:

      It works, it loads pages and does a competent job of rearranging web pages to fit on the smaller screen, but the whole experience comes across as a tacked-on feature, you can load different tabs but there is no tab bar to


      see what you’ve opened. You have to go through each tab separately and that gets annoying after awhile. It allows you save images, but refuses to do so for whole web pages for no apparent reason other than “We can’t be bothered with that”.

      2). RSS:

      Yay! PSP supports RSS! I can read all my Blogs on the PSP effortlessly now! Right? Wrong. Sony refuses to support text RSS, this is only for audio and video Podcasts. All right still good, I found that the audio Podcasts work flawlessly but the video is just completely screwed up.

      A 320×240 AVC Vodcast will work fine as will the mostly unused 720×480 ratio videos, but the PSP will completely refuse to playback 640×480 resolution files! It other words, it will just not playback most of the Vodcasts available on the Internet. Another stupid example of Sony’s “Can’t be bothered with that” attitude.

      3). Audio Playback:

      Great, it played all my MP3 music files with no trouble at all. The speaker is seriously underpowered, but a good set of earphones should be good enough.

      4). Video Playback:

      Terrible. Most of my Videos, even the MPEG4 AVC still need to be converted to a format and resolution the PSP will like. Sony should ...


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      be able to fix this, but I’m not holding my breath.

      5). Images:

      PSP does a fine job of fitting images to the screen but seems to choke on some high-resolution pics.

      6). Games:

      The main reason to own a PSP Slim and quite simply this rocks! Being more powerful than PlayStation 2, the games look great on the widescreen LCD, the speaker is not that loud but as I said you need a good set of earphones to properly hear the sound. I am currently playing through God of War: Chains of Olympus and it’s the best looking game for the PSP, you can

      also try out the quirky Patapon if you want something different.

      But even in the games there are some problems, but this time it really isn’t Sony’s fault. Developers just don’t seem to produce games only for the PSP concentrating on creating games for the PS2/PSP/Wii combo, so we get ports like Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, Manhunt 2 and countless others.

      Sony needs to get game publishers to create more exclusive titles for the PSP.

      Playstation Portable should not mean that developers be lazy and just “Port” titles to the system, we consumers deserve better.

      Rounding Up:

      Great system but with many flaws that weigh it down.




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