The original price of the PS3 was too much, but when compared to all that must be purchased to get the full X-box 360 experience, including the price one must pay to play online with the 360, both consoles’ prices were about the same. In the end, the purchase made should really be based on the types of games that appeals to each individual.
Some employees will say that the price fine when one considers what is put into the machine, however, after getting the machine, what does it have to offer that would justify keeping it rather than trading it in for something else? Is it really worth it?
The knowledge of Sony’s new handheld came about just before E3. Many speculated it would be called the PSP Go! When E3 finally came around and the company confirmed the rumors, they revealed that the handheld would be capable of holding 17-18 games, despite our wondering who could possibly have so many games all at one time, unless Sony intends to answer the demand for other classics that many actually want to play.
Besides that, I for one was amazed by the capacity of the thing; I, like many think that it seems to be a good idea, and the greatest set back is the price. Sony is blind to the problem, defending it as they usually do, by saying that what is put into the system, what makes it what it is is why its price is rather steep.
I would purchase it, but it would have to be cheaper; after all, it isn’t replacing what already exists, so why should I pick that over what I already own? All we’re really paying for is a gigantic memory stick with a screen and buttons(quite like the memory units for the Dreamcast, just… larger….)
Another issue is the fear of this possibility: companies make games solely for digital distribution, and the game stores stop selling UMD discs altogether. It’s a problem, because then we’d all have to pay for more memory sticks, and those of us who don’t have or want credit cards will have to go out on a constant basis to see if maybe the store has PSN cards.
Another thing that Sony has appears to not have considered is the potential customers who don’t have Wi Fi. I remember that I went insane looking for SOMEbody who had Wi Fi so that I could download Final Fantasy VII from the PSN. We finally have Wi Fi here, so it’s no real issue for me, however, what about those who don’t have Wi Fi? What should they do then?
Other than that, the only thing I find slightly bizarre besides the price is the design. It resembles phones from T-Mobile(which could be overlooked, since Sony has a deal with them)amongst other companies, but it’s not so bad.
Those who purchase it will no longer be plagued by the oil left behind by their fingers on or near the screen. The biggest problem with its design would have to be the placement of the thumb pad and analog stick; it seems as if you’ll inevitably push down on the right button while trying to move in the games.
Despite the button placement issue, I would purchase it if it weren’t for the price and if I can justify it later. Basically, buy at your own risk.