I covered this (in depth) in another forum, so I won't bother doing it again here.
But in short - I played a PSP for about 10minutes. Looks great, nice screen, etc...
Then I got bored of it. Its just a cut-down PS2, and that's all it will ever be. Never picked one up again, and never will. Most of the good games will eventually come out on the PS2 anyway.
Most of the games I love on the DS are simply not possible on a PSP (or a console). Its different, and the games are different. And that's why the DS outsells the PSP by 5:1 every week in Japan.
your mother said:
I also think that many people have the impression that the PSP is a portable PS2, and if you already have a PS2, then why buy another?
well "your mother," you certainly nailed that one. Vice city stories has yet to be ported to PS2, I don't think portable ops will be, lumines, size matters...a bunch of others...will not be ported to the PS2. who wants to play a PS2 port of a PORTABLE console?
the only thing the DS can do that the PSP can't is touchscreen. i'd like to know how many games use that really well (I honestly don't know and would like to if someone wants to tell me). but the PSP can also emulate old games (atari to PS1 and everything inbetween), and for free.
as for load times, playing the games on the memory stick improves that greatly and I'm able to do that for any game. it can also use other software such as a radio player.
So, the DS has a touchscreen, which is certainly unique for a game system, but the psp has a lot more capabilities that the DS doesn't have: video, music, better graphics, wifi connection to ps3 (soon from anywhere), pictures, radio and other free aps, and soon skype (phone capabilities using software and internet), etc...
besides the unique DS games (and again, the PSP has its own), the biggest advantage the DS has is price. so, just with the PS3, the price comes down to all you want to do with it. I think the PSP is worth the extra $70 to be able to do all of the above I mentioned. b