loves2splooge has a point.
The PSP is doing fine. Gamers need to stop thinking that this machine has to be compared to the DS. Most MP3 players are not compared to the iPod. Success is based on if it makes the company money. Does the PSP do this. Yes. Then it's a success. It's not a runaway hit like the DS, but why does it have to be?
So who's fault is it that the PSP is being compared to the DS. Reviewers and Sony fanbois. They assumed the same kind of market sweep as the PS and PS2. Heck we are seeing the same kind of behaviour with the PS3. groaning, bitching, whining and finally shutting up. Instead how about stop wasting time with bitching about it's success, but not good enough. And instead enjoy the games and features it offers.
So yeah, love2splooges points are right, but that doesn't take away from peoples enjoyment for those who want it. It's a niche product for a niche market. At least it's there to provide for the niche market.
Plus I hear Birth By Sleep is coming in summer?
Edit: I got my PSP-3000 on Sunday :P. I finally get to play Crisis Core and beat up my friend at Dissidia... As soon as I pick them up anyways :P
Yep, you make a great point. IMO, Sony's strategy isn't going to win them a handheld war. But if the PSP really is profitable, then good on Sony and that's not a bad thing. The PSP offers a more home console-esque experience on the go gaming-wise as well as multimedia functions to boot. There is a market for that. It's just a lot smaller than the market for Nintendo handhelds.
Also if I were to mention one real advantage to the PSP over the DS in western culture, it's that it's more socially acceptable for a grown man to be playing a PSP in public rather than a DS. I love my DS and I have used it a lot indoors (not that much lately though since my Xbox 360 is hogging most of my gaming time these days. That is until Feb 16th.. Ace Attorney Investigations baby! lulz) but I never use it in public (unless no one is there to watch me. lol) because it takes balls for a grown man to whip out a DS in public in North America. Heck I've seen people online say that if you see a grown man with a DS in public, he's probably a pedophile (a perception that I find very offensive. You can be a grown man and still find DS games to be fun. The DS has a number of fun point-and-click adventures, has some fun stylus-oriented games like Elite Beat Agents, NSMB, Mario Kart, jrpgs, srpgs, etc. I hate it when it gets branded with the kiddie label. People in the west are so out of touch with their inner-child and reject their inner-child so much that it is sad.)
I have considered buying a PSP before just so that I could get in some handheld gaming during my commute in a way that would make me seem like less of a total dork (the PSP's handheld jrpgs/srpgs would be perfect for commutes. And I've heard that you can continue where you left off after you power off your PSP. Instead of having to rely on quick saves or putting your system in sleep mode) But ultimately I've decided against that because the PSP is the system that I'm least interested in. I'd rather invest in a Wii since I want to play the Wii games a lot more. Whereas with PSP, my perception is that it has great games but I can't pump up myself to get excited about the jrpgs/srpgs on it when the DS has a gazillion of them.