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PSP and DS Lite review

Ok so I spent all my money yesterday and purchases a DS Lite with Tetris, and an accessory pack.

And then I bought a PSP with LocoRoco, Metal Gear Ac!d, Monster Hunter Freedom and The Evil Dead, along with a usb cable and screen protectors, and I also had picked up Midway Treasures that day, and Exit, The Silent Hill Experience and Dokodemo Issyo.

Ok so onto the boxes and the contents, the PSP I feel comes quite nicely, although it is a value pack, so the point of it is added bits and bobs. The picture below shows the contents which are an AC adaptor, a pouch, the PSP itself, a remote thing for the headphones, some headphones, a strap, a cleaning cloth and the instructions and free demo. The only bit I can really complain about is the “demo” it says in it’s little booklet all about what’s in it, so music, video and games as they call it, but they fail to mention anywhere that these so called games are bloody rolling demos which I am disappointed with.

Now the DS Lite’s contents I was a little disappointed at as all you get is a spare stylus, adaptor and instructions, stars and so on. But that’s probably just as from looking at the PSP in comparison, which would come with more than normal anyway. I’m also a bit disappointed as the box for the Lite is very flimsy and unlike Nintendo.

I thought at first I’d compare the sizes of everything, firstly all the current handhelds plus my phone, so from left to right you can see a normal silver DS, a black DS Lite, a Gameboy Micro (my coolest in the world Famicom version) my phone and a white PSP. The Lite is so much smaller than the normal DS it may not look it but when holding both there is a very big difference, but of course that’s nothing compared to the size of the micro, but that’s not coming into this topic. The PSP is only a little bigger than the Lite, so that’s ok, but I don’t buy a console for size anyway. But overall I have to say I really like the size of the Lite compared to anything, as it fits nicely in your hands and the screen isn’t too small (like the little micro).

Now I’ll go on about the screen, although it’s not that easy to when they don’t like having their picture taken, but I’ll show an image with the normal DS screen and the Lite screen, as you can see it is a lot brighter, you can see this easier in person, but there is a large difference in it. Plus the screen is a lot sharper; this can be seen instantly when usually playing on a normal one then switching to a Lite.

Now you can also see the PSP’s screen, I think it has a lovely screen, but everything seems to now, only problem I think I’m gonna have with my Lite and PSP is if I decide to play on one outside as I don’t think I’m gonna be able to see too much. I just wish I could get better pictures of it to show how nice it looks.

Looks wise I’ll have to say the PSP and DS Lite were designed very well aesthetically, I like the look of them in general and there’s not much else I can say really. As the Lite has less visible buttons it makes it looks like it’s a more basic console where as the PSP has more giving it a look that it is not so easy to just pick up.

Now a weird topic area, buttons I really like to have soft feeling buttons on consoles, makes it feel nicer, the DS Lite’s buttons now have a softer feel to them, making myself appreciate them more, the dpad is a tiny bit smaller and now features the cross hair type print on them similar to the micro and Wii. The buttons now feature Century Gothic as the font, which does actually look rather nice. The start and select buttons are now tiny, I don’t really like it that much though.
The PSP’s buttons aren’t as nice as the DS but they’re just like a Playstation controller really, I do find the L and R buttons rather freaky though as they are see-through. One thing I don’t really like is the PSP has so many buttons on the front, and makes it look a bit cluttered.

Now one thing I’m rather worried about with both these systems is if I’m going to scratch them up at all, I’ve had them three days now and they seem fine, but I do look after my things. The DS Lite gets covered in fingerprints way too easily, but can just be wiped off. With the PSP it doesn’t show so much as it’s white. I’ve put screen protectors both of the Lite’s screens and the PSP, which I hope should stop them from getting scratched, I don’t really know if I’m going to be able to prevent the Lite from getting hurt on it’s outside though.

I would just like to add in that I like the size of UMD’s and they’re really a lot smaller than I thought originally, it’s nowhere near as small as a DS game but it is actually smaller than a Gamecube game.

Now of course the second I got home I really wanted to have a play on both. Shoved them both on charge, turned on the DS Lite, did my daily brain training, did that fine, no problems whatsoever, when I finished, I just turned it off and left it to charge. I put them both on at the same time, so they could both get done around the same time, so after that I went onto the PSP played around with the settings a little, made sure to get a feel of the system, then I popped in Monster Hunter Freedom. And I seriously thought there was something wrong with my PSP, I then tried LocoRoco, and the same, I then gave up and left it on charge, going back to my DS to play Tetris DS.
I then went out and when I got back the PSP had finished charging up, so I go to put a game in and now it works. And not being able to play while it’s charge isn’t that great, I’m not the kind of person who can wait too long to play a game, and of course I was dead tired by the time I got to play on it, but that didn’t matter me so much. So yeah, thumbs down for the PSP on this occasion.

Now games wise, there isn’t a massive library of games available for either the PSP or DS yet, I think there are slightly more for the PSP, but that’s because Sony have licences with so many people. Something I find rather cute with the DS games is a lot of the games on it have incorporated the initals DS into them, for example Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow But overall I think if you want an original game the DS is for you. As at the moment the only real “different” game is LocoRoco or maybe Exit. But other than that games such as Gitaroo Man Lives! won’t be out for a while.
Where as on the DS you get Brain Training, Kirby’s Air ride, or Warioware Touched, now the games aren’t all so original in style but they are the first games really to use a touch screen in such a way. When Point Blank comes to the DS in Europe, that is the time when the DS will be amazing.

When talking about games I think both systems are great, as on the PSP I can play great RPGs, can’t wait to get my hands on Breath of Fire III, (I don’t like the hassle of having to switch the leads in the TV to play it on the PS2) and the DS is great for platformers and just weird games like Rub Rabbits, but when it comes to playability, which I must say is very important when concerned with a handheld. Since I got my DS Lite, I’ve been playing Tetris while waiting for a bus, it’s great and if I get bored I can just choose another style of Tetris and the time flies by and then an hour later my bus is there. But I played Monster Hunter when my mum drove me to work last Sunday, and it wasn’t too great as I was doing a quest and firstly I couldn’t see it very well, and it was a fishing quest where I had to see when a fish was on my line, but it was so bright outside I couldn’t see, and I then ended up having to finish it at another time cos it was taking so long. Now to be honest I think the only game on the PSP I’m going to be able to play on the go is Exit, as with LocoRoco I’m going to want to pick up every little mui mui and berries so I’m going to want my full attention on the game. Now it’s bad with the DS and Brain Training as you can’t pause so I’ve ended up getting crap scores when checking to see if my bus it there, but overall it’s nice playing a DS on the move as it’s not too involving.
I’m not saying the PSP is bad, just it’s more of a handheld to play on when you don’t have anything you’re waiting for, so say sitting in a room at home, or in bed.

Prices, now I did spend rather a lot of money on these two, as you can see from how long my receipt is.

But as the Lite is only £99.99 I find that a reasonable price, since it’s a nice little console, and the PSP, well I don’t know how much it is for a normal base PSP but I did want a white one, so I could only get a value pack. But for £179.99 I think it’s actually quite reasonable as well, (mainly since I was worried about what to keep it in as I can’t afford a LocoRoco pouch at the moment, gonna be so cool though) but I then found out a pouch came with it, which is actually a really nice pouch, not what I want but it’ll do for now. I’m going to get a lot of hours of play out of these consoles, I’m happy I went out and finally bought a PSP and now I can play some games multiplayer with Charlotte my sister which is cool.

The only real downsides are that the battery life for the PSP is a bit short, and it’s not easy to see the screen for either in sunlight, but that’s how things are and you can’t really change it without blocking the sun out, plus of course the fact that now GBA games stick out the DS Lite

Overall I’m happy I spent all my money on these two lovely consoles, they are well worth the money, and I recommend them to anyone who is into games even if they hate Sony with all their life.

So briefly I’ll just rate the main bits

PSP

Weight 6/10
Look 9/10
Overall Size 7/10
Simplicity 5/10
Sound 10/10
Buttons 6/10
Games 6/10
Battery Life 2/10
Third-party Support 10/10
Screen (size) 10/10
Price 6/10

DS Lite

Weight 10/10
Look 9/10
Overall Size 10/10
Simplicity 7/10
Sound 9/10
Buttons 9/10
Games 7/10
Battery Life 8/10
Third-party Support 7/10
Screen (size) 9/10
Price 8/10

I’m very happy I bought these, please feel free to leave any comments concerning my review.