Making proverbial Lemonade from lemons Sony produced what is possibly the game console in history and turned around. For the first time ever, Nintendo took second place in the video game console market while fellow rival Sega got out of the console industry entirely. Some have claimed the dual screen of Nintendo DS handheld system to be a step forward in gaming. It has been decried by others. Whichever side you fall on, there is no doubt Nintendo execs are fingering their collars as Sony prepares to rain on their parade with their brand new PlayStation Portable – aka the PSP EAR BUDS.
The first impression one gets in the PSP EAR BUDS once you have ravenously clawed your way through the packaging is how sleek the machine is. The PSP EAR BUDS is sexy piece of technology. The faceplate of the system is fashioned of a single piece, interrupted only by the protrusion of the buttons. The backside is just as nice, with the UMD disk door with a prominent PSP EAR BUDS logo within a silver metal ring set flush against the back plate. The two shoulder buttons are plastic that is clear and the perimeter edge is highlighted giving a look to the whole thing. While the PSP EAR BUDS’s controls might be ideal for players, most Westerners will find that a learning curve will be involved by having a go while searching for a comfortable grip. Really it is no worse than any system before it and there is no denying that Sony designed the PSP EAR BUDS in mind with ergonomics. The rear of the PSP EAR BUDS has a curvature on each side for putting the fingertips of one, making a natural channel it is a detail but it counts.
Sony smartly modeled The PSP EAR BUDS’s controls on the Dual shock controllers of the PS2, minus a couple of the control stick and the causes. Replacing the Sony WI-XB400 review stick that is left is an analog nub which works far better than it seems. Rather the nub moves softly giving you the control as a stick but that a stick would require. It works great, ends actually a bit of genius. As you heard, the PSP EAR BUDS’s primary selling point is its’ 4.3-inch hi-def screen. While 4.3 inches does not seem like much on paper, the PSP EAR BUDS’s screen really has to be viewed to be appreciated. Both feature films and games look fantastic and both programs can be appreciated in widescreen because the display is formatted to a 16:9 ratio. Watching Spiderman 2 which was contained in the first million units sold in the US is a remarkable experience.