News: Sony PSP
Posted by JayGo :: 10:11 AM
More news from Sony now, who appear to have decided to do Nintendo's negative publicity for them..
Question marks over the 'real-world' battery life of the PSP remained today, following comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment's Ken Kutaragi in a recent interview with Impress PC Watch which add weight to fears that the handheld console's lithium battery is currently ill-equipped to handle the more graphically intensive games for more than a couple of hours.
The article goes on to say that the battery life shall be improved in future iterations of the PSP.. which begs the question of quite what the point of being an 'early adopter' is. You pay more, get a worse product, and barely get to play the games you bought the thing for. Well, I'm sold. On the Nintendo DS, at least. If you haven't got the battery power to keep such a high powered machine running for a long time yet, then maybe that's an indication that you shouldn't be releasing it yet..?
Tellingly, Kutaragi admitted: "A puzzle game will last longer, but Ridge Racer will probably be shorter than that." An interesting comment that is a logical, but obvious observation that any game that maxes the PSP's capabilities out will cost the battery life dear. Anyone expecting game which constantly stream data off the disc, such as Grand Theft Auto or Sony's own The Getaway will most likely be disappointed, with Sony keen to ensure all games pass stringent battery life tests before being released.
Still. Wonder what they'll call the improved second version of the PSP. The PSP Advance? The PSP SP?