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Dead pixels in the LCD display, short battery life and UMD discs that randomly pop out when the unit’s twisted. These are just a few of the gripes owners of Sony’s new PSP handheld console have been moaning about online.

The latest glitch is that almost 5,000 PSPs have had to be returned already due to a faulty button. The square control button is placed extremely close to the edge of the large screen, and Sony’s designers appear to have been unwilling to either move the button or shrink the screen. The result? The control switch inside the PSP isn’t actually directly under the button, which has meant a "sticky" or stuck button for some users. Surprisingly Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi responded aggressively to The Nikkei Journal over this fault saying: "It wasn’t a mistake. There may be people who complain about it, but that’s something users and game developers will have to adapt to."

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  • i think both the DS and the PSP deserve equal credit. From my point of view, I think that both gaming systems have their pro’s and con’s. I own a Ds lite and soon I am getting a PSP. Though the PSP has some problems, Its has games that really appeals to people like me. On the other hand, the Ds has a built in Wifi Reciever which also balances the scale. I just hope that my PSP does not give me any problems. Even if it does, Sony gives about a 1 year warranty so I just have to wait 1 year and see.

  • i think the psp is a great handheld but there are a lot of things that sony went wrong with they made it too hard to put songs or movies or pics on the fuckin thing….they made the screen way too big and there is no room for ur fingers to play tha system..i hope xbox comes out with a handheld

  • srry to say, kids, but in the PSP rules… DS is ok… i’m getting one when the DS LITE comes out, but still… I got a PSP for my b-day, & it’s totally kickass… It has better graphics, more mature games, music, video, pictures, internet… Dare I go on? so what if it has a glitch here or there… Don’t forget that so does DS… Nothing’s perfect… & it costs more because Sony has to pay to get the better processor & graphics driver & shit for it… The mem stick is a pain, but it still kicks ass compared to DS… DS only has more games, but the overall gameplay is gay… I played it at my friends & it sucked… I have to pay attention to 2 screens at once, hold it up with one hand (believe me, once the DS is open, all the weight goes to the top portion of the system & it’s a PAIN!), & use the other hand to touch the easily scratched touch screen… it’s a total pain in the ass… plus my friend already lost like 4 stylus’ & he has to keep buying more & more cuz they’re easy to lose… Oh… & to Nintendofanatic, PSP is superior… DS is more like a brick…

  • My psp won’t read the games I poot in
    and thay arnt durty or damigd pless coll me
    asap at 7452969.

  • As for actual games the DS has a better library. PSP just puts out horrible ports of better console version games. DS has way better creative design with better possibilities for games. The only thing my psp is good for is a portable emulator. I use that for playing some good ol’ NES, SNES games.

  • look, the psp is well better than the ds. iv played the ds and i own a psp. psp has well better graphics and a bigger screen. They say there are problems with the psp, but mine is perfectly fine.

  • The Ds will crush the psp.I’m saying this is the former owner of the psp.
    The Ds has better games, great graphics, a touch screen, a microphone, internet capabilities, free text messaging, fantastic games and MPEG 3+4 capabilities.
    These things have never incorporated in gaming before and deliver an experience which is truly unique. For the psp to even stand a chance the problems nedd to be fixed. The fact that they continued to release it when they knew about these problems is plain idiotic.
    People keep saying that the psp has better graphics, so what. If everyone thought that then everyone would be using a gaming Pc because they have better graphics then consoles ever will. Luckily, people remember that the games are the important part of a system. Meaning the Ds will prosper.
    The Psp has hardly any good games for it which have not been released on another console before. So why bother. The battery life is crap. This is because the games are so graphically intensive and the psp has an overpowering and inefficient CPU. Why? Because the Psp was hashed up as soon as they heard of Ninty’s plans. The movie player option is crap to. The play time is limited, due to battery life. The picture and sound quality is compressed by an excesive amount. And finnaly, Sony are asking you to pay more than a DVd to watch it on a smaller screen, along with all of the previous comments mentioned.
    There are thousands of Psp related problems around the web. Yet there are no real Ds problems. People moan about what the Ds can’t do, but there are no problems with what it can do.
    What idiot said the Gameboy is dead? The game boy is the most successful handheld to ever be released. You will realise after you see the GBA evolution in May. It will make the Psp obselete. ds sales wont be affected at all. Why? Because the Ds is a completely different piece of kit, designed to deliver a unique gaming experience.
    Whoever said all of the Ds games suck can shut up. Most of the games rule. Some of them are bad but any console release has thier share of crap games. Of course all of them use the touch screen, it would be stupid if they didn’t and the games would lack any real charm. As soon as Nintendo’s next wave of games are released psp sales will fall to the likes of Goldeneye, Zelda ,Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Resident evil, Metroid, Kirby, Pac Man, Need for speed, Donkey Kong, Lylat wars, Advance Wars and Animal Crossing. All of these are unique titles which anyone will enjoy.
    Hardly any Ds have been returned, because everyone has been satisfied with what they bought. 5% of sales is a huge percentage compared to other consoles. That 5% is not including the consoles Sony didn’t replace.
    Many of the Psp’s were not returned because Sony wouldn’t take it back. The fact that it has a 3 month warranty doesn’t shout ‘confidence’ from the rooftops does it. So why risk it?
    Many of you will realise when your console breaks. Don’t expect it to last long, after all it only has a 3 month warranty!

  • The Ds will crush the psp.I’m saying this is the former owner of the psp.
    The Ds has better games, great graphics, a touch screen, a microphone, internet capabilities, free text messaging, fantastic games and MPEG 3+4 capabilities.
    These things have never incorporated in gaming before and deliver an experience which is truly unique. For the psp to even stand a chance the problems nedd to be fixed. The fact that they continued to release it when they knew about these problems is plain idiotic.
    People keep saying that the psp has better graphics, so what. If everyone thought that then everyone would be using a gaming Pc because they have better graphics then consoles ever will. Luckily, people remember that the games are the important part of a system. Meaning the Ds will prosper.
    The Psp has hardly any good games for it which have not been released on another console before. So why bother. The battery life is crap. This is because the games are so graphically intensive and the psp has an overpowering and inefficient CPU. Why? Because the Psp was hashed up as soon as they heard of Ninty’s plans. The movie player option is crap to. The play time is limited, due to battery life. The picture and sound quality is compressed by an excesive amount. And finnaly, Sony are asking you to pay more than a DVd to watch it on a smaller screen, along with all of the previous comments mentioned.
    There are thousands of Psp related problems around the web. Yet there are no real Ds problems. People moan about what the Ds can’t do, but there are no problems with what it can do.
    What idiot said the Gameboy is dead? The game boy is the most successful handheld to ever be released. You will realise after you see the GBA evolution in May. It will make the Psp obselete. ds sales wont be affected at all. Why? Because the Ds is a completely different piece of kit, designed to deliver a unique gaming experience.
    Whoever said all of the Ds games suck can shut up. Most of the games rule. Some of them are bad but any console release has thier share of crap games. Of course all of them use the touch screen, it would be stupid if they didn’t and the games would lack any real charm. As soon as Nintendo’s next wave of games are released psp sales will fall to the likes of Goldeneye, Zelda ,Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Resident evil, Metroid, Kirby, Pac Man, Need for speed, Donkey Kong, Lylat wars, Advance Wars and Animal Crossing. All of these are unique titles which anyone will enjoy.
    Hardly any Ds have been returned, because everyone has been satisfied with what they bought. 5% of sales is a huge percentage compared to other consoles. That 5% is not including the consoles Sony didn’t replace.
    Many of the Psp’s were not returned because Sony wouldn’t take it back. The fact that it has a 3 month warranty doesn’t shout ‘confidence’ from the rooftops does it. So why risk it?
    Many of you will realise when your console breaks. Don’t expect it to last long, after all it only has a 3 month warranty!

  • I don’t give a mad f@ck what any of you think, when GTA comes out for the PSP next months it’s gonna bury the ds for good!!!!

  • The only reason so many people like PSP more than DS is because PSP costs $100 more (o_O) and because of this, many people assume the PSP is better. There’s something I learned a while ago: Never assume.

  • Fuck you all!
    The fist gen. Gameboy is the shit, the graphics dominate over psp, and with the attachable light its so much eaaier to see.

  • psp rocks. your all goobers and you think nintendo is good. psh, yea right. the psp is going to rock this world and smash the ds into peices.

  • freakinpissed,
    It may be “minor” problems but it has too much minor problems which creates one huge problem which may indeed cause the beginning of the end for the PSP.
    Phildo,
    How can you say Gameboy is dead! PSP deserves to fail! Nintendo have owned the handheld mark for so many years and Sony thinks they can release a amateur console that can only rely on is technical capablities, and expect it to overpower Nintendo!
    Don’t think so! By the way, history is repeating itself…remember the Sega Gamegear? It was technically superior than the Gameboy in every way and yet it still failed…miserably. Thats because Nintendo did not waste their time on trying to make the Gameboy tecnically superior and instead made much more entertaining games.

    Chad,
    What the hell are you talking about! At the moment the Nintendo DS has more third party support than PSP! Don’t lie to try and bash the DS! Its very n00bish!

    Nintendofanatic,
    Think again. The PSP hasn’t sold half as much as the DS and PSP owners have already returned 5000 consoles.

    Jay Cook,
    Yes I agree. At the moment some of the games suck. But these are just the launch titles…remember the GBA’s launch titles? They all sucked also and look how sucessful that became!

  • They PSP may have its problems. But who the crap cares? My god, dont twist your PSP. Who would do that anyway? Dumb idiots that want to break what they buy. And of course you can always send it back and get a new one. So your not losing $250.

    But the PSP will overpower the DS. The DS has crappy games and no real support.

  • My psp’s Infrastucture mode on twisted metal doesnt even work it keeps cuttin out on me and nothing wrong with my routter. If anyones got any advice (besides returning my psp) do share.

  • I have played both of the consoles and i can truthfully say the PSP has better graphics than the ds not to mention better resolution screen

  • PSP will kick the Ds’s @$$ all over the place. i got mine on reserve an i cant wait till it beat that @$$ sure it has problems but even with them its still hammering them and im a nintendo fan also

  • oh my god how many damn problems with the S$%^ty psp before i was sure i was going to buy it but now with all this F*&%$g problems i am not sure if i am going to buy it is 250$ and that money i dont want to throw it to the garbage.
    by the way i’am pist off.

  • i’m so disappointed in the DS. nintendo released a mediocre system that doesn’t stand a chance against the PSP. they have to design a brand new system in order to give the PSP any kind of competition. sorry people, gameboy is finally dead. sony will take over.

  • All the people that hate on the psp are just stupid. Sure it has some minor problems but what doesnt? Most of the people that hate it havent even tried it but judge it on what a group of people said. And that group was only less than 5% of the psp’s that were out.

  • the psp sucks! theres too many problems with it and the ds graphics aren’t the best but the system works perfect . i would rather have a workin system then a broken system.

  • Well man I’m a devoted Nintendo fan, and so far they have let me down with the DS. All the games suck, they rely on the touch screen without any variety at all, and the games coming out soon suck too.

    I HATE Sony, but at least they have some decent games lined up for the PSP. Add to that the fact that the DS’s graphics are shit, and Sony is going to hammer Nintendo.

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