PSP E1000 – Desperate Attempt To Get Your Money Or A Clever Plan?
The PSP has seen many a re-release and rehash during the span of its’ life, and it would seem that Sony isn’t about to let the console take its’ last breath just yet.
At the end of 2011 Sony unleashed upon the PAL world, a new version of the beloved PSP console. But What does this console offer that the earlier incarnations didn’t?
The PSP E1000 offers another re-designed form factor of the PSP shell that gives it some of the comfort offered by the original PSP and all of the weight loss and technological advances of the latest generations of PSP console. These include enhancements like an improved screen and a faster UMD Drive that all feel very welcome. However, although the E100 further enhances the base hardware of the last PSP “The PSP GO” it also does away with some features that a hardcore PSP gamer might miss. The Wifi capability of the PSP has been done away with in order for sony to cut the costs and make this console a budget console that will sell well in a crippled economy.
What does this mean? Well, this means no internet and no Multiplayer. Now I never really found the PSPs’ web browser to be of any real use, but the lack of multiplayer made me think long and hard before I pulled the trigger and made the purchase.
Another cost cutting measure that Sony made to the console was cutting the speaker down from stereo to mono. There’s now only one speaker.. and surprisingly it sounds pretty damn good. It is worth mentioning that although the speaker is mono the hardware isn’t. This means you can plug in your favourite headphones and listen to your music in stereo.
One more think worth noting about the E1000 is its’ battery, and before all of you reading this assume the doom and gloom that would come with cost cutting a battery, let me say that the battery capacity is on par if not better than any PSP model to date. The bad news is that the battery is non-removable.
Why Sony did this remains a little bit of a mystery, but it starts to make a little sense after a while. The PSP Go used a hardwired battery during its’ tragically short life span.
Sony might just be using this design because it was the last thing set up and probably the cheapest option. Now the question on anyones mind when they hear any mention of a new revision of a PSP handheld is “Can it still be hacked?” Yes, yes it can. Just look up your usual sources and you’ll be running homebrew in no time.
Is this console worth it?
Do you have an old PSP or do you just want something a little more updated and a little bit more stylish? if yes, this might be for you. Just make sure that Internet and Multiplayer aren’t two very important features for you, and you’re on to a winner. The PSP has got a massive amount of great games in its’ library that you should definetely check out. Couple that with all the great Homebrew that the matured scene has offered us over time, and the fact that the console is budget cheap and a fresh new take and you might find yourself being swayed.
Did Sony make the right move?
Yes they definetely did. In times where money is tight and gaming is casual. I couldn’t think of a better, cheaper and more stylish way to get a console like experience in the palm of your hand.
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