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Thinking about getting a PSP

GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
After seeing that Persona 3 will soon be on the PSP, and other shit like Disgaea that interests me, I'm considering buying a PSP. However, I know next to nothing about the system. Do I need to buy anything extra to put music on it? Should I just get this?

http://www.amazon.com/PSP-3000-Core-Pack-Black-Sony/dp/B001KMRN0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1250636305&sr=8-1

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    Captain VashCaptain Vash Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I believe there is currently a special edition final fantasy pack that will include a decent sized memory card and seems like it would be right up your alley

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    GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I believe there is currently a special edition final fantasy pack that will include a decent sized memory card and seems like it would be right up your alley

    Can't find it on amazon... maybe I'm not searching right. Can you provide a link?

    EDIT:Nevermind, just found it. Gamestop exclusive, looks like a good deal. Thanks!

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    illigillig Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    i'd suggest buying a used one, as lots of people tend to buy them, use them infrequently, and then sell on in near-perfect condition....

    then invest in the largest memory stick pro duo you can find... for legal game backups of course

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The Dissidia bundle is your best bet. Good sized card, good game(Dissidia), pretty if not good film(Advent Children).

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    GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    The Dissidia bundle is your best bet. Good sized card, good game(Dissidia), pretty if not good film(Advent Children).

    Dissidia was the first PSP game that inspired any desire of the system for me, and AC was pretty cool. This is probably what I'll get after I finish DDS. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky on my birthday and I won't have to drop 200$.

    I already have a DS though.... is there any signifcant overlap between the two game librarys?
    then invest in the largest memory stick pro duo you can find... for legal game backups of course

    Well.... of course.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Gammarah wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    The Dissidia bundle is your best bet. Good sized card, good game(Dissidia), pretty if not good film(Advent Children).

    Dissidia was the first PSP game that inspired any desire of the system for me, and AC was pretty cool. This is probably what I'll get after I finish DDS. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky on my birthday and I won't have to drop 200$.

    I already have a DS though.... is there any signifcant overlap between the two game librarys?

    Not really. I also have both. The only major overlap I can think of is Puzzle Quest, and it's vastly prettier on the PSP.

    If I have a choice, I'll usually go with the PSP, because the games tend to price drop quick, and they always look nicer.

    (I also have too many DS games, in comparison)

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    GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Gammarah wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    The Dissidia bundle is your best bet. Good sized card, good game(Dissidia), pretty if not good film(Advent Children).

    Dissidia was the first PSP game that inspired any desire of the system for me, and AC was pretty cool. This is probably what I'll get after I finish DDS. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky on my birthday and I won't have to drop 200$.

    I already have a DS though.... is there any signifcant overlap between the two game librarys?

    Not really. I also have both. The only major overlap I can think of is Puzzle Quest, and it's vastly prettier on the PSP.

    If I have a choice, I'll usually go with the PSP, because the games tend to price drop quick, and they always look nicer.

    (I also have too many DS games, in comparison)

    Lovely. Cheap games are a weakness of mine. I'll try to get the bundle. Thanks, H/A!

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    JokermanJokerman Everything EverywhereRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I'd recomend snagging a 2000 series psp used, as CFW is usefull for all sorts of things. For example, I hacked my old God Of war edition psp that was just laying around and gave it to my girlfriend and she uses it for all kinds of cool things, like an ebook reader, media player, etc.

    she gets no work done now. I'm a good boyfriend.

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    Al_watAl_wat Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I definitely recommend getting one. I still play mine heavily from time to time.

    Its cool how you can output to your TV (as long as its progressive and not interlaced) and play games that way.

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    GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Jokerman wrote: »
    I'd recomend snagging a 2000 series psp used, as CFW is usefull for all sorts of things. For example, I hacked my old God Of war edition psp that was just laying around and gave it to my girlfriend and she uses it for all kinds of cool things, like an ebook reader, media player, etc.

    she gets no work done now. I'm a good boyfriend.

    I am not so good with the hacking. Is it easy?
    Its cool how you can output to your TV (as long as its progressive and not interlaced) and play games that way.

    Thats cool, I didn't know that. Dissidia+giant tv=awesome.

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    Dr. GeroDr. Gero Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Do you have a PS3? You can stream your PS3 video over the internet to your PSP. Back on campus, I had TVersity streaming my video files from my apartment PC -> to PS3 -> thru internet -> to PSP. Having a selection of over 400 GB of video on a small, wireless device was awesome.

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    Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    illig wrote: »
    i'd suggest buying a used one, as lots of people tend to buy them, use them infrequently, and then sell on in near-perfect condition....

    then invest in the largest memory stick pro duo you can find... for legal game backups of course

    my friend seriously bought his to play god of war and has not touched it since. hopefully once he sells it, it will be to me and not gamestop

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    ArtreusArtreus I'm a wizard And that looks fucked upRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I probably shouldnt even be considering this because whooo boy me and spending too much money go way back, but is the PSP really still alive and kicking? Obviously the DS is doing super well, but I haven't heard anything on the psp front in ages.

    About how long does it have left as a viable handheld?

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    Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Artreus wrote: »
    I probably shouldnt even be considering this because whooo boy me and spending too much money go way back, but is the PSP really still alive and kicking? Obviously the DS is doing super well, but I haven't heard anything on the psp front in ages.

    About how long does it have left as a viable handheld?
    Ever since Monster Hunter Freedom 2, the Monster Hunter series is pretty much the only portable game I play. Almost the only video game I play, actually. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is pretty much worth the cost of the PSP, the game, and then some.

    But if you aren't into Monster Hunter (HEATHEN!), then there are quite a few excellent games coming out on the horizon. The nearest release date is the port of Disgaea 2, I think, as well as a decent port of Soul Calibur. Motorstorm and Gran Turismo are slated for later in the year, and Little Big Planet is supposed to make an appearance (not sure when).

    Then there are the SquareEnix media megagiant releases, which I won't go into here (if you don't know about these, you've been living under a rock).

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    ArtreusArtreus I'm a wizard And that looks fucked upRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Artreus wrote: »
    I probably shouldnt even be considering this because whooo boy me and spending too much money go way back, but is the PSP really still alive and kicking? Obviously the DS is doing super well, but I haven't heard anything on the psp front in ages.

    About how long does it have left as a viable handheld?
    Ever since Monster Hunter Freedom 2, the Monster Hunter series is pretty much the only portable game I play. Almost the only video game I play, actually. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is pretty much worth the cost of the PSP, the game, and then some.

    But if you aren't into Monster Hunter (HEATHEN!), then there are quite a few excellent games coming out on the horizon. The nearest release date is the port of Disgaea 2, I think, as well as a decent port of Soul Calibur. Motorstorm and Gran Turismo are slated for later in the year, and Little Big Planet is supposed to make an appearance (not sure when).

    Then there are the SquareEnix media megagiant releases, which I won't go into here (if you don't know about these, you've been living under a rock).

    This is kind of a weird sentence. Are you talking about various final fantasy games or something else? Because if it is something else it is less living under a rock and more not following very much in the way of video game news that isnt directly related to games I want.

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    corky842corky842 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Artreus wrote: »
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Artreus wrote: »
    I probably shouldnt even be considering this because whooo boy me and spending too much money go way back, but is the PSP really still alive and kicking? Obviously the DS is doing super well, but I haven't heard anything on the psp front in ages.

    About how long does it have left as a viable handheld?
    Ever since Monster Hunter Freedom 2, the Monster Hunter series is pretty much the only portable game I play. Almost the only video game I play, actually. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is pretty much worth the cost of the PSP, the game, and then some.

    But if you aren't into Monster Hunter (HEATHEN!), then there are quite a few excellent games coming out on the horizon. The nearest release date is the port of Disgaea 2, I think, as well as a decent port of Soul Calibur. Motorstorm and Gran Turismo are slated for later in the year, and Little Big Planet is supposed to make an appearance (not sure when).

    Then there are the SquareEnix media megagiant releases, which I won't go into here (if you don't know about these, you've been living under a rock).

    This is kind of a weird sentence. Are you talking about various final fantasy games or something else? Because if it is something else it is less living under a rock and more not following very much in the way of video game news that isnt directly related to games I want.

    Probably just FF7: Crisis Core, re-releases (again) of FF1 and FF2, and Dissidia. Nothing totally new like The World Ends With You.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Artreus wrote: »
    I probably shouldnt even be considering this because whooo boy me and spending too much money go way back, but is the PSP really still alive and kicking? Obviously the DS is doing super well, but I haven't heard anything on the psp front in ages.

    About how long does it have left as a viable handheld?

    Honestly my PSP gets used less and less as the year goes on. Even less than my DS, and I use that once every 3 months. The PSP gets a rare gem every long while. I'd probably hold out for the PSP2 or something (hopefully it has BC) just so you can play some of the good games that have been released (mainly FF7: CC).

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    Unco-ordinatedUnco-ordinated NZRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    corky842 wrote: »
    Artreus wrote: »
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Artreus wrote: »
    I probably shouldnt even be considering this because whooo boy me and spending too much money go way back, but is the PSP really still alive and kicking? Obviously the DS is doing super well, but I haven't heard anything on the psp front in ages.

    About how long does it have left as a viable handheld?
    Ever since Monster Hunter Freedom 2, the Monster Hunter series is pretty much the only portable game I play. Almost the only video game I play, actually. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is pretty much worth the cost of the PSP, the game, and then some.

    But if you aren't into Monster Hunter (HEATHEN!), then there are quite a few excellent games coming out on the horizon. The nearest release date is the port of Disgaea 2, I think, as well as a decent port of Soul Calibur. Motorstorm and Gran Turismo are slated for later in the year, and Little Big Planet is supposed to make an appearance (not sure when).

    Then there are the SquareEnix media megagiant releases, which I won't go into here (if you don't know about these, you've been living under a rock).

    This is kind of a weird sentence. Are you talking about various final fantasy games or something else? Because if it is something else it is less living under a rock and more not following very much in the way of video game news that isnt directly related to games I want.

    Probably just FF7: Crisis Core, re-releases (again) of FF1 and FF2, and Dissidia. Nothing totally new like The World Ends With You.

    He's probably talking about FFVII: CC and FF Dissidia alongside the upcoming Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, FFXIII: Agito and Parasite Eve 3rd Birthday. Honestly though, if you're looking for totally new RPG's, you'll want to keep an eye on Level 5's games. Jeanne d'Arc was a pretty good SRPG, but Cardboard Senki and Ushiro are completely unique and look really cool.

    So yeah, the PSP is still alive and kicking and should get a healthy boost with the PSP Go's launch and all the other stuff they're launching around that time (like their App Store equivalent and Digital Comic Book Store).

    Anyway, the Dissidia pack would be a good bet since it comes with a decent memory stick. Then I'd suggest downloading the Media Go application, which should be on the Playstation website and that should help you keep everything on the memory stick in order (you can do it manually but it's annoying).

    Set up a PSN account too and have a look through the PSP Store (accessible from both a PSP and the Media Go app), there's some pretty good downloadable games available (including a bunch of PS1 games, like FFVII).

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    By the way, do NOT hold out for the PSP Go. It costs $80 more, and the only real difference between it and past PSPs is that it doesn't have a disk drive. ...seriously.

    Sony's already confirmed that all their downloadable stuff going forward will work on both past PSPs and the Go, so don't feel like you're missing anything.

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    HalfmexHalfmex I mock your value system You also appear foolish in the eyes of othersRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    cloudeagle wrote: »
    By the way, do NOT hold out for the PSP Go. It costs $80 more, and the only real difference between it and past PSPs is that it doesn't have a disk drive. ...seriously.

    Sony's already confirmed that all their downloadable stuff going forward will work on both past PSPs and the Go, so don't feel like you're missing anything.
    To be fair, it's also a drastically different design and is smaller than the current PSP. I'm not endorsing the Go necessarily, but there is more to it than its lack of a disc drive. Just saying.

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    Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    i think they saw nintendo constantly re-releasing the DS and said "MONEY!?!?"

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Well, forgot about the sliding screen thing, but that doesn't really affect gameplay.

    And the actual motivation behind the PSP Go is a combination of frustration over the failure of UMD movies and a desire to be more like the iPhone.

    At any rate, there's nothing really in it you'll miss.

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    Dr. GeroDr. Gero Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I believe the PSP Go has a smaller screen, plus it looks uncomfortable to use (similar to the cramped feeling on the GBA SP).

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    GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Wow, very informative thread. Thanks for the info on the apps and the PSP Go. I love my PS1 games but some of them have been... damaged, so I'll probably download a lot if they have any that I'm missing.

    And I don't have a PS3, so no streaming video. Would be cool though.

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    BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I really do like the PSP. I've used it for so much of my music when I go on trips, and if you convert videos to it, it's a pretty good video player, as well.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The PSP Go is such an awful idea, and I hope it ends badly, but that's for another thread.

    I use my PSP roughly a third of the time. The DS gets most of my attention just for quantity of games, but I'm still quick to switch to the PSP when I need some DJ MAX or Puzzle Quest.


    Everyone should play DJ MAX; it even has a demo if you doubt how awesome it is.

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    BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Yeah, DJ Max is a great game, for sure. Too bad it didn't really sell that well (to my knowledge).

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    mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    One more thing you'll need when getting a PSP too - good ear/headphones.

    I couldnt hear shit when playing on the train with the stock ones, but got some nice in ear Sony headphones and the game is all I hear.

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    GammarahGammarah Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    One more thing you'll need when getting a PSP too - good ear/headphones.

    I couldnt hear shit when playing on the train with the stock ones, but got some nice in ear Sony headphones and the game is all I hear.

    Cool, I'll have to pick those up.

    DJ Max looks interesting. Also minor question, should I get Disgaea for the PSP or DS? Does it matter?

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    ElinElin Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I've been thinking about getting a PSP as well, and I like the look of that bundle. My question would be, with the PSP Go coming out in October, is the original PSP UMD format going to continue to be supported? I'm hate to pay 200$ and then find out Sony isn't going to release new games on UMD. Or is the Go just a gimmick and you can DL the new digital games to a regular memory stick and play them on the regular UMD system?

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    ElinElin Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Gammarah wrote: »
    One more thing you'll need when getting a PSP too - good ear/headphones.

    I couldnt hear shit when playing on the train with the stock ones, but got some nice in ear Sony headphones and the game is all I hear.

    Cool, I'll have to pick those up.

    DJ Max looks interesting. Also minor question, should I get Disgaea for the PSP or DS? Does it matter?

    My husband had Disgaea for the DS and he likes it. The visuals are just the same as the PS2 version and you have the option of the stylus, although he doesn't like to use it. There is also the extra content on the DS version, I don't know if the PSP version has any extras or pumped up visuals as I don't have a PSP as yet and never bothered to check.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Elin wrote: »
    Gammarah wrote: »
    One more thing you'll need when getting a PSP too - good ear/headphones.

    I couldnt hear shit when playing on the train with the stock ones, but got some nice in ear Sony headphones and the game is all I hear.

    Cool, I'll have to pick those up.

    DJ Max looks interesting. Also minor question, should I get Disgaea for the PSP or DS? Does it matter?

    My husband had Disgaea for the DS and he likes it. The visuals are just the same as the PS2 version and you have the option of the stylus, although he doesn't like to use it. There is also the extra content on the DS version, I don't know if the PSP version has any extras or pumped up visuals as I don't have a PSP as yet and never bothered to check.

    The PSP version is a perfect port of the PS2 version.

    The DS version doesn't look half as good. It also removed most of the voice acting, and I believe Etna Mode is PSP exclusive(?).


    The DS did get some new content, notably Prinny commentary(!), but most consider the PSP version the way to go, especially with it getting Disgaea 2 in a month.

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    manjimanji Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    pspvideo9 will let you convert avi's and the like to psp sized mp4s, which you can then just drop on a memory card. mine sees more use as a portable media player than a games machine in all honesty.

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    corky842corky842 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    If you're planning on using it for music, get the remote. They're really cheap used at Gamestop.

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