To begin with that I personally am super happy with this E1000 (Street) version of the PSP. Seems that it has received a lot of unfair criticism which I want to try to respond.
Many reviews I read hung up on things like this version missed out on the hardware. And the conclusion of this is then usually that this variant is total garbage. Which I of course think is totally wrong. Everything depends on what you want out of their portable game machine. For me, it fits perfectly for what I want to accomplish. Sony have so clearly stripped away things that are considered less important today and at the same time brought down the price, which I appreciate.
* No Wi-Fi
Multiplayer is for me nothing I want then I'd rather play a little quiet rpg's in my stillness. Should I play hectic multiplayer so will the Battlefield 3 on a PC editing instead. That you can not visit the playstation network is for me not the world. All you want to transfer is done easily with a USB cable from their computer.
* Mono speaker
One thing that many people want to magnify that a huge problem is the lack of stereo speakers. Come on. It's Mono instead of Stereo. Not the whole world. The sound is still quite ok and it is stereo you want so feel free to plug in a pair of headphones (As many will still use.)
* No TV-out
Why buy a portable if you still play on their TV? Nothing I personally miss and happily live without. Do I want to play on my TV, I use PS3'an.
* Non-removable battery
This would possibly look like a small drawback. At a guess, the decision to do this because of earlier "pirate methods" to run homebrew via custom batteries. There had of course been handy to have the option of switching to another battery on long trips. However, as the battery life is really good. Maybe better than previous versions as this has not been assorted battery consuming features like wi-fi. I personally just run games via memory card instead of UMD, which probably also contributes to better battery life. The battery would wear out is the ability to contact Sony to get it replaced.
* The price
Many believe that a price tag of approximately 7-800 - is too expensive. Depends of course entirely on the economy they have but I would think that around a thousand is what Max would want to pay for something portable. I can not help but compare with the recently released VITA. A product that costs a couple thousand just like the PSP did when it was released back in the day. It is impossible for me to buy a VITA today for the price and the meager game variety. Certainly, I will buy one in the future then also the cost 7-800 -
People also say that you can buy an earlier version much cheaper which I can not directly agree with. Firstly, they are no longer manufactured and what is there is almost impossible Used vehicle copies. I only buy new. One can certainly order one from England or the U.S., but it did not look in any way like it will be cheaper.
I read a lot about how previous versions of PSP had various problems with ghosting and other things. Lets just say that the screen on this is very bright and good with no noticeable ghosting. Perhaps poor viewing angle if you twist and turn it, but nothing to interfere in regular use. What I understood so eh this best screen of all.
What I read so should "check" button to be a bit higher than before, which people like because it gives better control. For me, everything feels good and works as it should. Possibly could buttons at the bottom to be a little easier to press. It is a "Touch Strip" with buttons during which you have to push a little extra on. Nothing huge problem but can be difficult to find in the dark sometimes. I had still preferred the "Real" buttons.
There is swelling more or less a fact that the development of PSP games have stopped. However, there is already a wide range of games is enough for most a long time. Not to mention all the emulators to emulate your past games from a variety of formats. Games are also generally cheaper than before and'll probably just be even cheaper with time.
Many nojjar that previous versions had "metal" around and this only has "regular plastic." I see no problem with the design or durability. Treat it just well, it will probably keep the same extend as any other portable game machine. Some point out that the trunk is a bit "flimsy" but nothing that bothers me when I do not use UMD's. Overall, nothing to complain about.
For the price and what you actually get for your money, I think it is a good investment for a gamer who wants to experience everything the PSP (and other things via emulators) has to offer. I am extremely pleased and will certainly play more than I should. Some argue that playing games and more on their mobile is the coolest sedans sliced ??bread. However, I prefer a dedicated gaming contraption and this PSP'n is exactly what I want. So clearly had a VITA also been fun but simply too expensive, better to wait. PSP may be "dead" by some but still a better choice right now than VITA according to myself.