Okay, so the PSP didn't rock the gaming world or "change the face of portable gaming forever" but on its own it's a smashing success for Sony and valiant first-timer effort for a company that has all but become the standard in videogaming. Once an industry dominated by Nintendo Sony took the number one spot with poise and class.
But the PSP hasn't received quite the noteriety that Sony had hoped for but that really comes down to the lack of titles that separate it from its big brother, host to the living room, PS2.
If I had a dime for every article I've read about the PSP providing nothing more than slightly scaled down versions of current console games, I could buy back Bungie from Microsoft. Breaking down the acronym doesn't really suggest that the PSP will be anything more than a "portable PlayStation". That's what it says on the box and that's what it does. It's basically replicating PlayStation games but for on-the-go-gaming. Having said that, Sony does need to come up with a wholly original and groundbreaking title that distinquishes itself from the console market.
Nintendogs is a great example of that as it's the only game to truly break free of the stereotypical home console to portable console translation. Metroid Prime DS, Mario Kart DS, Mario 64 DS; all of these games are great on their own merits but even Nintendo is guilty of transferring games to their portable systems offering nothing more than a few gimmicks or quirks that make them original to the portable market. Sony isn't doing anything that Nintendo hasn't already been guilty of but they are missing a title that really takes advantage of the system. And without a touch screen there's little chance that Sony will find that sweet spot.
But I'm optimistic that there'll come such a game that'll really bring the PSP into the shining light it deserves. Maybe it'll be Gran Turismo with the online play promised in the console version. Maybe we'll get a ported version of God of War on the system or possibly a mini-sequel that could tie into an advanced storyline of the next game on the console (which would probably be the last great game for the system).
There's also the chance that this current generation PSP may never see a truly exceptional title that dominates Nintendo's systems but so long as Hollywood keeps crancking out movies the PSP will have a place in the digital world. There's little chance it'll ever break the steady stride that the iPod has garnered but it'll be third to none.
No matter. I'm a patient kind of guy. You pretty much have to be with this system since there are some games that take some time to load. And while I'm noticing some sound glitches and loading times with Prince of Persia, I love the fact that I'm in control of such a powerful piece of hardware that all the problems that the game has are overshadowed by the fact that I can't get an experiecne like this anywhere else (how's that for a run-on sentence).