No one can deny that the PSP is an awesome piece of hardware, so what’s wrong with it? How does an underpowered DS continue to outsell it? I’ve got a few ideas that could help the PSP sell a few more units… if only Sony would listen to me…
The first problem is that a lot of the PSP’s games resemble console games a little too much. Just because a portable system can handle close to console quality graphics and game play doesn’t mean that people want to play these types of games on the go. It’s clear that people like pick up and play games for their handhelds, so Sony and other software makers should focus on simple games a little more. More games like Loco Roco would help the PSP compete better with the DS. The PSP isn’t a PS2. It only has one analog stick and it is minus two shoulder buttons. Developers would be wise to stop porting PS2 games and start taking advantage of the system's strengths. The best a PS2 port can be is sub par due to the control limitations, but that doesn’t mean that the system can’t handle intricate control schemes; it still has more buttons than the DS.
A second thing that Sony should do is push the PSP’s multimedia features a little more. The PSP Media Manager should come with the system so that people can easily start taking advantage of its mp3 and video playback capabilities right out of the box. The Media Manager simplifies things and really opens up the PSP experience. One can function without the Media Manager, but the technologically impaired may be put off by constant workarounds.
Finally, prices need to drop. The core system should sell for $149 and the value pack for $199. The core system should come with one of the “sock” cases and the value pack should include the system and its cables along with a USB cable, the PSP Media Manager, a 512 mb Memory Stick, headphones and the “sock” case. These packages would offer standard protection for the advanced PSP system along with real value. Someone looking for multimedia playback features would be much more pleased with a value package like this. Sure, it would cost Sony a lot more, but they’d also have increased sales. Game prices need to drop as well because $50 is just to much for a hand held game. They should be $40 tops. Really simple games should max out at $30.
In conclusion, I really think that Sony needs to take a good hard look at what it’s been doing wrong with the PSP. They’ve got a great piece of hardware and they just need to start getting more of them into consumer’s hands. What do you think? Why don't you own/like the PSP?