All right, fighters, get in your corners. Let’s learn a little about these two future scramblers of the world’s handheld market, shall we?
With its two screens, Nintendo DS instantly shows its innovative face. But capabilities like a touch-screen input, voice recognition and wireless communication set it apart from every other game device, and again demonstrate Nintendo’s passion for groundbreaking originality.
Game players need only use their imagination to see how the DS promises to transform the portable game industry by changing the way gamers relate to their games – and each other. Two screens offer two perspectives on the action at once. The touch screen could make accessing items, moving characters or navigating menus as easy as a tap or drag on the screen. Voice recognition could let players simply tell the game what they want it to do. Chat software will let users transmit text messages, handwriting and even drawings to one another. And wireless functions could link players in the same room – or across the country. The unique features of the Nintendo DS hold a wellspring of potential for the future. Game players will be wowed.
Sony’s PSP comes in a black color, with a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD centered in a sleek ergonomic design with a high-quality finish that fits comfortably in the hands. The dimensions are 170mm x 74mm x 23mm with a weight of 260g. PSP features a high-quality TFT LCD that displays full color (16.77 million colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen.
PSP also comes equipped with diverse input/output connectors such as USB 2.0, and 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless LAN. In addition, software and data can be downloaded through a USB or wireless network onto Memory Stick™ PRO Duo. All of these features can be enjoyed on one single system.
PSP adopts a small but high-capacity optical medium UMD™ (Universal Media Disc) that can store up to 1.8GB of digital data. A broad range of digital entertainment content such as music video clips, movies and sports programs can be provided on UMD.
While the PSP may look sleeker and more technically well-endowed, the DS seems to have more features and nifty things about it. Also, currently there are more developers signed up for DS projects than PSP projects, and that’s usually the most important thing. The PSP also seems like it will be phenominally expensive and a bitch on batteries. My bet, if these two things aren’t fixed, goes with the DS. Alot of people, including me, though, say that the DS looks pretty “shat” and needs to be revamped, which Nintendo has said it will do, thanfully.
What are your guys’ thoughts?
[ 7/28/04: Updated with redesgned DS pic ]