AN OPEN LETTER TO SONY CORPORATION – PSP

I know i venting here, but i needed to post this so someone other then a computer would read it. I have no idea if anyone as unhappy as i am with this but i sure am.


I emailed Sony today, and let them know. At least i vented
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Sony Computer Entertainment America
Human Resources
919 East Hillsdale Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Foster City, CA 94404
800-345-7669


To whom it may concern,

I originally purchased my PSP system during launch v.PSP1001 and have used it and been have happy with it all this time thru the numerous systems software upgrades that have added additional software functionality to my system allowing me to further enhance the unit singnificantly.

However; over his past week, i have been trying to install Skype onto my init after seeing many of my friends and colleges using the software on their units. To my complete disatisfaction and shock, Skype and a number of functionality is not available to version 1000 systems. The launch systems. The system that i have is version # 1001.

Skype and many other ‘enhanced’ software upgrades, are available on system hardware version # 2000 / 3000 (the newer, slimmer, cheaper, better) version of the PSP but not on the version #1000 (the original, more expensive, thicker, early adopter, Sony loyal) users such as myself.

I must say that i find this very disturbing, and borderline insulting specially as a user who did dish out near $300 for the original unit (with tax) on launch day. Only to find that the newer, cheaper unit, ($199) is so much better is Sony has completely neglected the original user base who made the PSP what it is today by spending so much money on the system, by trusting in Sony Corporation and it’s products and now being left, forgotten, made obsolete with a system that still is not!

How insulting it is that NO effort was made to make the original v1000 hardware system fully compatible with all other software that has come since is truly an abomination and a kick to the face of all those users who trusted in Sony Corporation. I am dismayed that my unit is not functional as all other units are even as it stands in perfectly working order.

All efforts should have been made to make all PSP hardware version fully compatible with all software to be approved for the PSP system. No exceptions. How you can allow this is truly and slap in the face across all those hundreds of thousands of customers that have purchased the original unit. With Sony Corporation basically saying “Go out and buy a new PSP and throw away the old one, it’s no good no more. Pollute the environment!”

You should make all units fully compatible with everything immediately, or exchange v1000 hardware version to support you own current standers.

I am sure not to even get a response to this, but i voice my opinion… and you KNOW that theres ONE customer who is NOT a happy customer with you today.

You may contact me if you would like. You can use the email on the top of this blog, i will be sure to get it.

Sincerely,
Lohan
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Rumor: Co-op Clone Wars game coming to Xbox 360, PS3

via Joystiq by David Hinkle on 4/23/09

A rumor posted over at Destructoid points to a new Clone Wars game in the works for Xbox 360 and PS3. Titled Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, the game is described as a third-person action title featuring two-player co-op, with separate “Jedi” and “Clone” storylines featuring Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, respectively.

The game’s focus is supposedly on melee combat, with mention of some form of upgrades available throughout the game. Jedi characters will purportedly have some access to Force powers (gasp!), such as the ability to control droids (Dtoid’s post mentions rolling Droideka).

Krome Studios has had plenty of experience with the Star Wars franchise. The company handled porting Star Wars: The Force Unleashed to the Wii, PS2, and PSP, and was responsible for the Wii-exclusive Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels. Let’s hope the third time’s the charm here.

Game Consoles Sucking Up $1 Billion in Energy Costs Per Year

via Gizmodo by Adam Frucci on 12/30/08

According to a study by the National Resources Defense Council, Americans use up about $1 billion worth of energy per year powering video game consoles, enough to power the entire city of San Diego.

It’s a pretty staggering figure, but I’m willing to bet that figures on the power consumption of things like refrigerators and washing machines are even worse. Any serious appliance is going to suck up a lot of juice, but that doesn’t mean we should throw them all out.

However, those folks who leave their consoles on all the time aren’t doing their energy bills any favors. With the Xbox 360 consuming 119 watts in active mode and the PS3 consuming 150 watts, turning these systems off when you aren’t playing is kind of an obvious move. But apparently a lot of people just leave them on all the time, leading to one very basic question: why? Both systems have features that’ll shut down automatically after a certain amount of idle time, seems like a no brainer to turn that on if you’re too damned lazy to turn them off yourself when done playing.

[NRDC via EcoGeek]

Product zenergy: Microsoft making ‘Zune Xbox app’

via Joystiq by Randy Nelson on 12/22/08

PlayStation 3 and PSP play nice together, so we’ve always been a bit baffled as to why Microsoft hasn’t created similar synergy between the Xbox 360 and its iPod-chaser, Zune. Now it looks like MS is taking steps to formally introduce the devices to one another – at least that’s what one of its job postings suggests.

According to CNET, Microsoft is looking to add a user experience designer to its Zune group, with a focus on the Zune user interface, Zune PC application – used to access the Zune Marketplace – and … the Zune Xbox application? It could be that the company is working on a means to (finally) download, manage and transfer Zune Marketplace content on 360 to Zune (and vice-versa). MS has said that the New Xbox Experience will make it easier to roll out extension services (see Netflix and Photo Sharing) without the need for major system updates.

[Via Engadget]

Sony Slowly Backing Away from UMD, Snuggling With Digital Distribution

via Gizmodo by matt buchanan on 12/17/08

The rumors Sony is working on a PSP2? Pure confusion, says Sony exec John Koller. Rumormongers are somehow mistaking its push to digital distribution, away from UMD, as work on PSP2. Uh huh. [SAI]

Parasite Eve follow-up moves onto PSP

via Joystiq by Griffin McElroy on 8/2/08

It’s been eight long years since we’ve last seen our favorite Mitochondria-battling cop, Aya Brea, in Square’s survival horror/RPG hybrid series Parasite Eve. Well, that’s not exactly true, we did catch a glimpse of her contemplating eating a bullet sandwich following the announcement that the long awaited next installment in the series would be released exclusively on mobile phones. Luckily, it seems Aya and RPG fans alike have dodged said bullet — during their DKΣ3713 Private Party event, Square Enix announced that this new chapter in the series will now be making its way to the PSP. It’s unclear whether a mobile version of the title is still in development.

Not much is known about the game, titled The 3rd Birthday. A trailer at Squeenix’s exclusive shindig didn’t have any gameplay or details about the game, though it did show Aya in a wedding dress, aiming a pistol at a shadowy figure standing in the doorway of what we assume is her wedding chapel. A gunfight on your wedding day?

Isn’t it ironic… don’t you think?

Sony Blu-ray-to-PSP Movie Transfer Gets Official

via Gizmodo by Matt Buchanan on 1/7/08

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Sony synergy FTW! Sony officially announced Blu-ray-to-PSP movie transfers at CES today. Pop a Blu-ray movie into your PS3, jack in your PSP and download to the portable or a Memory Stick for keeps. It’s sorta like pre-ripped iPod rips on DVDs, but on Sony’s ball field.

[Kotaku]