So what else should Sony have used instead of UMD for the PSP?
Cartridges... expensive for large capacities
DVDs... physical size too large
8cm DVDs... same size and capacity as UMD, but without protective casing
Hi-MD discs... could have worked, but too slow for read access and Sony probably would have been criticised for not letting MD die.
Download service... download games to mem stick. Increased risk of software piracy vs UMD. Takes time. Although I you can now download PSP games from the internet to Memory Stick from the PSN store.
But if you're in an airport and want to buy a game for a long flight, I don't think many people would be willing to pay airport hotspot prices, then have their PSP caning the battery by downloading a 200MB-1.3GB game over WiFi, where it's not unknown for connections to drop!
Restricting sales to people with net access at the time the PSP was being developed (2002-2003) would have been a bonkers idea.
How many people had broadband in 2003? I'd bet the majority of consumers with internet access in 2003 were using dial-up.
Damn Sony and their proprietory technology.
How are N64 cartridges selling these days?
However things have moved on these days and having said all that, a download service is the only method for a future PSP. And installing download kiosks in computer game shops for you to download using USB would be pretty cool.
Face it, portable games usually come on proprietory discs (apart from the GP32X or whatever it is).
What I don't get is why there was no way to hook the PSP up to the PS2 and let your PS2 rip a DVD to your PSP. There was no centralised firmware updating going on for the PS2 to add features like that. They should add that to the PS3 firmware, using the power of the Cell processor.
Just interested to know what the author proposed as an alternative media to be able to purchase games on?
I use my PSP all the time, mostly for watching video/TV shows I've missed that I transcode (UKNova's a wonderful thing!)
Plus since I flashed it and installed M33 custom firmwares last year, I've been playing all my old favourite games from old consoles, and using it as a reader to read PDF files on the go.
Obviously the Nintendo DS can do all that with homebrew as well.
Touchscreen would be an ok addition to the PSP, but I'd rather have the shoulder buttons split into 2 so that it's easier to control old PS1 games. Always bugs me that when I load up a PS1 game on the PSP.