*UPDATE* PSP demo drought compared to Windows, Xbox 360

Loco Roco Halloween at Sony PSP siteA complaint at Curmudgeon Gamer brought up an often unspoken concern: how come the PSP doesn’t have more demos? According to the source, he was told to try the Ridge Racer 2 demo, and he heard about the Loco Roco Halloween demo. So, he went looking for more, and after a valiant search for other demos, all he found was a “pitifully small” amount (he found less than a handful at Sony‘s site).

“When I was a Windows game player, I loved demos, and more than one of them turned into purchases.” Excellent point. As you can tell from personal experience, you’re more likely to buy a game (or at least be excited about it) if you’ve already tried it.

“It [talking about demos] kept me in touch with my system and I played it more as a result.” Another excellent point. You and I know that the PSP is one powerful system. The Ridge Racer 2 demo reminded us of that.

The homebrew community is always busy exploring new ways to make the PSP great. Then there’s Sony that keeps telling us that the PSP is great. But wouldn’t it be nice if we got demos from Sony to prove that the PSP was great? You know, less talking and more playing, action, fun, and solid gaming.

Microsoft is doing something similar with downloadable demos of newly released games on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360.” Excellent point again. The Xbox Live community is alive and kicking. The games are selling.

This is where we depart from the Curmudgeon article. Let’s talk about PS3-PSP interconnectivity. Do you think that when this plan takes off, we will find ourselves rolling around in demos? Will plans for the PS3 online service mean that a more robust PSP online service will follow? Sony’s already considering things like PS3-PSP friends list integration: surely they’ve already considered something as simple as more demos? Or are we being too optimistic?

Speaking of demos, has anybody found the Jeanne d’Arc trial version?


Update: I never said that the PSP or Sony sucks. What I did say was that we want more demos! So we’re all glad that some demos have been posted at our forum. If you have more demos and trial versions to post (*cough* Jeanne d’Arc *cough*), just feel free to head on over there.

Discuss: [Forum PSP General Thread]

Loco Roco Halloween at Sony PSP siteA complaint at Curmudgeon Gamer brought up an often unspoken concern: how come the PSP doesn’t have more demos? According to the source, he was told to try the Ridge Racer 2 demo, and he heard about the Loco Roco Halloween demo. So, he went looking for more, and after a valiant search for other demos, all he found was a “pitifully small” amount (he found less than a handful at Sony‘s site).

“When I was a Windows game player, I loved demos, and more than one of them turned into purchases.” Excellent point. As you can tell from personal experience, you’re more likely to buy a game (or at least be excited about it) if you’ve already tried it.

“It [talking about demos] kept me in touch with my system and I played it more as a result.” Another excellent point. You and I know that the PSP is one powerful system. The Ridge Racer 2 demo reminded us of that.

The homebrew community is always busy exploring new ways to make the PSP great. Then there’s Sony that keeps telling us that the PSP is great. But wouldn’t it be nice if we got demos from Sony to prove that the PSP was great? You know, less talking and more playing, action, fun, and solid gaming.

Microsoft is doing something similar with downloadable demos of newly released games on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360.” Excellent point again. The Xbox Live community is alive and kicking. The games are selling.

This is where we depart from the Curmudgeon article. Let’s talk about PS3-PSP interconnectivity. Do you think that when this plan takes off, we will find ourselves rolling around in demos? Will plans for the PS3 online service mean that a more robust PSP online service will follow? Sony’s already considering things like PS3-PSP friends list integration: surely they’ve already considered something as simple as more demos? Or are we being too optimistic?

Speaking of demos, has anybody found the Jeanne d’Arc trial version?


Update: I never said that the PSP or Sony sucks. What I did say was that we want more demos! So we’re all glad that some demos have been posted at our forum. If you have more demos and trial versions to post (*cough* Jeanne d’Arc *cough*), just feel free to head on over there.

Discuss: [Forum PSP General Thread]

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