J.M. Smith of GamersMark writes:
"Early in its life cycle, the price of a PlayStation Portable was often a point of ridicule for those who supported Nintendo's DS. The latter system's $130 price tag has given it a nearly untouchable status in the handheld market. Certainly, this lower expense was the main reason that I initially shied away from purchasing Sony's entry into the handheld market. Once I finally got my hands on a PSP, albeit as a birthday gift, I began to realize just how much functionality comes out of such a diminutive device."