Like last year, the Sony stand wasnâ€™t really a stand. Instead of mixing it with the rest of the exhibitors on the show floor, Sony had a separate area in which to show off its wares. If you can judge how good a press conference is by the size of the queue, then the Sony event was set to be a good one, especially since despite the queue, admittance was invitation only.
For me there was only one thing that I was desperate to see on the Sony stand, and that was the PSP. Iâ€™ve been trying to decide whether I should order Sonyâ€™s new PlayStation Portable from an online retailer in Hong Kong, but now that Iâ€™ve seen it Iâ€™ll be sending my credit card number across the globe as soon as I get back to the UK.
Forget about all the pictures that youâ€™ve seen of the PSP (including the unflattering one above), no photograph can do this device justice. The PSP just looks stunning â€“ the whole device is dominated by the huge screen, the likes of which has never been seen on a portable gaming device before. The quality of the screen is nothing short of breathtaking when you see it first hand, especially when youâ€™re watching video.
If thereâ€™s one thing that might affect the desirability of the PSP itâ€™s the physical size. The PlayStation Portable is a pretty large device that reminds me of the ill fated Atari Lynx, although itâ€™s much slimmer and lighter. But when you hold the PSP in your hand, you forget about its size and just stare at it â€“ this really is one of the best looking consumer electronics devices ever created.
There will be a full review of the Sony PSP as soon as I manage to get my paws on one, and I sincerely hope that wonâ€™t take too long.
After the PSP, the coolest device on the Sony stand was a small TV that can stream video right into the palm of your hand, from pretty much anywhere in your home.
Of course, whether there is a need for a TV that you can carry all around the house with you is debatable, but itâ€™s definitely one of the coolest gadgets Iâ€™ve got my hands on lately.