PSP: Commodity Fetishism


‘Didn’t the future turn out to be a bit of a disappointment? Why are we still not travelling by jet pack? Where are the magnificent cities on the Moon ? The superpowers settled their differences amicably, thus denying us both apocalyptic wastelands and roaming mutants , while most galling of all is that despite a concerted letter-writing campaign, the major food manufacturers flatly refuse to make me any Soylent Green . Basically, its all been a let down. Until now.’

‘The PSP is the first piece of technology that really feels like it would be at home in science fiction. It looks beautiful. Shiny, black with a large screen and chunky perspex shoulder buttons, it has the hard futuristic look of William Gibson’s finest cyberpunk . . .’

‘The future really did make it then, 2001’s black monolith is here at last, four years late but every bit as impressive’

With PSP not only do we live in a science fiction world, but reviews of the console also inspire SF’s cultural history.

Taken from today’s Observer Magazine


    Robert Andrews

    September 11, 2005

    That’s a bit much, isn’t it?
    A similarly wordy critical analysis might conclude that it’s an
    unimaginative piece of black plastic.

    Still, better looking than the DS, though.


    September 11, 2005

    Have you SEEN the graphics, mate?!

    Unimaginative piece of black plastic indeed . . .


    September 11, 2005

    As a proud owner I have to point out that buying such gadgets is
    saving the world – one gadget at a time.

    music, tv and a wifi browser, and it even plays games apparently.


    September 11, 2005

    *Future Now*


    Soylent Green presented a future where people lived in cars that never went anywhere, surely that could never “happen.”:

    In other “news”:,,2087-1774831,00.html Bugatti have just created the world???s fastest, most expensive ??? and most polluting ??? sports car. Progress? Well at least the seats will be confortable when we are all sleeping in them.

    And there moto Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive.

    matt goldman

    September 11, 2005

    My girlfriend bought me one as a graduation present! 😀


    September 11, 2005

    … another ‘gadget’ to add to those amassed in the ‘cwtch dan star’ … ?

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