$249.99 is the price point that Sony decided was a good starting point for the US release of the PSP. The only thing I can manage to utter is, are they crazy? The DS is $149.99. I don’t care if the PSP comes with a carrying case or a bunch of other crap that I may or may not need. How about fixing the battery life issue? I know these will sell like hotcakes, but I am not dropping 3 bills on a portable console and a game. I also find it funny that they can justify the $50 pricetag for portable games.