That said, it was quite the impressive machine at the time: an ARM60 32-bit RISC CPU, a pair of video co-processors, the ability to play audio and video CDs, and the possibility of using up to eight controllers at once, to name but a few.
But if you want to ensure a lag-free experience in low settings, be sure to have at least a 2.0 Ghz CPU, 512 MB of RAM (minimum bandwith of PC3200), and a 128MB graphics card that supports the latest version of DirectX.
This year, Sony is seeking to top themselves with the new Playstation 3, which is speculated to be released in November 2006, boasting a new CPU, multi-platform capability and Blu-Ray laser technology.
"Practice" is where you can hone your skills against a dummy CPU opponent, and "Tutorial" teaches you all you'll need to play the game, including basic movement, power shots, and combos.
The basic pieces - CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse - are obvious, but once consumers start to consider what is actually inside those components, many of them are scratching their heads.
If you will be manipulating videos and audio or playing the latest games, then a quad-core CPU will be better suited to deliver the power you need, but it won't come cheap.
Like the PCSX2, much of this has to do with the graphics and framerate, because the PS2 sports a multicore architecture that is difficult to mimic on a single-core PC CPU.
With hi-res graphics and a fast CPU and strong GPU, the PSP is a good choice for handheld gaming enthusiasts, especially those who want to play Sony exclusive games.
If you aren't looking for the practice the opportunity offers, you can turn the settings down on the game (single round elimination and easy CPU battles).
CPU cycles have replaced the passing of time.