The PSP is the new nostalgia of handheld gaming
In late 2004, Sony released their first handheld gaming console – the PlayStation Portable or PSP. The gadget was a big step for the Japanese brand, who was dominating the home console sales, providing the means to expand their gaming prowess to people who prefer to play on the go. The handheld was very impressive that time due to its similar capabilities to the larger PS home console. The device also had an extensive gaming library, providing known titles and indie games that suit both the casual and the competitive players. Today, the PSP is at the end of its lifespan, but its strong following is still seen up until now, giving both nostalgia and amazement to those who play the handheld device.
The different iterations of the PSP
It’s always been a staple of Sony to rerelease their gaming devices in different iterations through the years. The reason for this is to spread evenly the qualities of that gaming console between the different models and hit several of the target audiences, as well as fix the bugs the previous iteration has. For the PSP, the Japanese corporation released the PSP 2000, fixing the previous PSP’s bugs and putting it in a much slimmer form factor. The PSP 3000, added and enhanced the PSP 2000 other specs and increased the gaming library to include Wi-Fi DLC. Late in 2009, the PSP Go was released, the smallest and the most special console for high-end users. Finally, Sony’s PSP-E1000 was released as a budget gaming console for those who still want to play the handheld, without spending much. Whoever or wherever you are, you can be assured that there’s a PSP console that’s just for you.
Why buy PSP?
- Sony’s first handheld gaming console that has similar features to the PS2 and PS3
- Console’s long lifespan indicates the console’s success
- Extensive videogame library that plays just like the PS2 and PS3
- Different PSP models assure that you can find the PSP that suits you
- General Overview: The first iteration of the PSP released in 2004. This handheld takes all the graphics and capability of the PS2 and put it on a portable system that you can play on the go
- Technical Specs: The standard PSP has a 480 × 272 TFT display, that can stream HQ games using a 1-333 MIPS R4000 processor. The 32MB built in memory holds majority of the system software, although this can be expanded via a Memory Stick PRO Duo
- Additional Features: The PSP plays games via UMD Game Disk, accessible separately from the console. The PSP 1000 also comes with a charger and mini-USB cable. You can also plug a 3.5mm audio jack on the device.
- General Overview: Two PSP versions were released as an update to the PSP. The PSP 2000 fixes all the bugs of the previous iteration, and expands its memory up to 64 MB for System Software and 64MB RAM. The PSP 3000, meanwhile, upgrades the look of the console and adds Internet connectivity for wireless online gaming.
- Technical specs: Similar to the 1000, both newer PSPs come with 4.3-inch displays, running on a 1-333 MIPS R4000 processor. Its larger contribution is the added feature of connecting to the PSN to stream and play online content.
- Additional Features: The PSP 2000 and 3000 can play games via UMD Game Disk or through online DLC. The consoles also use , Memory Stick PRO Duo to expand their built-in memory up to 16GB. The two PSPs come with a charger, and optional case.
Sony PSP 2000/3000
- General Overview: The PSP Go is Sony’s high-end PSP console, exclusively for more casual types of gamers. This PSP drastically changes the console’s design, becoming more portable and much sleeker in appearance, while maintaining its technological prowess.
- Technical specs: The PSP go features a smaller 3.8-inch screen that slides up to reveal its controls. The smaller screen maximizes the 480 × 272 TFT 16:9 display, making the graphics more defined and almost HD. The memory is also boosted up to 16GB, expandable via Memory Stick Micro.
- Additional Features: The UMD compatibility is absent in this PSP version, only relying on DLC to play games stored on its memory. The console also comes with a protective case, charger, and earphones
- General Overview: The last PSP console to be developed. This console uses similar technologies coming from the PS Vita to play all the PSP games in HD. The added features, however, are similar to the 2000 and 3000 iterations.
- Technical specs: The PSP E1000 pays homage to the original PSP version by implementing the similar specs, powered by the Vita’s more advanced system. 64MB System Software, expandable via Memory Stick PRO Duo, and 64MB RAM
- Additional Features: The PSP E1000 brings back the UMD, this time playing version exclusives that can’t be played in the older iterations. This PSP is also supported by PSN, allowing you to play games online and download content.