Sony PSP Consoles
The Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) was released in 2005 with an excellent reception because of a large screen, capable hardware and familiar control scheme that previous PlayStation console owners are familiar with. Portability is also its strength, with a streamlined design that is extremely pocketable. Over the years, the handheld console has seen many revisions as well as a successor capable of even greater graphics quality.
What versions of the Sony PSP are available?
- PSP-2000: The first redesign of the original PSP saw a slimmer form factor and a rebrand called 'PSP Slim and Lite'. The PSP-2000 had a built-in Skype application for video and voice calls as well as a Wi-Fi phone service.
- PSP-3000: Also called the PSP Brite, the PSP-3000 boasted an improved screen with greater colour range, five times more contrast than its predecessor and lower pixel latency to reduce ghosting experienced by players in racing titles and such. They also added a microphone and redesigned disc tray along with a video out cable to hook it up to a TV.
- PSP Go: The PSP Go is the most drastic redesign of the console, featuring a sliding mechanism that further improved portability. It was criticized for its reduced ergonomics compared to its predecessor. It has an internal flash memory of 16 GB for digital downloads and media and is expandable by up to 32 GB with a Memory Stick Micro. The battery is also internal, which means users cannot change out the battery for extra power on the go.
- PSP Street: The last iteration of the console is a budget-friendly option featuring a mono speaker system but without Wi-Fi.
What are some good accessories to purchase?
- Case: Buy a good case to store your PSP console along with extra games, batteries and memory sticks for long road trips or plane rides. Many cases feature a thick enclosure that has many compartments for accessories and essentials like UMDs and earbuds.
- Cover: For daily commutes, all you may need is your PSP, but protecting it from sudden drops and scratches is always a good idea. Fit a silicone cover to add protection and gripability or get a plastic shell with an interior rubber lining that can take the impact of a drop.
- Stereo Dock: Use your PSP as a mini media centre by purchasing a stereo dock that plugs into the AUX port to play music and charge your system simultaneously. Some designs are also portable.