Sony Playstation Portable Overview
Sony have entered the handheld console market with the Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable). The PSP is what it says, a PlayStation compacted to the size of a handheld. This is shown by its supreme power of two 64-bit chips, which out powers its main rival the Nintendo DS. Much more than just a hand held gaming console the Sony PSP also plays UMD movies and can connect wirelessly to your Playstation 3 console to allow sharing of Music, Images and game data. In 2009 Sony released the Sony PSP GO! Console which boasted a massive 16Gb hard drive and new crystal clear 3.8 inch LCD screen.
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The PSP is targeted at those who love the experience of PlayStation's of the past, but on the move.
The Sony PSP uses a UMD (Universal Media Disc) which means this disc can be used all around the world and does not have restrictions regionally which hampers the use of DVD-style discs, like in the PS2. This also means that music and video can be played, increasing the PSP's functionality.
October 2009, saw the launch of the PSP Go, a sliding version of the original. This gives a more ergonomic layout and leaves the screen at a higher position, which also helps the gaming experience. The PSP Go is also shipped with a massive 16 GB internal storage - which gives you the option to add other media files to it.
With hundreds of PSP games available on PlayStation Store (PSP) and in stores on Universal Media Disc, the choices for gaming entertainment are endless. Be it God of War: Chains of Olympus, Gran Turismo or the Grand Theft Auto series, PlayStation Store has them all and much more including demos and PS one classics. If bite-sized gaming is what you're after, look no further than the minis range, which are smaller, snackable games for PSP that are quick to download, easy to play and perfect for gaming on the go.
PlayTV lets you watch, pause and record digital television on your PlayStation 3 and, with Remote Play, you can enjoy all of PlayTV's great features on your PSP or PSPgo, whether you want to watch your recorded programmes or schedule brand new recordings. All you have to do is find a Wireless Internet connection and activate the Remote Play feature and you'll have access to your TV library.
Want to watch thousands of music videos on the move, all for free? With the VidZone music video application you can do just that. By downloading VidZone for free from PlayStation Store onto your PS3 you can connect your PSP via Remote Play, via a Wireless connection. You can create as many playlists as you like, be it a party soundtrack or your favourite band's greatest hits, with absolutely no limit to how many videos you choose to add.
PlayStation Network Digital Comics
A new chapter of entertainment opens up for your PSP in December 2009 with PlayStation Network Digital Comics. Launching on PlayStation Store and supported by world-famous publishers including Marvel Entertainment and IDW, it's never been easier to download and enjoy comics on the go. You can browse effortlessly, access and download individual issues or complete volumes from back catalogues and purchase loads of new and thrilling releases.
The PlayStation Network Digital Comics service will only be available on the English versions of PlayStation Store for PSP in 2009.
PlayStation Network Video Store
Hundreds of fantastic films are coming to PSP in Europe in 2009 with the arrival of the PlayStation Video Store launching later this year in Europe. Now you will be able to browse, buy or rent all the latest blockbuster entertainment on your PSP and PSPgo. That means, wherever you are in the world you will be able to download great movies such as Star Trek, Public Enemies, Terminator Salvation and many more!
Store all your albums, favourite tracks and artists in one place - your PSP! That means you have instant access to your complete library on the move, at home or wherever you are in the world. And with Media Go, you can organise and search through your entire collection with simplicity, taking you right to your most wanted tunes and albums in an instant.
Media Go is the perfect entertainment organiser, making it easier than ever for you to take your media with you wherever you go. Transfer music, photos, and videos from your PC to your PSP. With Media Go you can also organise and search everything on your PSP with ease. As long as you have the latest system software update, you can also add SensMe data to your music files which allows you to create music playlists based on the music's mood and beats per minute.
Using built in Wi-Fi and Wireless Internet connection from anywhere in the world Remote Play allows you to control and access content on PlayStation 3 with your PSP or PSPgo.
Using the Remote Play feature, you can switch on your PlayStation 3 from wherever you are, provided you have access to a Wireless connection and access photos, music and video files stored on your PS3 system's Hard Disk Drive. For TV fans, Remote Play also works with PlayTV, a peripheral and service that lets you watch, pause and record live TV from a huge range of free channels using your PlayStation 3.
Seamless PSP connectivity allows you to set recordings, and watch live and recorded TV programmes remotely on your PSP. Remote Play also works with VidZone, a free music streaming service packed with thousands of music videos from every genre; so wherever you are, you can take your favourite shows and music videos with you!
Want to stay connected with friends wherever you are in the world? With Skype on your PSP you can do just that by making free unlimited voice calls to anyone else using Skype. You can also use Skype to make great value calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype Credit; or with a Skype subscription you can make unlimited calls* to landlines (and even mobiles in some countries). Stay in touch with everyone the easy way with PSP and Skype.
For the first time on a PlayStation handheld, PSPgo features Bluetooth which allows you to connect your PSPgo to standard Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth devices. This means you can communicate with players across the world over using any Bluetooth device, as well as enabling you to connect to the Internet using a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
If you use this feature to connect your PSPgo to the Internet, you may be charged for fees related to the Internet usage or connection, so it's best to check your service provider's rate plan charges in advance.
PSP Go Specification
· LCD screen: 3.8 inches / 9.6 cm (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive. Approx. 16,770,000 colours displayed.
· Sound: Stereo speakers
· System storage capacity: 16GB*
· Interface: Multi-use connector. Headset connector. Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant). Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) slot. Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b). Microphone. Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR).
· Networking: IEEE 802.11b. Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR).
· Power source: AC adaptor DC 5.0 V. Battery Type: Built-in, rechargeable. Lithium-ion battery. Power rating: DC 3.7 V 930 mAh.
· Maximum power consumption: Approx. 3 W (when charging).
· External dimensions (excludes largest projection): Approx. 128 × 16.5 × 69 mm (width × height × depth).
· Weight: Approx. 158 g.
· Operating environment: temperature 5°C - 35°C.
· Compatible codecs: For details, refer to the online user guide.
* A portion of the system storage is the system partition that is
reserved for use by the system. The remaining portion of the
system storage is available for the user.
Sony PSP Specifications
· LCD screen: 4.3 inches / 10.9 cm (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive. Approximately 16,770,000 colours displayed.
· Sound: Stereo speakers.
· Internal disc drive: Read-only Universal Media Disc drive.
· Interface: DC IN 5V connector. Video out/headset connector. Hi-Speed USB. DC OUT connector. Memory Stick Duo™ slot. Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b). Microphone.
· Power source: AC Adaptor DC 5.0 V. Lithium-Ion rechargeable Battery Pack.
· External dimensions: Approx. 169.4 × 18.6 × 71.4 mm (width × height × depth) (excludes largest projection).
· Weight: Approx. 280 g (including Battery Pack).
· Operating environment: temperature 5°C - 35°C.
· Compatible codecs: Universal Media Disc Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3. Universal Media Disc Music: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3, Linear PCM, ATRAC3plus™. Memory Stick™: For details, refer to the User Guide.
· Universal Media Disc laser
· Wave length: 655 - 665 nm.
· Power: Max. 0.28 mW.
· Type: Semiconductor, continuous.
· Wireless LAN
· Standard: IEEE 802.11b.
· Modulation format: DS-SS (IEEE 802.11b compliant).
· AC Adaptor
· Input: AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz.
· Output: DC 5 V, Max. 2000 mA.
· External dimensions: Approx. 61 × 23 × 84 mm (width × height × depth) (excludes largest projection).
· Weight: Approx. 62 g.
· Battery Pack
· Battery type: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
· Voltage: DC 3.6 V.
· Capacity: 1200 mAh
The psp is a good console and also is gta vice city stories is a fanstastic game to play on.There is the options of completing the missions and also just driving aroud the citys.
new money 23 Jan 2008
the best psp system ever
Brill 10 Nov 2008
I brought this 2 weeks ago and now i cant stop loveing it. Fantastic value and delivery service. Thanks
ok 30 Jun 2008
the PSp its self is amazing but i thought the price was too much,as there is now a PS3 out and there is much more little attention on that. But on a whole i think this has basically been a good site and the PSP is great. i would recomend this to friends.