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4.0 out of 5 stars A great PSP, if you want to play alone.., 5 Nov. 2011
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Finally my launch day PSP has stopped working at all well, the UMD drive will not stay shut, and has become very temperamental, so I have had an eye on this to replace it.

I could have bought one of the more expensive models, with all the wireless, and other features built in, but I do not use the PSP enough to warrant the higher price, and when I thought about it, I do not use the wireless play at all.

So I have purchased one and I am very pleased with it, the console to me is more practical than the other models in one important way, it has a matte finish, so no finger marks show up, also many of the gaming forums have made a fuss of it only having one speaker, but after a few hours play, I realised that I had not noticed the difference, and the sound is still stereo through headphones.

Finally Sony have made a PSP with a decent D-pad, it is raised much higher, and has a much stiffer feel to it, and is therefore much more precise when playing beat em ups and shooting games, I sailed through some sections of games where previously the hardware had let me down, the four action buttons are designed the same way, the analogue nub is identical, but has one important difference, you can adjust it's range of movement, the shoulder buttons are also much the same.

I do not know if any later models of the PSP have this function, the original did not, but the E1000 has a UMD cache function, which when enabled stops the machine accessing the drive so often, this has meant games like Metal Slug Anthology do not have as many of the annoying pauses in gameplay so often, still not perfect, but better.

When inserting the disc, there is no release button, you just click the back open to insert the disc, and the entire back of the console opens up, this is so the battery can be accessed, which is located next to the drive.

Also gone are the individual buttons for volume control etc, and the screen brightness can only be changed in the system settings, the buttons are replaced with a touch bar under the screen.

The Memory Stick Pro goes in an open slot in the top of the machine, and is the full size one, not the micro that the PSP Go uses, and it is a given that none comes in the box, the pack is pretty basic, just a manual, the machine and an AC adaptor, no strap, no card, this is the budget model after all.

The machine is pretty much back to the size of the original now, but to my eyes has a much better screen, it is sharper, the colours vibrant, the picture is fabulous, again, I could not comment if it is an improvement over later models.

Despite the lack of wireless, games can still be downloaded from the PSN, the easiest way is through a PS3, just plug a USB cable into the top, pay for the game in the store, and then copy it to the PSP, the machine does have to be registered to your PS3 console though.

The other way is through a PC, using the MediaGo application, but I have used this a bit, and it is a pain in the neck, as it is updated so often, that it needs to be re-installed frequently, and it takes a while to do, again, just use a USB cable to connect, with no wireless, a PC is the only way to do a firmware update, or off a UMD game that needs it.

The lack of any kind of wireless mode is going to be an immediate killer for some potential customers, there is no Adhoc mode for local play, and no internet modes at all, so anyone wanting some two player Fifa action will not be interested in this.

Personally I could not care less, I have rarely used it myself so it is no loss, though it does beg the question, why on the box is it described as the Street PSP, when it is such a solo experience?

This is a cheaper way to get into the world of PSP, and the games can be sourced very cheaply on UMD too.

So to sum up, this can be very much recommended to anyone who wants to try the great games the PSP has to offer, but you will be playing alone.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2011 18:01:49 GMT
Meg Padbury says:
hi there.. can you tell me what the contents of the product are? What all is included in the box when it comes?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 21:23:46 GMT

In the box is just the console, the AC adaptor, and printed manual.

Posted on 14 Apr 2012 04:07:10 BDT
YourSinChris says:
Hi i noticed you wrote "Despite the lack of wireless, games can still be downloaded from the PSN, the easiest way is through a PS3"

now the ONLY thing thats putting me off purchasing the e1000 is the fact i cant find any information anywhere on the net stating that this is possible , everything just says you connect via pc - so what im asking is have you actually connected it to a ps3 vie usb ? and is it possible to transfer psp/ps1 games this way ?

info would be a big help thanks :)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2012 18:20:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2012 18:31:19 BDT
Yes, I have done this myself, connect the PS3 and E1000 to each other with a USB cable, select USB connection on the PSP, then go into account management on the PS3, and select system activation, select PSP system, whether you want to play games or sideo/comics, it will then sync them together.

You will now be able to download games from the PSN, and then copy them over to the PSP.
As usual, if in USB mode, the PS3 will charge the console.

Sorry for the late reply, hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 16:14:56 BDT
dollywood says:
Hi yo! Does it play SD card? What EMU does it play? Im trying to find the best consoll for The 3rd birthday with connection to TV too? I have read about "unlocked" PSvita you can play psp on SD card?
Best Regards

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 22:13:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2013 22:13:50 BDT
No, all Sony consoles use Sony cards, this uses Memory Stick Pro ones, I do not know anything about EMU on the PSP, but the firmware is the same as other PSP models, the E1000 cannot be connected to a TV, it is the budget model, and has many missing features, a TV socket being one of them, I have not heard of an unlocked PS Vita, which uses a unique memory card to help stop piracy.

Hope this helps.

Posted on 18 Mar 2014 09:35:51 GMT
Date of review considered but you can't access the battery now without disconnecting UMD rails and unscrewing the case (for the benefit of others reading). Otherwise everything in this review is bang on.
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