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Base Unit Console: Black (PSP)
- Dazzling widescreen LCD brings gaming to life
- Plays UMD Movies - New releases of films available on UMD for play through PSP
- Download your MP3, MP4, WAV or ATRAC3Plus music files to your PSP system via the Memory Stick Duo
- Surf the Worldwide Web using the Internet browser whenever you are in an Internet-accessible location
- Store your digital photos, create custom wallpapers and share your favourite photos with the image transfer feature using a Memory Stick Duo
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Battery included.PSP comes in a black color, with a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD centered in a sleek ergonomic design with a high-quality finish that fits comfortably in the hands. The dimensions are 170mm x 74mm x 23mm with a weight of 260 gram. PSP features a high-quality TFT LCD that displays full color (16.77 million colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen. It also comes complete with the basic functions of a portable player such as built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector, brightness control and sound mode selection. Keys and controls inherit the same operability of PlayStation and PlayStation 2, familiar to fans all over the world.
The era of no-compromises handheld gaming has arrived. Get ready for immersive, 3D gaming on a console that is poised to change the way we think about portable devices. With wireless internet, video and digital music playback, and incredible data storage and connectivity options, the Sony PSP--or PlayStation Portable--is a complete solution for the mobile digital lifestyle. Sony has hit the mark by combining both horsepower and groundbreaking features into a package that weighs just a hair more than half a pound.
The PSP's exceptional performance comes from a 333 MHz processor that dwarfs the speed of competing handheld consoles. Add this polygon-pushing muscle to 4 MB of fast DRAM and 32 MB of embedded RAM, and you've got a device with graphics rendering capabilities close to that of the PlayStation2. And because no game is complete without audio, the PSP is generously appointed with built-in stereo speakers, as well Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound capability. Sony has also pulled out all the stops with the PSP display. The bright, 4.3-inch LCD sports a 16:9 aspect ratio and 480 x 272 pixel resolution--plenty of real estate for heavy gaming action and widescreen-format movies. All of this is powered by a removable, and rechargeable, lithium-ion battery.
From a controls perspective, the PSP is made for gaming. If you're familiar with a PlayStation controller, you'll be a pro at the PSP's controls in no time. Directional buttons, as well as an analog stick are provided. Meanwhile, the familiar left and right shoulder buttons, as well as triangle, circle, cross and square buttons are integrated into the device's slim case. Finally, home, select, and start buttons give you quick access and control over the PSP's important functions.
At the heart of the PSP is a new, proprietary media format known as the Universal Media Disc, or UMD. Each UMD can hold 1.8 GB of data, enough room for rich and complex games. UMDs, which are housed in a protective cover, slide into the rear of the PSP. Sony has declared the UMD an open format for developers and media content owners, so movies, music and other media are on the horizon from third parties. Sony has also signed on many popular game developers for the platform, so a deep library of titles is on tap.
While the UMD is great for read-only media such as games and movies, Sony solves the problem of data storage with the addition of a Memory Stick Duo slot. With Memory Stick Duo media, you can store your saved games, downloaded online content, personal video and audio files, and more. When you want access to these files from your PC, simply use the PSP's USB 2.0 port to turn the device into a fast portable media drive. Then, drag and drop files such as your photos, MP3s, and videos onto the PSP, just as you would any other removable storage device.
The PSP blows away the competition in the connectivity department. Indeed, the PSP's ability to connect to the internet, and to other PSPs and USB-based peripherals, is a real advantage. At the top of the list is Wifi connectivity, or IEEE 801.11b. Use this wireless internet standard to connect to other gamers around the world for hot multiplayer action--all from your couch, or your local Wifi hotspot. As mentioned, the PSP's USB 2.0 port is great for PC connectivity, but it also opens the PSP up for a whole range of future peripherals. Sony has plans for the PSP in other ways, too; the unit's infrared port speaks of remote control capabilities in the near future.
A Digital Companion
If you haven't already guessed, Sony has positioned the PSP to be much more than a gaming device. Out of the box, the device is ready to serve as a portable video player and photo viewer. By using the new H.264 MPEG-4 video standard, Sony obviously has its eyes on making the PSP a robust video device with support for feature length movies and more. In addition, the PSP offers a great way to transport and share your photos in JPEG format. And let's not forget the music. Load up your favorite MP3-encoded songs onto a Memory Stick Duo and you've got a portable audio powerhouse. The device also supports Sony's ATRAC audio codec, so you can play songs acquired from Sony's Connect Online Music Store.
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Only downside is that I occasionally knock the 'hold' button and then die in my games because my character won't move. Also, a similar thing has happened with the 'home' button.
I've had it about two months and I like it as much as my Nintendo DS. I wouldn't put one over the other because of the difference between the games available on each and the difference in gameplay. This is definitely suited to more hardcore gamers than the DS.
Sony were less than helpful, my first call to them being absolutely laughable; the chap kept harping on about downloading the latest firmware... How?? The memory card isn't being detected! Furthermore he couldn't seem to wait to get me off the phone (when he wasn't being distracted by his mate). Other "engineers" also espoused that it was the fact that firmware 2.81 wasn't good at detecting 2gb memory stick's.
All of it was nonsense as up to this point 2gb sticks were fine, it was 4gb sticks that had issues with earlier firmware. After my own deductive logic, the last engineer eventually agreed it was the unit. I should note that one call to them even got disconnected in the middle of giving the girl my information, cue beating head against a brick wall.
Trying to RMA the unit through Sony was as laughable as their "engineers" and customer services; after being told I should fax my receipt to them, it turned out their fax machine was broken. Imagine a support centre as big as Sony could afford, having one solitary fax machine in the whole place, no doubt the gravity of the task of receiving hundreds of faxes a day, forced it to commit suicide. I too was on the verge of this, so I and the fax machine had bonded it seemed.
Thank heaven's for Amazon and their swift replacement procedure; I couldn't thank the customer service chap I spoke to enough, for his help. I now have a new unit and it now accepts both memory sticks and I am pleased to say, I am happily starting to get the hang of the controls while playing through LC:S and VC:S. I admit these seem obscure to me, but that's years of being an x-box gamer
Once it gets going, you should be happy with your choice in the PSP... if things go wrong however, expect very little help from Sony's customer care centre.
This device has long lasting battery life. More than enough for a day's excessive use.
The possibilities and modifications that can be done for a PSP is truly remarkable. I suggest when purchasing one you check them out in Sony's PSP forums and other sites on Google.
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