- Platform: Sony PSP
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- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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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Products comes with 10 PSP games. Battery included. Does not come with charger. 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 260g. 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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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly shall i address a few problems people have mentioned:
It is very simple to put videos onto the PSP IF YOU USE THE CORRECT SOFTWARE (PSP Video 9 is free and has helped me with many videos or you can buy converters for DVD movies).
Memory is NOT expensive. On amazon you can buy a 1GB memory stick for £20 and sometimes even cheaper - compared to buying hard disk space that is very cheap (i have got 20 videos of half an hour at decent quality on mine and game space is very small)
The network access code COMES WITH YOUR ROUTER OR WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD INFO FROM THE SONY WEBSITE!!! - it doesn't take a genius to do this .... just someone who has common sense really
Games tray is weak ..... if you want to use your PSP to smash people over the head with!!!! You do not want to leave it open but you wouldnt leave you CD drive open on your computer would you
Games that have been released recently have been to show the different capabilities of the PSP, graphics, game play etc - the better games will be released to come along with the PS3 (which also means you can use the PSP with the PS3 as a controller by the way)
Pixels do become dead HOWEVER you can download programs created to get rid of this problem if it occurs
The DS is good (i currently own both) and the features of the DS are good aswell, but they offer different things - the DS offers classic Nintendo games and the similar game play to this with the obvious benefit of the double screen. The PSP offers wider range of 3D graphics and do what it asks to do, play music, videos, games and pictures.Read more ›
Having traded in the DS to get the PSP, I might be slightly biased, but I think the strengths and weaknesses of both platforms can be pretty easily identified.
The PSP has better graphics. End of story. Have a look at Ratchet and Clank running on the PSP and see if you can find anything that looks like that on the DS. You can't. Only the much lauded Metroid Prime: Hunters comes close.
If you want the latest colourful toy to impress your friends with, then consider no further. The PSP is your thing.
But it isn't quite perfection.
The PSP has a bigger screen, with brighter and sharper colours, but it is bought at the expense of some pretty extreme blurring at times. Rotate the camera in Chile Non Carnage to see the landscape simply wash out into a mush of rich Mexican gold. Or witness the fringing effects around strong toned sharp edges in LocoRoco.
Having said that, the screen is easy enough to look at, and the blurring issue doesn't
spoil the experience.
The double screens on the DS are both solid. But then they aren't doing as much.
The controls on the PSP are fairly standard issue. The PSP has an analogue stick, which works pretty well. The DS doesn't need a stick, because it has a touch screen.
Neither system is perfect, with the PSP suffering at times from button overload. It's all too easy to hit the wrong button whilst simply adjusting your sitting position. The thing bristles with buttons! The DS is relatively sparsely populated by comparison.Read more ›
The only gripes I have are that it really would be nice if it had an in-built hard drive (20-40gb would be nice) and it is definately too quiet. It's fine for playing games but when you want to watch tv or movies or listen to music on a plane, even through "in-ear" headphones you can only just hear it.
That aside, I don't think you'd be disapointed with a PSP. I'm not and I'm usually very hard to please.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow man :) One that works,A bargain price for this old skool must have,Still one of the best consoles about,Even in todays market the games you can get for this PSP from years ago... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bigman
Great item and exceptional fast delivery very happy customer thank you so much.Published 18 months ago by Dominic Marshall