The PlayStation portable is arguably one of the most popular handled consoles out there. And it’s not just a gaming console—it also doubles up as an entertainment system. Besides playing games on the PSP, you can use the device to play music, watch videos, view photos, surf the internet, etc.
The console was released in 2004 by the Sony Corporation and is the first handheld gaming device to utilize the Universal Media Disc (UMD). Truth be told, using the PSP for the first time can feel daunting, if not confusing, especially for beginners.
In this guide, we highlight everything you need to know about the PSP console. We hope that you’ll master the basics and become a pro user after reading this post.
PSP Models and Features
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As of now, there are four different types of PSP gaming consoles, namely: PSP 1000, PSP2000, PSP3000, and PSP GO. The four versions look similar in design but differ slightly when it comes to features.
Here are the overall features of the PSP:
- Memory stick(1-16GB)
- Inbuilt stereo speakers
- Internet connectivity
- LCD screen measuring 4.5 inches
- Rechargeable battery
- Universal Media Disc(UMD)
- USB connectivity
- PSP 1000 main features: headphone jack, USB port, Wi-Fi, RAM, UMD, memory stick, internal storage 32 MB.
PSP 2000 features: headphone jack, UMD, USB 2.0, Mic port, RAM, TV output port, Wi-Fi, memory stick and internal storage 64MB.
PSP3000 features: Headphone jack, microphone jack, USB, Wi-Fi, UMD, TV output port, memory stick, internal storage 64 MB and RAM.
PSP Go features: all in one microphone and headphone jack, memory stick, RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, TV output port.
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All the PSP versions (except PSP Go) come with a huge library of games stored inside the Universal Media Disc UMD. But users can also connect to the internet and download new games onto the device by accessing Sony’s PlayStation store.
The first PSP console came with 25 games that included a variety of genres such as sports, role-playing and adventure. The first release had some very popular games including “FIFA 2005”, “Untold Legends” and “Metal Gear Solid”.
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The PSP console doubles up as an entertainment device. In addition to playing games, you can use the device to play music, video or video photos. All the content is played via the Universal Media Disc. On the flipside, devices such as PS2, PS3, PS4 use don’t use UMD but DVD or audio CDs instead.
Beside the UMD functionality, the PSP comes with a memory stick for playing video, audio, and viewing still photos.
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The PSP comes with both a serial and USB 2.0 Port. It also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity which allows you to connect to the internet. The PSP Go comes with Bluetooth connectivity as well.
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Using the PSP controls for the first time can be a challenge. But you shouldn’t struggle to master the controls after you’ve had a few minutes of interaction with the device.
On the left of the device, there are four directional buttons and an analog stick. On the right of the screen, you have the key buttons for playing games on your consoles. The arrow buttons (on the left) are mainly used for changing the view on your screen when playing the game.
The analog key is used for directing the movement of characters in a game. Optional buttons can be used to perform various functions depending on how the game is designed. Generally, the “X” button works as the main control and the “O” button works as the secondary control. The triangle and square buttons aren’t used as much as it’s harder to tap them with your finger.
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The PSP uses memory in the same way as other consoles. The memory card slot is located on the left and is covered by a thin rubber. You have to peel off the rubber so as to access the memory slot. However, you’ll have to acquire a memory card because the PSP doesn’t come with one.
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The PSP is a hugely popular and versatile device largely because of its internet connectivity. You can download games, music, videos, and photos onto your device using the browser. But you’re only limited to opening 3 tabs at a time. And if you don’t want kids to access the web, you can limit access to the browser by setting a 4-digit pin.
However, it’s important to note that the native browser on PSP is bit slower than most modern browsers. This means you’ll occasionally have to deal with device memory issues when using the web. One way to have pages load faster is to install other browsers like homebrew or opera mini.
The remote play functionality allows gamers to access PSP features from a remote location. Remote play can be enabled by using WLAN, home network or an Internet connection. Some of the features you can access through remote play include: listening to music, viewing photos, watching videos, etc.
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The settings tab allows you to control how you use your device. For instance, by highlighting the USB connection, you can add or remove stuff from the memory stick. Video settings, on the other hand, enable you to select language and increase or decrease the volume of your video content.
The system settings also allow you to monitor battery information, set date, time zone, power saving, etc. Lastly, the device’s security settings help protect it against an unauthorized access.
The PlayStation portable isn’t just a gaming device it’s also an entertainment device.
Some of the additional cool features that make this a must-have include:
- Video Player
- Internet Connectivity
- Photo Gallery
- Music Player
You can access the features above on your console’s screen, with each feature is represented by a corresponding icon.
If you want to play music or videos on your device, you’ll have to download them onto your system first if you don’t have them in your memory stick or UMD. The good thing about the PSP is that all you need is a normal wireless connection to access the internet. The device, however, does not come with an Ethernet Port.