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About the Sony PSP
The Sony PlayStation Portable (commonly referred to as the PSP) is the first handheld console released by Sony, and has sold an amazing 20 million units since its release.
The PSP was released in 2004, with a slight revision of the system, Slim and Lite being unveiled in late 2007 that reduces the weight and dimensions of the system, together with an improved battery performance and improved loading times.
The PSP uses an optical disk format known as UMD (Universal Media Disc), which has a capacity large enough to watch near DVD quality movies on the handheld device.
The buttons layout of the PSP will feel like home instantly to any person who has used a PlayStation controller, with the familiar colour shape buttons present and correct in the handheld.
Key features of the PSP includes its built-in WiFi and Internet browser, allowing the user to browse anywhere with WiFi access without the need for any additional equipment or cables.
What's in the Sony PSP box?
The standard PSP retail package includes the following items:
- PSP Console
- AC Adaptor
Sony PSP Technical Details
- CPU - the main CPU is a 32-but RISC based processor codenamed "Allegrex" than can run upto speeds of 300Mhz.
- Memory - the PSP has 32MiB of main system RAM and 4MiB of DRAM, half of which is used by the GPU for display purposes.
- Graphics - the PSP has a dedicated GPU which runs at 166Mhz, capable of rendering over 30 million polygons per second.
Launched in 2004, the PSP has established itself as the most desirable handheld games console on the market.
Released to the UK market in 2005, the PSP has won favour among customers looking for a more powerful system than the Nintendo DS, due largely to the superb multimedia capabilities of the PSP.
The PSP is the first handheld console to use an optical disc format as its primary software format, known as UMD, or Universal Media Disc. PSP games are distributed in this format, as well as major Hollywood movies which can be viewed on the PSPs widescreen display.
A new version of the PSP was released in 2007, known as the PSP Slim and Lite. This new version has largely the same technical specifications as the original model, but is even smaller and lighter to carry about.
The PSP has also spawned a large homebrew community of hackers that have exploited loopholes in the firmware of the system to run their own custom software, e.g. emulators of other systems, small games and demos, etc.