Sony also added Skype to the firmware, so the PSP could even be used as a phone. The main change to the third PSP model aside from a somewhat improved battery was the brighter LCD screen, leading to the nickname "PSP Brite" Early on, some users claimed they could see scan lines on the screen. Many people decided to stick with the earlier model as a result. There don't seem to be problems with the screen anymore, however, and the PSP is generally considered the best of the four PSPs unless you're a hardcore homebrewer, in which case the PSP is preferred for the ability to downgrade the firmware.
The PSPgo is obviously different from its siblings, though the differences are primarily cosmetic. Aside from the complete lack of a UMD drive, it functions much the same as the PSP, but in a smaller, more portable size. It features a minor cosmetic redesign, and loses the WiFi featured in other models. It also has mono instead of stereo sound and a slightly smaller screen than the other PSP models not counting the PSPgo.
The PlayStation Vita doesn't sports a bigger, brighter, higher-resolution screen without increasing size too drastically. It's also considerably more powerful than its predecessors. Most importantly, it features backwards-compatibility for some downloadable PSP games.
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The SensMe software, which had already existed on some Walkman music players and Sony Ericsson handsets, was added to the PSP through a software update in It is a music analyser that reads music files stored on the PSP and categorises them into "channels" representing moods and creates automatic playlists from it. Sony shut down the Digital Comics service in September On June 15, , hackers disassembled the code of the PSP and distributed it online.
Some users were able to unlock the firmware to allow them to run more custom content and DRM -restricted software. There were 1, games released for the PSP during its year lifespan. In mid ,  as larger storage became available for the PSP, the ability to install data became a feature in certain games; it remained mainly beneficial to UMD users, with a large majority of the games only improving the load times, there were a small number of games that added features such as speech in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Official accessories for the console include an AC adapter, car adapter, headset, headphones with remote control, extended-life mAh battery, battery charger, console carrying case, game carrying case, accessories pouch and cleaning cloth, and system pouch and wrist strap. It features maps on a UMD and offers driving directions and city guides.
The PSP received generally positive reviews soon after launch; most reviewers noted similar strengths and weaknesses. CNET awarded the system 8. In , Time listed the PSP as a "gotta have travel gadget", citing the console's movie selection, telecommunications capability, and upcoming GPS functionality. The PlayStation Portable was initially seen as superior to the Nintendo DS when both devices were revealed in early because of the designers' emphasis on the technical accomplishments of the system.
The DS sold more units partly because of its touchscreen and second display. From a multimedia perspective, the PSP has also been seen as a competitor to portable media players , notably the iPod Video that was released in the same year. Reviews of the PSP Go were mixed.
It was mainly criticized for its initial pricing; Ars Technica called it "way too expensive" and The Guardian stated that cost was the "biggest issue" facing the machine. By March 31, , the PlayStation Portable had shipped From to the third quarter of , the PSP sold 53 million units. During the last few years of its life cycle, sales of the PSP models started to decrease. Shipments to North America ended in January , later in Europe, and on June 3, , Sony announced sales of the device in Japan would end.
Production of the device and sales to the rest of Asia would continue. In late , Sony said it had hired graffiti artists to spray-paint advertisements for the PSP in seven major U. According to Sony, it was paying businesses and building owners for the right to spray-paint their walls.
Later in , news of a billboard advertisement released in the Netherlands depicting a white woman holding a black woman by the jaw, saying "PlayStation Portable White is coming", spread. Two similar advertisements existed; one showed the two women facing each other on equal footing in fighting stances, the other showed the black woman in a dominant position on top of the white woman. Sony's stated purpose was to contrast the white and black versions of the PSP but the advertisements were interpreted as being racially charged.
These advertisements were never released in the rest of the world and were withdrawn from the Netherlands after the controversy. Sony came under scrutiny online in December for a guerrilla marketing campaign in which advertisers posed as young bloggers who desperately wanted a PSP. The site was created by advertising firm Zipatoni. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Handheld game console by Sony. This article is about the handheld game console. For other uses, see PSP.
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Nor, initially, does the unit itself. The old "Home" button has been replaced with a brand-unifying PS-logo button, and the tiny microphone hole is located between the volume controls and the PSP logo itself on the front of the unit at the bottom. The promised curvier edges are so similar that we honestly forgot about them until most of this feature was written and we noticed some shadow gradient on a photograph, and went back and checked.
Switching on, the experience is much the same too, with the traditional set-up procedure - picking out a nickname and setting the date - before being plonked on the XMB and left to explore. There's something different about the screen though. In Sony's rather cold words, the colour range has been increased, the contrast ratio is five times that of the old model, the pixel response time has been halved to reduce ghosting, and it should be much easier to play outdoors thanks to anti-reflective gubbins.
The "Color space" option on the system menu of the new 4. And it does. The usual four brightness settings are here three when using the battery, and a fourth super-brightness level when you're plugged into the mains , but the colours at any level are much richer, warmer and deeper than the PSP As a result, the new PSP's battery-powered third brightness level outshines the mains-powered fourth on its predecessor.
If you flick the "Color space" option back to Normal, meanwhile, the colouring reverts to something closer to, though still brighter than, the PSP The difference in visual quality between games running on the PSP and PSP isn't as dramatic as the difference between games on the original DS and the DS Lite - the last time we found ourselves considering something of this nature, and a good frame of reference - but it's very noticeable when you return to a PSP running the same game.
Lumines II and God of War: Chains of Olympus on the old hardware look pale and sickly after five minutes playing on the updated hardware. We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love.