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About the product
- Includes Game Unit - AC Adapter - Battery Pack - 32MB Memory Stick Duo - Headphone with Remote Control - Soft Case - UMD Game Sampler Disc
- Compact Size (WxDxH) - 6.7 x 2.91 x 0.91 / Weights 8.36 oouces
- D-Pad controller
- Main Memory - 32MB / Video Memory - 2MB EDRAM
- Display - 4.3 16 - 9 widescreen TFT LCD with 480x272 resolution with up to 16.77 million colors and 200 nits brightness (depending on power source)
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Welcome to the handheld entertainment revolution! The PSP is a dynamic entertainment medium that utilizes a broad range of digital content. Toysrus and Sony are pleased to bring you THE entertainment experience that fits in your pocket. With a diverse line up of games and video, audio, and photo capabilities, the PSP is truly a system without boundaries. Among the exciting features the PSP offers are a 16:9 widescreen display, USB 2.0 and 802.11b Wi-Fi LAN connectivity, and the ability to play games, video, and MP3 audio.
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.
Screen machine: The 4.3-inch display sports a 16:9 aspect ratio and 480 x 272 pixel resolution. Movies and games on the go have never been more gorgeous.
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.
To have and to hold: The PSP's easy-to-master controls are cleverly integrated into the device's slim profile.
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 ships with a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, and additional media with higher storage capacities are available.
Major media: Sony's PSP-compatible Universal Media Disc (UMD) can hold 1.8 GB of data.
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. Sony even ships a nifty pair of earbuds--complete with an inline remote control-- with the PSP.
What's in the Box
PSP device, AC adapter, battery pack, 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, earbud headphones with remote control, soft case and hand strap.
Top customer reviews
This system can play games, movies, music and pictures all through a Memory Stick Duo (The PSP will also accept Memory Stick Pro Duo)or UMD. UMD is the PSP's disk system that can hold up to 1.8GB's. Stands for Universal Media Disk. The PSP cannot play DVD's or CD's.
It is also WI-FI Compatible so you can share files or play agenst others in 2 modes; Ad Hoc(Playing agenst others in the same room or household without an internet connection. It's the Wireless version of LAN mode) or Infrastructure(Playing agenst others around the country using a wireless router or "Hot Spot"). You can play up to 8 people in Ad Hoc mode.
The battery is a removable battery pack that lasts for hours (lasts longer if you're not using a UMD). The PSP also has a port for an AC adapter or Car Plug.
The value pack comes with a great carrying case(The carrying case is just a sleeve of leather and won't protect it if you drop it. You'll want to find a better one to carry it in)strap, starter disk(contains Music, movie previews and game previews), and a remote with earbuds. The Remote is great but the earbuds get uncomfortible after a while and are a pain. You can use any of your favorite headphones or earbuds with the remote.
It has a USB port at the top so you can upload files to the Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo in the PSP without a reader(PSP doesn't come with a USB Cable so you'll need to get a USB A/Mini B Cable) . The USB also allows you to connect with the PS2 for extras with some games. There is an IR port at the top as well for remote access (There isn't a remote available yet).
And Finally the controls. It feels very similar to when your holding the PS2's Controller and it feels comfortible in your hands. This is a great system and If your a handheld gaming fan then you'll definately want to get this.
Anyway, this machine is a nice piece of kit with a few drawbacks, most of the points have been covered before. It's the first gaming console I've bought since the gameboy I had as a kid (does that date me?) which I purchased because I travel a lot, work away from home a lot, and wanted to be able to watch films and play games casually on the long flights. I don't know much about the DS, but chose the PSP based on the games to come (Sony seems to have a wider range of games in the other platforms) particularly Worms, GTA and Sims 2- that is, games that casual gamers get a kick out of without having to master them. The screen is amazing, the sound pretty good, and the two games (Lunimes and Twisted Metal) and highly enjoyable.
If I were to state reservations about the PSP, it would be the continued insistence of manufacturers to put regional locking on the films (I travel a lot between the UK and US) the batterly life (which is promised to improve, and at least you can swap batteries, hem hem iPod) and the lack of titles around at the moment (again, this will proabably improve).
Overall, a nice, amazing looking thing with some scope for improvement.
For $249, you get a razor sharp quality LCD TV, MP3 player via Memory Stick Duo (included), and sick gaming system. It almost seems too cheap to be true.
Been using for the last 3 hours and must say this is a groundbreaking system. The cool factor is very high here. Can't wait to take it on the train Monday morning for people to awe at!
What it needs:
Someone needs to come up with a way to rip standard DVD's and even backup standard PS2 games to transfer them to blank UMD disks which this uses. It's probably already possible, the blank UMD media just needs to become available. It is a realistic needed option as I assume Sony doesn't expect everyone to replicate their DVD and PS2 collections in this new format. We went through that with VHS, I WONT do it again.
Otherwise, fantastic unit. PSP only titles seem very rich at this point. The video quality is stunning!!!
This would be the perfect portable gaming system if it wasn't for such problems, and now I'm thinking I shoud've got a DS. It isn't as powerful, but at least I don't have to worry about such issues... I should've listened to myself when I said not to buy this because of all the negative reviews. I considered the problems to be the exception, and not the rule, but I was wrong...