Looking Back On The PSP

Posted on February 03, 2011

When it was released in 2004, the PSP was a portable with promise. Its large screen displayed near PS2-quality graphics, and gamers imagined a handheld that could bring console experiences on the road. Seven years later, we can look back on the system as neither a smash success or terrible failure. While it did possess more power than any portable in history, its game library was mostly unremarkable and its sales were trounced by the Nintendo DS. Let’s take a look back at some of the more notable talking points about Sony’s first handheld attempt.

A New Format

Sony tried hard to push PSP’s new format, the UMD (Universal Media Disc). These optical discs could hold up to 1.8 gigabytes of data, and could be used for games and movies. With Blu-Ray just around the corner, Sony pushed the idea of combo packs that contained both Blu-Ray and UMD versions of a film. While retailers initially stocked movies on UMD, poor sales led to Universal and Paramount dropping support for the format early on. By 2006, Wal-Mart stopped stocking UMDs. Other retailers followed until it was evident that the concept of UMD movies had completely crashed and burned.

Back To The Drawing Board

As it became more evident that UMD was unpopular and downloadable games were on the rise, Sony began work on a new PSP model. Announced in 2009, the PSPgo featured no disc drive, 16 GB of internal memory, a sliding screen, and a significantly smaller frame than previous versions. It was met with mostly negative reactions, with many gamers complaining about its high cost ($249) and inability to play any PSP games they had previously purchased.


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PSP 2, PSP, PSP Go, NGP: A History of Sony’s PlayStation Portables

Posted on January 30, 2011
NGP
In the wake of last night’s Next Generation Portable announcement, otherwise known as the PSP2, it’s time we brushed up on the rocky history of Sony’s journey through handheld systems. The PSP never quite gained the steam Sony imagined it would, selling 62 million units as of September 2010 – less than half of Nintendo’s figures for its own handheld, the DS. And although games like Monster Hunter Freedom and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII have helped the system keep a foothold in the Japanese marketplace, Sony needs to make an undeniably strong showing with the NGP in order to keep up with its competitors.
The PSP has gone through four different incarnations over the past half-decade. Read on for a look at all of them, in our history of the PlayStation Portable. It’s just beyond the break.
PSP Original
PlayStation Portable
Launched: March 24, 2005 (U.S.)
Under the hood: 32MB RAM, 480×272 TFT LCD, 802.11b WiFi connection, 4.3 inch screen
When the PSP first launched, there were many reasons to be impressed. It was a powerful machine, capable of the same graphic processing as the PlayStation 2 – a previously unimaginable feat for a handheld. The screen was glossy and gorgeous. Critics praised the PSP’s media capabilities and handy analog stick, as well as its built-in WiFi and slick aesthetics.
Not all was perfect in PSP-land, though. Disc load times were significant for some customers and many critics complained when some PSP exclusives – like Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories – were later ported to the PlayStation 2. Would people really buy an expensive new piece of hardware if they could just buy the same games on a different system? It remained to be seen.
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PSP Slim
PSP-2000
Launched: September 6, 2007 (U.S.)
Under the hood: 64MB RAM, 480×272 TFT LCD, 802.11b WiFi connection, 4.3 inch screen
Much like Nintendo’s DS Lite, the “PSP Lite” or “PSP Slim” was a vast improvement over the original PSP, offering a significantly smaller, less weighty version of the handheld. Although it didn’t completely fix UMD loading times, it did speed them up a little bit. It had more tactile feedback, double the memory, and even the same level of battery life as the original PSP despite the size cut.
Still, Nintendo was dominating. By the end of 2007, the PSP had sold 10 million units in the U.S. – seven million less than the Nintendo DS. Between Nintendo’s massive third-party support and all-encompassing demographic, the DS seemed impossible to beat.

PSP 3000
PSP-3000
Launched: October 14, 2008 (U.S.)
Under the hood: 64MB RAM, 480×272 TFT LCD, 802.11b WiFi connection, 4.3 inch screen
Imagine the PSP-2000. Now add a microphone, an anti-reflective screen, and a few technical improvements. Congratulations – you’ve got a PSP-3000!
NPD reported that Sony sold 3.8 million PSPs in North America through 2008. Meanwhile, Nintendo – with no new hardware updates since the DS Lite in 2006 – shipped almost 10 million systems in the U.S.
PSP Go
Launched: October 1, 2009 (U.S.)
Under the hood: 64MB RAM, 480×272 TFT LCD, 802.11b WiFi connection, 3.8 inch screen
I like to picture a bunch of Sony executives sitting in a room somewhere, trying to figure out their next move for the PSP. “Steam and the Apple Store are doing so well,” they must have said. “Let’s go digital.” So they released the PSP Go, a sleek, shiny, comfortable new model of the PSP with a sliding screen, Bluetooth and SD support, and some other neat features. Best of all, it supported digital downloads.
There was just one problem: The PSP Go couldn’t play disc games – like, at all. So all of the PSP games that fans had horded since 2005 were suddenly obsolete. Since nobody wanted to buy old games a second time, especially if they’d have to dish out $250 for the system itself, PSP Go didn’t do too well. Months after its release, Sony started packaging free games with the Go and eventually lowered the price, but it was too little, too late.
PSP2, PSP, PSP Go, NGP: A History of Sony's PlayStation Portables
NGP
Launches: TBA – Holiday 2011
Under the hood: 960 x 544 OLED multi-touch screen, 802.11 b/n/g WIfi, Bluetooth, 3G, front and rear cameras, rear multi-touch pad, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass
Sony announced the “Next Generation Portable” Thursday morning in Tokyo. Its array of features included two touch-screens, a gorgeous 5-inch OLED screen, 3G, dual analog sticks, and a six-axis motion sensor. Although we don’t know exactly when the new handheld will launch, how much it will cost, or how it will handle digital distribution, we do know that Sony has a tough challenge ahead if the company hopes to keep pace with Nintendo’s 3DS (coming to the U.S. March 27) and Apple’s iPhone/iPad.
It will be essential for Sony to incorporate digital distribution without ditching retail products entirely. Sony will also have to maintain a library of exclusive titles that gamers views as must-own products, especially if the NGP costs over $350. Can the system deliver more than just some pretty graphics and PlayStation 3 ports? We’ll just have to wait and see.


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Square Enix and Sony team up for a beautiful Final Fantasy Dissidia themed PSP

Posted on January 08, 2011
It may be time to get your import order in to get this new FF: Dissida 2 PSP.

If there one thing that Sony has done an excellent job of this gen it’s that they know when and how to give us really cool custom PSP and PlayStation 3 units.  Not all of us are going to go out and buy a 2nd PSP or PS3 merely because it has a cool art scheme on it (well I may do such a thing), but at least Sony is offering such a thing for the fans out there who wish to expand their collection.

Final Fantasy Dissidia 2 PSP pack

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A Brief Guide For The Brand New Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo

Posted on December 07, 2010

The New Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo would be the successor of the 2 original memory sticks namely the Memory Stick Duo and Pro. This brand new product has the capability of saving up to 32 Gb of data. The Pro Duo succeeds the two previous memory sticks in every single way by providing not just a larger storage space capacity but also quicker transferring rate.

One could use the Memory Stick Pro Duo to upload and download files such as photos, video clips, music, document files to various gadgets such as digital cameras, cell phones, computer printers, Smartphones, portable video gaming gadgets like the Sony Psp and other gadgets. Here are some of the features this little and yet powerful product has to offer.

1. The storage space capabilities – from 128 Megabytes all the way up to 32 Gb.

2. The Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo has a adaptor that makes it works with a regular SD memory card reader.

3. The device also comes with a Five-Year Extended warranty.

4. Data Transfer Speed Of 15 – 20 Megabytes Per Second

5. Convenient dimension – 0.06 in (width) x 1.22 in (height) x 0.79 in (length).

It’s also works with virtually all gadgets that support the Sony Memory Stick Pro. As the sizes of 1 – 2 Gigabyte are often enough for the majority of home users, some people may require extra memory capacity. In 2008, Sony released a 16 Gigabyte model along with a larger 32GB model was released in August 2009, which makes it the largest capacity available as this time of writing.

The unit protects your files from power failure because of its rapid transfer speed, it enables you to back up all of your vital data immediately.

This small and yet powerful gadget has created a brand new concept of swapping data across various platforms, you may download some audio files onto your Laptop or computer and after that transfer them to the Memory Stick with a card reader and then moving the data to your cell phone enabling you to listen to your chosen tracks while on the run.

It’s a practical little piece of equipment that you could not live without these days.

Matthiew Whyde is an expert writer and he enjoys writing about memory stick duo and other similar topics.

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A more official comment on the rumored PlayStation phone

Posted on November 23, 2010
So when could the PlayStation phone possibly be announced?

Do you remember those PSP phone details and prototype images that popped up last month?  You know, the device which partly seemed to be fake since it was too good to be true and in a way was slightly befuddling in a business sense. Well, we have yet another round of news concerning a possible PSP phone and this time it’s not a rumor as it comes from one of the top dogs at Sony Ericsson.

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The mech action of Another Century's Episode is coming to the PSP

Posted on October 15, 2010
Now mech fans can take the battle on the go in ACE Portable.

Hardcore fans of Japanese anime and mechs are probably familiar with the video game franchise Another Century’s Episode.  While it’s exclusive to Japan due to licensing issues, ACE is essentially a mech fanboy’s dream come true as it features a roster of mechs from various anime shows.  ACE made its PS3 debut back in August and now the franchise is boosting over to the PSP.

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The 10 Best PSP Games

Posted on October 08, 2010

We take a look at the Sony PSP’s entire library of video games and handpick the 10 best titles it has to offer.
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Drafting The Dream PSP 2

Posted on September 29, 2010

We’ve taken the Internet and shoved it in our pocket. We’ve started controlling our characters by touching them on the screen. We’ve crammed 3D into a portable presentation that doesn’t require glasses. What could possibly be next for portable gaming?

One thing is for sure, if Sony wants to stay competitive in the handheld market then it needs to get inventive with the next iteration of the PSP. Rumors have started circulating about how Sony’s next PSP could be a phone that runs a modified version of Google’s Android OS, but let’s look at some approaches Sony could take to dominate the handheld market.

Stick It To Us

This is a bit of a no-brainer. Ever since the original PSP was first announced in 2003, all anyone could talk about was how much better the system would be if it had a second analog stick. We say, don’t just add an extra stick, but add two extra shoulder buttons as well. This would effectively give this PSP the equivalent layout of a standard console controller. Not only would this make FPS titles on the system better, it would allow Sony to more easily port old PSone and PS2 titles to the new handheld. We’d happily buy Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy X, or Grand Theft Auto: Vice City again for our next road trip.

Also…

The Droid allows users to issue vocal commands; we want that.

Hard Drivin’

If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that the downloadable market isn’t going away. For the new PSP we’d like to see a good mix of $1, $5, and even meaty $20 titles. Of course, this means that the new PSP will need a decent hard drive. We don’t think we need to say goodbye to games you can buy off a shelf, however, but let’s get rid of the UMD – it’s expensive and bulky. Instead, we hope that Sony follows Nintendo’s lead and puts retail titles on small flash drives.

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Sony Prepping A Big Launch For The New PSP

Posted on September 28, 2010

There are increasing reports of development kits for Sony’s talked-about new PlayStation Portable, which hasn’t been officially announced yet, but is expected to appear next year.

Develop Online has a report that Sony is bombarding first- and third-party developers with the kits in order to hit the ground running with software when the handheld comes out. Unfortunately, the article does not shed any more light on the unit’s features, which are rumored to include smart phone capabilities among other things.

Sony would be smart to try and open the development flood gates for this new PSP, as engaging software for the original unit was one of the few weaknesses to an otherwise attractive handheld.

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IGN for Charity: The 24-Hour Marathon

Posted on September 27, 2010

The editors are gaming for the Children’s Miracle Network and need your support.

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Survival Versus Returns To Left 4 Dead 2 This Week

Posted on September 27, 2010

Fans of Left 4 Dead 2’s mutations can look forward to a returning mode this week. Survival Versus debuted back in July, and tasks teams with surviving longer than their opponents. As Valve describes:

The first Survivor team sets the time. The second team tries to beat it. Then the first team tries to beat the second team’s time. Then the second team tries to beat the first team’s time. And then the… you get the idea. Rounds keep switching until someone fails to beat the previous time.

If you haven’t popped L4D2 into your 360 recently, this might be a fun reason to dust it off and slay a few (hundred) zombies. Between this mode and Dead Rising 2’s release this week, there should be scores of undead meeting their end this week.

Source: Left 4 Dead 2 blog via Joystiq

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Zombies, Robots…Lawn Darts–Weekly Roundup 9/27

Posted on September 27, 2010

Hey, what do you know? There are some new things coming out this week. Finally! On the games front, we’ve got the latest versions of Dead Rising, Guitar Hero, and Front Mission–in addition to newcomer Battle vs. Chess and the MySims flight-combat game, MySims SkyHeroes. Also, there’s a WiiWare game based on lawn darts. That sounds extremely safe.

Games
Retail
Battle vs. Chess (PC, Xbox 360)
Dead Rising 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Front Mission Evolved (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS)
MySims SkyHeroes (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS)
Quantum Theory (PS3, Xbox 360)

Downloadable
Microsoft
Hydrophobia

Nintendo
WiiWare
Astro Bugz Revenge (700 Wii Points)
Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts (700 Wii Points)

DSiWare
Fizz (800 DSi Points)
Zenonia (800 DSi Points)

Movies

Theaters

Case 39
Freakonomics
Hatchet II
Let Me In
The Social Network

DVD/Blu-ray
Adventureland (Blu-ray)
Babies (DVD/Blu-ray)
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (DVD)
Get Him to the Greek (DVD/Blu-ray)
Iron Man 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)

Comics
Archie Comics
Archie Marries 70 Years In The Making
Betty #188
Pals N Gals Double Digest #145

Dark Horse

Doctor Solar Man Of The Atom Archive Volume 1
Eerie Archives Volume 4
Occult Files Of Doctor Spektor Archives Volume 1
Oh My Goddess Volume 36
Star Wars Blood Ties A Tale Of Jango And Boba Fett #2 (Of 4)
Star Wars Invasion Rescues #4 (Of 6)
Terminator 1984 #1 (Of 3)

DC Comics
Absolute Promethea Volume 2
Action Comics #893
American Vampire Volume 1
Batman The Brave And The Bold #21
Cartoon Network Action Pack #52
Detective Comics #869
First Wave #4 (Of 6)
Flash Chronicles Volume 2
Gotham City Sirens #16
Green Arrow #4 (Brightest Day Tie-In)
Justice Society Of America #43
Lobo Highway To Hell
Sandman The Dream Hunters
Showcase Presents The Legion Of Super-Heroes Volume 4
Star-Spangled War Stories #1
Teen Titans #87
Time Masters Vanishing Point #3 (Of 6)
Wetworks Mutations #1
Wonder Woman #603

Image Comics
Artifacts #2 (Of 13)
Chew #14
Darkness Four Horsemen #2 (Of 4)
Dawn Volume 2 Return Of The Goddess
Image Firsts Godland #1
Next Gen Warz #1 (Of 2)
Pilot Season The Asset #1
Savage Dragon #164

Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #623
Amazing Spider-Man #644
Atlas #5
Avengers Prime #3 (Of 5)
Captain America #610
Captain America Patriot #2 (Of 4)
Casanova Luxuria #3
Daredevil Echo Vision Quest
Franken-Castle #21 (Punisher 21)
Franklin Richards Son Of A Genius Ultimate Collection Book 1
Heralds
Heroic Age One Month To Live #5 (Of 5)
Iron Man 2 Public Identity
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man Amazing Digest
Marvel Previews #86
Namor The First Mutant #2
Powers #6
Punisher Noir
Secret Warriors #20
Shadowland Daughters Of The Shadow #1 (Of 3)
Tomb Of Dracula Volume 2
Ultimate Comics Iron Man Armor Wars
Ultimate X-Men Ultimate Collection Volume 4
Valkyrie #1 (One Shot)
X-Men Curse Of The Mutants X-Men Vs Vampires #1 (Of 2)
X-Men Forever 2 #8
X-Men Legacy #240
X-Men Second Coming

Tokyopop
Black Gate Volume 1 (Of 3)
Chibi Vampire The Novel Volume 7 (Of 9)
Deadman Wonderland Volume 3 (Of 6)
Demon Sacred Volume 1 (Of 11)
Demon Sacred Volume 2 (Of 11)
Fate stay night Volume 9 (Of 10)
Gakuen Alice Volume 13 (Of 19)
Hetalia Axis Powers Volume 1 (Of 3)
Maid Sama Volume 6 (Of 10)
Neko Ramen Volume 2 Curry Is Also Delicious (Of 3)
Pet Shop Of Horrors Tokyo Volume 7
Shinobi Life Volume 6 (Of 7)

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Report: CCP's World of Darkness MMO Teased at Fan Event, Due No Sooner Than 2012

Posted on September 27, 2010

EVE Online developer CCP Games has shed a little dimmed, moody light on World of Darkness, its mysterious MMO adaptation of White Wolf’s pen-and-paper RPG setting, at White Wolf’s The Grand Masquerade event.

The MMO “will have a focus on player politics and social interaction,” Ardulf’s Lair reports (via Massively), collecting the titbits of information trickling out of the show. Only vampires will be playable, it’s said, though the World of Darkness setting also houses mages, werewolves and other creatures in its dark version of our modern world.

The MMO is based upon White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade–rather than the latest setting, Vam…
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Medal of Honor Greg Goodridge and Patrick Liu Interview

Posted on September 27, 2010

We chat with the magnificently bearded Greg Goodridge and Patrick Liu about the multiplayer in Medal of Honor.


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New PSP Monster Hunter Gets Metal Gear Content

Posted on September 20, 2010

The PSP collaboration between Monster Hunter and Metal Gear Solid, which began with MGS: Peace Walker’s inclusion of Monster Hunter-inspired content, will yield another content cross-over. (via Joystiq).

The latest PSP installment of the popular Monster Hunter franchise, Portable 3rd, will conversely include content inspired by Metal Gear Solid. The content is said to include armor that will make a player’s character look like Snake …
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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Limited Edition) (PSP) cheats

Posted on September 03, 2010

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Limited Edition) (PSP)
Hint: Resuscitation

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