The images of the Sony Playstation Portable PSP are categorized and show the handheld unit, controls and accessories. You will also find detailed close-ups of the ports and connections available on the PSP.
The front of the Sony PSP box. Development of the console was announced during E3 2003 and unveiled on May 11, 2004, at a Sony press conference just before E3 2004. The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, and in the PAL region on September 1, 2005.
The Sony PSP box. The console's launch was a success with over 200,000 units sold the first day. This included several color variations sold in bundle packs.
Internal packaging of the Sony PSP box showing the handheld and the manual which covers the included cables.
PSP on top of the box. At E3 2007, Sony released information about a slimmer and lighter version of the PlayStation Portable - to be called the PSP-2000. The new PSP was touted as 33% lighter and 19% slimmer than the original PSP model.
Sony PlayStation Portable PSP Handheld
The front of the Sony PSP. The unit offers connectivity with the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, other PSPs and the Internet.
The left side of the Sony PSP. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jose Villeta called the PSP the "Walkman of the 21st Century" in a reference to the console's multimedia capabilities.
The top-left side of the Sony PSP. There was initial concern over the PSP's price of $249, which was almost $20 higher than the price in Japan and more than $100 higher than the recently launched Nintendo DS.
The right side of the Sony PSP. Internal changes to achieve the slimmer PSP 2000 include the removal of a metal chassis which was used to reduce damage in the event of a user dropping the system on a hard surface. Other changes include improved WLAN modules and Micro-controller, and a thinner, brighter LCD.
The back of the Sony PSP. For the 2000 model, the internal memory was doubled to 64 MB with a part of it now acting as a cache, which also improved the browser performance.
Sony PSP Controls
Left side control pad with 4 directional arrows and the low-profile analog joystick. To make the PSP slimmer, the capacity of the battery was reduced by 1/3. However, due to more efficient power usage, the run time is still the same as the previous model.
The right-side controls consisting of the familiar PlayStation icon buttons. In December 2007, Sony released the PSP Extended Life Battery Kit, which includes a 2200 mAh battery with a battery cover to fit over the larger battery.
The lower front buttons that span the width of the PSP. Tjis menu area features, from left to right, PS button, Volume controls, Microphone, Display button, Sound button, Select button and start button.
Shown here is the R Button used by the index finger. As you might imagine, a corresponding L Button is on the opposite side.
The L Button! Remote Play allows the PSP to access many features of a PS3 console from a remote location using the PS3's WLAN capabilities, a home network, or the Internet.
Sony PSP Ports & Connections
The top edge of the Sony PSP showing the Wifi Switch and USB port. The serial port was modified in later models to accommodate a new video-out feature. On the PSP-2000, games only output to external monitors / TVs in progressive scan mode.
The power port on the lower right corner of the PSP. On the newer PSP-3000, scan lines may appear when brightness changes drastically. The PSP-3000 offers more natural and vibrant colors on its screen, but the scan lines are more visible as a result of improving response time to alleviate the afterimages.
The headphone jack on the lower left corner of the PSP next to the A/V port. The original PSP is equipped with a 2-pin docking connector below the AC adaptor jack for a docking station that was to be sold separately for the PSP-1000 series. A charging dock was never released by Sony and the 2-pin charging contacts were removed from the PSP-2000 and later versions.
Memory Stick Duo port on the left side of the PSP. The operating system can be updated directly from the Internet using the System Update feature or they can be downloaded to a computer from the official PlayStation website, placed on a Memory Stick Duo and then installed on the system.
Component cable to display the PSP on a monitor or TV. Starting with system software version 3.90, PSP-2000, PSP-3000 and PSP-N1000 can use Skype. The PSP-2000 requires a headset for this feature while the microphone is built into the PSP-3000 and PSP-N1000. Due to hardware constraints, it is not possible to use VoIP on the PSP-1000.
Sony PSP Games and UMD Media
The game slot, on the back side of the PSP with the door ajar. UMD media slides in (rather awkwardly) then the door is manually snapped shut. In June 2005, hackers disassembled thePSP's code and distributed it online. Modified PSPs could run custom code and a limited amount of protected software. Sony responded to this by repeatedly upgrading the software. One of the ways to run protected software on the PSP was through the creation of ISO loaders which could load copies of UMD games from a memory stick.
The game slot shown from a side angle. In 2006, Sony ran a poster ad campaign in England. One of the posters with the slogan "Take a running jump here" was removed from a Manchester train platform due to concerns that it might encourage suicide.
The game slot shown wide open exposing the PSP guts.
The PSP laying flat with the game door open.
The PSP laying on a game case.
An open UMD case showing the UMD and manual clipped in place. Inside the game's case, the attachment for the UMD was terrible and always seem to break sooner or later.
Front and back of the UMD media.
UMD next to the PSP. The PlayStation Portable is the only handheld video game device to use an optical disc format, Universal Media Disc (UMD), as a primary storage medium. All PSP games came on UMD discs.
A UMD positioned inside the PSP. The media just lays in this open cavern until snapping the door shut. It's a very odd way to load game media.
Sony PSP Special Editions
Box for the Hannah Montana special edition PSP, in lilac purple. This edition was released in August 2009 when Miley Cyrus' Disney character was a hot commodity.
The Hannah Montana special edition PSP, in lilac purple. The PSP 3000 was a slick edition, but lacked enough compelling changes to get existing owners to upgrade. For those just getting into Sony's portable gaming handheld, this unit offered better video output to TVs and the integration of a microphone and Skype among other features.