What Are the Different Sony PSP Models?

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What Are the Different Sony PSP Models?

When people think of video games, they immediately think of the "Big 3," namely Nintendo, Microsoft's Xbox, and the Sony PlayStation. While many may respect Nintendo's contributions to the development of video games and the X-Box's technological advances, Sony's PlayStation line made its mark in the history of gaming as one of the top-selling and most popular gaming brands in the world. The original PlayStation was the first ever gaming console to sell 100 million units, nine years after its launch.

Despite the leaps and bounds in gaming and graphics that was brought about by the PlayStation, gamers were clamoring for more. Since 1989, the Nintendo Game Boy dominated the handheld gaming market. Various iterations of mobile gaming devices came and went, but it wasn't until Sony released the PlayStation Portable (PSP) that Nintendo finally saw some real competition. The first PSP arrived on the scene late in 2004 with much fanfare. Since then, Sony has made several models available on the market, and this buying guide aims to outline those different Sony PSP models. PSP units and other accessories can be purchased at specialized gaming stores, electronic stores, and big box retail stores. However, those who want to take advantage of the ease of online shopping should log on to eBay.

Sony PSP Models

Over the years, Sony has introduced different types of PSP models. Most of these had similar features, though subsequent models were usually an improvement over the last. These models are the PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000, PSP Go, the Playstation Vita, and several special edition PSPs.

PSP-1000

The PSP -1000 was the first PlayStation Portable unit to be introduced. It launched in Japan in December 2004, and March 24, 2005 in North America. Despite earlier criticisms from consumers, it sold 200,000 units in Japan on the first day. In the US, it sold over 500,000 units in the first two days.

This type of PSP featured a 33-Megahertz CPU, 32 MB of RAM, and stereo sound. It had a 4.3-inch, 16x9 widescreen, and over 16 million colors. The PSP-1000 also has the ability play movies from special discs. However, in the beginning, very few companies released their movies on Universal Media Discs or UMDs. The unit also features wireless Internet, allowing gamers to play online and against other PSP owners from all over the world. This first generation PSP console measured 2.9 inches tall, 6.7 inches long, and .91 inches thick. At 280 grams, it was heavier than its direct competitor, the Nintendo DS.

PSP-2000

In September 2007, Sony launched the next generation PSP, the PSP -2000, also called the PSP Slim. One notable difference was its thinner profile. It was one-third lighter than the previous version, and featured a reduced body with sleeker lines, rounded edges, and a more industrial design. The positioning of the buttons was meant to mirror the Playstation 3, but only had a single analogue stick, instead of the dual stick configuration on the PS3 controller.

The PSP Slim also featured double the RAM of the previous generation, a brighter screen, and ability for output to a TV. Sony also added a built-in microphone. This version was only a slight upgrade, but its slim form factor was certainly the biggest change.

PSP-3000

The year 2008 saw the arrival of the PSP -3000, dubbed the PSP Brite. This model retained the same slim factor and button configuration as the previous version, but the model itself was an improvement (and perhaps response to complaints from gamers) over the PSP-2000. One of the major improvements was the screen quality. Although the hardware specs remained the same, the screen was noticeably more responsive and faster than the previous version. The increased contrast made the colors seem richer and more vibrant. This was due to the "Color Space" control, and the screen itself was less reflective. When it was released, many gaming experts and magazines thought that the PSP-3000 screen was one of (if not the) best quality screens in the handheld gaming market. Built-in Skype feature was added so people can communicate with other Skype users.

PSP Go

In the last quarter of 2009, Sony released the PSP Go. It was the first PSP model that didn't utilize the UMD; rather, it had a 16 GB internal flash memory, which could be upgraded to 32 GB with a Memory Stick Micro flash drive. The PSP Go is smaller than the previous PSP models, due to the lack of UMD slot, but also has a smaller 3.8-inch screen. It's also the first PSP model to feature Bluetooth connectivity.

Playstation Vita

The Playstation Vita was considered the "real" next generation of the Playstation Portable device. The Vita is a complete redesign (both inside and out) of the handheld gaming console, and some of the more innovative features include social connectivity and augmented reality. Instead of going for a smaller profile, is actually went bigger. The Vita measures 7.2 inches in length, 3.3 inches in height, and 0.73 inches in thickness. It also features a 5-inch OLED screen with a qHD resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. However, this model is actually one of the lightest Playstation portables. At 260 grams, it's 20 grams lighter than the PSP-1000.

On the inside, the Vita is remarkably different from its earlier cousins. It has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but also has a 3G version. The CPU is a 32-bit Quad-core CPU, similar to CPUs used by Apple's iPad 2. The memory consisted of a 512 MB RAM, plus an extra 128 MB VRAM just for the graphics processing unit (GPU). The GPU itself was a quad-core PowerVR 5XT SGX MP+ chip.

Special Edition PSPs

With every model release, Sony also issued different limited edition models. The PSP was available in different colors (aside from the standard Piano Black and Ceramic White colors), such as Mint Green, Lavender Purple, and Deep Red. Various special editions were made for specific games, such as the Star Wars PSP edition, featuring a silk-screen graphic of Darth Vader; The Simpsons edition with a yellow body and white buttons; and a camouflage print that coincided with the release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Feature Comparison of the Different Sony PSP Models

To give buyers a better idea of the features of the various Sony PSP Models, the chart below summarizes and compares the different PSP models based on important features like the CPU, RAM, internal and external storage, weight, screen size, and physical dimensions.

Model

CPU and RAM

Internal and External Storage

Weight

Screen Size and Dimensions (H x W x D)

PSP-1000

333 Megahertz CPU; 32 Megabytes RAM

32 MB system software; Memory Stick Pro Duo and UMD

280 grams

4.3-inch screen; 2.9 inches x 6.7 inches x 0.91 inches

PSP-2000

333 Megahertz CPU; 64 Megabytes RAM

64 MB system software; Memory Stick Pro Duo and UMD

189 grams

4.3-inch screen; 2.8 inches x 6.7 inches x 0.75 inches

PSP-3000

333 Megahertz CPU; 64 Megabytes RAM

32 MB system software; Memory Stick Pro Duo and UMD

189 grams

4.3-inch screen; 2.8 inches x 6.7 inches x 0.75 inches

PSP Go

333 Megahertz CPU; 64 Megabytes RAM

16 MB system software; Memory Stick Micro

158 grams

3.8-inch screen; 2.7 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.65 inches

Playstation Vita

4-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore; 512 Megabytes RAM

No internal storage, but the PS Vita storage cards come in 4, 8, 16, and 32 GB

260 grams for the Wi-Fi model; 279 grams for 3G models

5-inch OLED screen; 3.289 inches x 7.2 inches x 0.73 inches

Each new model is an improvement over the previous one, usually in terms of CPU, RAM, or form factor. One model not mentioned in this guide is PSP E1000, which was only released in the European PAL format. The E1000 was a budget model; it has no Wi-Fi or microphone, and only had mono speakers.

Buying Different Sony PSP Models on eBay

Those looking to purchase any model of the Sony PSP should check out eBay, one of the largest marketplaces on the Internet. eBay has thousands of sellers from all over the world, and you'll surely find that particular PSP model you want.

Searching for Different PSP Models on eBay

The search box on the front page is the best place to start looking for PSPs and accessories on eBay. Type in the search terms that are closest to the item you want, such as "PSP Go bundle" or "PSP 3000 pink case." You can also use Advanced Search, or sift through the different categories where PSPs may be listed, such as Consumer Electronics, Video Games & Consoles, and Video Game Accessories.

Buying PSP Models in eBay Stores

Aside from regular eBay listings, you can also look at eBay Stores for some good deals. eBay Stores hosts virtual storefronts for sellers all over the world. Use the search box in the same way you would use the search box on regular eBay, or use "Find a Store" to search for all the stores selling PSPs. You can purchase direct from these buyers, and even save some money on shipping by buying bundles from the same store owner.

Conclusion

Handheld gaming consoles are popular among people who want to take the gaming experience with them wherever they go. The Sony PlayStation Portable or PSP was one of the most popular handheld consoles when it was first launched, and continues to make record-breaking sales throughout the world with each iteration. Ever since its release in 2004, the public has been clamoring for bigger, better, and more from Sony. Thus, the Japanese electronics company has been releasing different PSP models, and these are the PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000, PSP Go, the Playstation Vita, as well as several special edition PSPs. Each iteration of the PSP was an improvement over the previous version, with the exception of the PSP Go and the Vita. The PSP Go had a smaller, more portable body, while the Vita was considered the true next generation PSP, as it was a total revamp of the system both inside and out. No matter which Sony PSP model a buyer wants, he or she can surely find it on eBay.

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