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Light, slim enclosure; screen offers better color reproduction than that of earlier PSP models; improved AV output for video and game playback on TVs; built-in Skype with onboard microphone; retains all of the impressive media and online features of earlier PSP models; deep lineup of great game titles that offer better graphics than Nintendo DS games.
Despite improvements, problems and annoyances remain: screen exhibits noticeable jaggies and scanlines during high-motion video and gaming sequences; UMD load times still poky compared with DS games; screen isn't glare-free, and is still a magnet for fingerprints; Web browser and data input can be cumbersome; no built-in storage; subtle redesign missed the opportunity to add even more features.
THE BOTTOM LINE
While there's probably not enough to get owners of previous the PSP to upgrade, newcomers will find the PSP-3000 to be a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.
The recently released Sony PSP Slim 3000 has caused quite a controversy among new PSP owners who purchased their Sony PSP Slim 2000 units within the last few months. It has not even been a full year since Sony released the PSP Slim 2000, with its biggest feature being the ability to connect to a TV through AV output. Many are arguing that Sony's latest addition to its handheld family should not even be considered an upgrade of the current model. Let's take a deeper look into the features of the PSP 3000.
The 3000 was unveiled at the Leipzig gaming conference last week. The unit has the exact same dimensions as its counterpart, the Slim 2000. However, there were a few upgrades. Sony gave the PSP 3000 a new anti-glare screen, which is supposed to make playing the PSP while outside a bit more bearable. This new LCD screen also features a broader color palette than the older model, which accounts for a brighter, more vibrant picture. Along with this new screen, Sony added a built in microphone to the 3000, which will allow many people who have access to WiFi hotspots peppered through-out a large city to utilize the PSP as a phone-like device with the built in Skype software.
Along with these hardware improvements, the Slim 3000 also features a few cosmetic improvements as well. The 'HOME' button no longer exists, as it has been replaced by a PSN button. It functions exactly the same as the old button, but instead has the Playstation logo instead of the word 'HOME'. Also, the brushed aluminum ring which was featured on both the PSP Fat, as it has become known, and the PSP Slim has been replaced with a more polished and thinner chrome ring. The edges of the PSP 3000 have also been smoothed a bit so that it feels more comfortable while holding it in your hand.
Sony PSP 3000 will be available this October, featuring the colors Piano Black and Mystic Silver. All in all, if you're already a proud PSP 2000 Slim owner, you might want to skip this upgrade as the anti-glare screen is only a major upgrade if you find yourself playing a lot while outside. However, if you're looking to purchase a PSP, the 3000 is the way to go.
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Just like the Playstation 3, the PSP (Playstation Portable) has seen its share of hardware upgrades. The PSP 3000 is the third in the line of PSPs. Before I go further, if you already own a PSP 2000 or the original model, you may as well stick with it. The PSP 3000 offers minor technical improvements, but nothing worth putting another $130 into a system you already own.
If you’re new to the PSP, the best way to describe it is as a portable Playstation 2 (PS2). Many titles on the PSP look and play comparable to the PS2. With a TV adaptor, the PSP becomes an easier way to carry last generation quality where ever you go.
So, why get a PSP?
The PSP is the complete portable multimedia device. It plays back MP3, WMA, WAV, and a few other audio codecs. Your PSP can double as a music player while you’re on the go. Just load it up and take it on the road. If you like movies, the PSP supports MPeg4 and AvC codecs. I will say that it is not easy converting your movies in to a PSP format; however, it is easy to find freeware that will do it for you. With the new camera peripheral, the PSP can also take pictures. I do not recommend using this in place of a digital camera because the quality turns out similar to most cell phones. Sony added a web browser to the PSP to allow users to surf the internet when near a Wi-Fi hotspot. I have used the web browser enough to say that I prefer surfing the web with a touch screen device over navigating with the PSP’s analog stick.
Besides the content you can load on your PSP, Sony phased our their UMD (Universal Media Disc) movies. The original PSP boasted the UMD movie format as a premier portable option for video. Due to low sales, the UMD videos were discontinued. Sony now offers video content through the PSN(Playstation Network). Full length movies go for $14.99 while episodes of a TV show run $1.99 to $3.99. Downloadable video content is rendered in 720x480. The PSP’s resolution of 480x272 displays video content rather well. The videos are playable both on your PS3 and PSP which is a plus, but at 1.5GB per movie, an 8GB memory card will fill up rather quick.
Comic book fans can download the latest issues of their favorites on the PSN for $1.99 each. This feature was wasted on me, as I found the interface to be clumsy. To view a comic, you use the analog stick to navigate around what seemed to be a PDF image. I have not purchased any comics from PSN, but a few free downloads are out there. If Sony had offered the comics in more of a slide show fashion, this feature would have been more useful.
I doubt most people will purchase a PSP for the media center or comic book features, but more for the games. The PSP’s library is steadily growing. There are three types of PSP titles: the PSP Games, Minis, and PSOne games. PSP games are designed specifically for the PSP. Some PSP exclusive titles include Final Fantasy Dissidia, Fate Unlimited Codes, and Invizimals. Most of the PSP titles are revised versions of existing franchises like Army of Two: 40th Day, God of War: Chains of Olympus, and Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny.The benefit to PS3 owners is that most minis and all PSOne titles can be played on the PSP. This significantly increases the number of titles that can be played on a PSP. Classic PSOne titles available include the Resident Evil and Tekken
This is a review for the Monster Hunter Portable 3rd limited edition PSP 3000 model. More so than gamers of other genres, the Monster Hunter community that actively enjoyed the portable series have been plagued with "The claw" for years. That's not to say it's such a terrible way of playing it, in order to compensate for the lack of a second analog, and the improvements in design at least make that physical playstyle much more comfortable for the gamer.
The limited edition Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP addresses several issues, and makes it very comfortable to game on it for much longer than on a typical PSP slim model.
Several things of note that just "feel good" about it:
1. Improved analog stick. At first glance, straight out of the box, it may seem underwhelming to think that this was one of THE big improvements in this PSP model. Fair enough, as appearances can be deceiving. I was thoroughly impressed with the simple, but highly effective concave design than allows for much smoother movement of the analog which leaves the thumb much more relaxed while gaming. There is little need to apply much pressure onto it, as the analog "grips" onto the thumb much more easily with this design upgrade.
2. The raised surfaces on the back of the PSP. Not only do they make it symmetrical; (as an extended battery+cover on a typical PSP slim would have left the battery side much more protruded than the other) they also act as pseudo grips. In addition to that, is...
3. Matte finishing. Not only is it pleasant to look at (and with Monster Hunter themed tribal decals, to boot!) it also provides a good grip on the system. There were times in which playing on a glossy PSP 2000 made me afraid that I'd drop it and thus have always had my old PSP 1000 strap on it, but I feel much safer with this model. That's not to say I don't hold onto it with care, but it's a plus nonetheless.
4. (Applies to all 3000 models, I believe.) There is a filter function that allows colors to show much more vividly, adding a very refreshing, crisp feel to even older games that you may not have seen through this filter before. I've tried this function while playing Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, and while it is already a very colorful, vibrant game - this adds a whole new layer onto that. Can't say anything bad about it.
The other miscellaneous functions such as the UMD slot, memory stick slot, etc. seem identical to the tried-and-true PSP slim designs so far.
Being the Monster Hunter fan and enthusiast I am, this purchase is a fine investment that will definitely keep me happy for years and years. While I hesitate to recommend this to just any PSP gamers out there, at least keep in mind that this is a limited model, and will probably be much harder to find than it already is in a year or so.
Feels great, plays great.
The PSP 3000 plays the same games and offers the same media support as the older PSP models, but Sony has upgraded the system with an improved LCD screen and a new built-in microphone. The LCD is the same size and resolution as older PSP displays, but it has a wider color gamut and anti-reflection technology.
The wider color gamut means that the new PSP screen is capable of displaying a wider range of colors. The new LCD also features five times the contrast ratio and quicker pixel-response times than the old PSP display. The response time has doubled in speed and will help eliminate ghosting or blurring during gameplay and video playback. The increased color gamut and improved contrast ratio was noticeable when PSP 3000 is placed right next to a PSP-2000 or PSP Slim; colors looked richer and more vibrant on the PSP 3000. The vivid, ghost-free screen does draw more power than the old screen. This new screen will reduce battery life by about 20 minutes.
Sony has said that the PSP 3000 will actually have the same battery life as the PSP-2000. The new screen does require more power, but Sony engineers have reduced the power draw from other system components to make up the difference and ensure that battery life remains the same for both gameplay and UMD video playback
The PSP 3000 is the best so far. I do admit it does lack the contours the psp 1000 had which makes it a little less easy to hold but it is not a big deal. The console is much lighter and includes a mic for online play. I love it.
Assassins Creed Bloodlines gets TERRIBLE reviews and honestly I do not see why, my ideas may be fairly biased because I am a huge fan of the series. I read a lot of reviews on the game and compliants were on the fact that the game cities were to small, or that landscaping was dull, that it had more slashing then assassiantions...honestly people should not compare this game to the 360 ps3 games because the PSP is not as capable as these bigger consoles. I never felt there was to much fighting, I was constantly put in missions where I had to sneak around and assassinate guards. The game is amazing for a portable console, plus if you miss Altair it's nice to get more of a conclusion with what became of him and the fruit of eden. :D People also complained that running and jumping of buliding was way to hard due to the lack of a second analog stick but they don't realize that if you press the left bumper and use the buttons you can control it as you move. I believe this is an excellent attempt to keep the series going to bridge some gaps from AC1 to AC2.
Now if I was telling you the bads though, I would tell you this the storyline is nothing as good as the consoles games...it does lack that interest you want to have but again I feel like I can't complain with it being portable. I will admit the game was EXTREMELY to easy and ended much to soon...I feel like there could have either been more story or more side missions. :D The lack of pick pocketing was missed by me. Also if you are fond of the voices from the first game its a new cast of voice members and honestly...they just dont come close.
I def would recomend the game to any fan of the series and even others. To me it was a fab game and I feel if I was not a fan I would have still enjoyed it...just been a little confused with the story cause it picks up where Altair leaves off. (Side note: Desmond is not in the game, this all takes place in the Animus never in modern day)
I give the game a 7/10. Hope this review helps! :D
I like it because it is light and slim; the screen offers better color reproduction than that of earlier PSP models; improved AV output for video and game playback on TVs; built-in Skype with onboard microphone; retains all of the impressive media and online features of earlier PSP models; deep lineup of great game titles that offer better graphics than other portable games.
I have been wanting a PSP for quite some time now, and finally did. Ive only had it a short while now, but what a great purchase. Great screen, graphics are easily comparable to the PS2. Its slim, sleek and pretty comfy in the hands which is something that I was worried about as I have larger hands. Sound output though the onboard speakers is surprisingly good, though through headphones leaves a little to be desired. Battery life is excellent, far better then what i was expecting, even with the wifi on.
Remote connect to my PS3 is great. I can stream all my music and more to my desk while at work with it.
There are hundreds of game choices. God of War titles. Final Fantasy titles. Kingdom Hearts titles. And so much more. The few games that I have played so far have not felt sluggish or lacking in anyway. And a full line of movies in UMD form as well.
It has full the Playstation Store built in, and you can download demos, movies, comics, and more right to your PSP without needing a PS3.
It easily connect via USB to both PC and Mac computers (a plus for me as Im a graphic designer and use Mac at work). Of course it connects easily to your PS3 if you have one. Havent tried on my xbox360 yet.
The memory cards are no longer an expensive item for this unit either. You can find 16gb cards for around $60 now.
Cons: It has better music visualization then the PS3. Wtf Sony?
All in all, I just wish that I had boughten this earlier. Preferably for PAX East 2010. But, there is always next year.
The Sony PSP is an awesome system especially considering how dated the system is now. It has a big library of games and a lot of them have really good graphics for a portable. This sounds good all ready but when this system really shines is when you look at the prices you can get one for these days. If someone wants to get a PS Vita but does not have the money at the time, the PSP 3000 is a good system to hold you over until you can afford one. It is a pretty feature rich device for the price too, so you are not just limited to playing games on it. It also is an MP3 player so you can listen to music. If you want to watch videos it can also do that. It can display images if you want to look at pictures you have taken or you can save them from the internet. The PSP 3000 also has built in WiFi so you can browse the internet on the built in internet browser. The internet browser is admittedly limited and clunky to use and larger websites don't fully load because of the small amount of RAM I think. But it can be used for simple web surfing or if nothing else then saving images for wallpapers. The PSP 3000 also has a built in microphone so you can Skype on it which is pretty cool on a device like this. There is a camera attachment that you can plug into the top of the device so you can actually have a camera on this device. I play Japanese games on mine that I imported from Japan and they play flawlessly on here to non region locking. The PSP 3000's battery is pretty good I can get enough time out of it for average use. The PSP uses Memory Stick Duos to store data which work fine and are easy enough to find and there are adapters that can convert micro sd's to memory stick duo so you can use that. The PSP does use optical media so it can have the standard issues optical media has such as scratching, dust, and the mechanical parts can break from drops so you just have to be careful with it. Other than that it seems to be durable enough for everyday use. All in all given the features, usability, durability, and price I would say that this is a great deal if you can find one for cheap. I give the PSP 3000 two big thumbs up!
• Sony PSP 3000 is easy to handle, light weight allows you to play for a long time without difficulty. The button layout is well thought out and does not cause discomfort.
• Screen: contrast and bright, with a good display of flowers, but to "excellent" still falls short. The display is great for watching videos.
• The sound from the portable system should not expect much, but two small built-in speakers do their jobs with enthusiasm. In headphones the sound is much better quality can be compared with the sound of the average cost of mp3-player.
• Battery life: depends on what level of the backlight and volume of sound you play. In the case of games of the time hardly be more than 5 hours. Graphics for the portable system is excellent, but at the level of PS2 graphics do not look. In addition to their own games, consoles have the ability to run games from the first PlayStation (PSOne)
• Video: prefix understand video format H.264/AVC/MPEG-4. It also has wheels for PSP UMD-video, easy to use built-in player, you can watch a movie on the episodes, scaling video, and other nice utility.
• Music: The player supports formats MP3, ATRAC3 (ATRAC3 and +), MPEG-4 AAC, WMA (requires activation via the Internet Communications: built-in PSP Wi-Fi module) through which communication is carried out and the boxes with the "outside world". In the presence of a simple web browser, RSS-reader, the ability to listen to Internet radio, and internet dialer Skype (for which will have to buy a headset without chat is only available in the PSP 3000 has a built-in microphone, which eliminates the need to purchase a headset). The attachment supports USB 2.0 and is equipped with a mini-USB connector.
• I am very pleased with the purchase.