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Welcome to our Sony PSP review. Gadget fans should be sitting comfortably, as there's a danger they might faint with excitement when they hear about Sony's sleek new portable gaming console, the Sony PSP. This handheld sets new standards, bringing the power enjoyed on traditional consoles to the portable arena - it really throws down the gauntlet to other handheld gaming console manufacturers. The Sony PSP goes on sale in the UK on 1 Sep 2005, and will retail for £179.
Like the console itself, games on the Sony PSP look amazing. Incredibly for such a small device, it has a similar graphics processing capability to the PlayStation 2. Combine this with a large, bright 4.3 inch 16:9 widescreen format display, and you have a seriously good portable gaming platform. It's so nice to see that Sony hasn't skimped when it came to the display, and gave it enough brightness (you can change it to 4 different brightness levels), as this can often be a major problem on portable devices. Many of the buttons will be familiar to PS2 users. Back are the D-Pad and O, X, Triangle and Square buttons, along with 2 new shoulder buttons, and one analog stick (or slider), plus some system buttons ( Start, Select, Brightness, Volume, and Home). The PSP Games come on miniature discs with a data capacity of 1.8GB. These are similar to Sony Mini Discs and are inserted into a tray which pops out of the back of the system.
To enhance the gaming experience, the Sony PSP is equipped with a 802.11b wireless LAN feature. This allows the device to connect to the internet at wireless access points, so users can browse the net, play online or download game enhancements such as extra game characters. The wireless LAN can also be used in ad-hoc mode to connect 16 PSP systems together for local gaming competitions amongst family and friends.
The Sony PSP can also be used as a portable media entertainment centre, although you will need to purchase Sony memory sticks if you don't already have them. Use it to save your photos, and play MP3 files and videos (which have to be converted to MPEG4 format using a Sony encoder). The Sony PSP has rich stereo sound, with two speakers on the unit, or you can plug in headphones.
The Sony PSP is powered by an integrated high-output lithium-ion battery that provides between 4 and 10 hours of power (depending on usage) between charges.
The summary of our Sony PSP review? You're gonna LOVE it!
| - Dimensions: approx.
170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D).
- Weight: approx. 260 g (including battery).
- CPU: PSP CPU (system clock frequency 1~333MHz).
- Main memory: 32MB; embedded DRAM: 4MB.
- Disc drive: UMD Drive (Audio/video playback only).
- Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD 480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colours);
max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control).
- Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers.
- Main input/output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi).
- Headphone/Microphone/Control connector.
- Keys: Directional buttons (up/down/right/left); analog pad; Enter keys (triangle, circle, cross, square); left and right keys; START, SELECT, HOME.
- Switches: power on/hold/off; brightness control; sound mode; volume +/-; wireless LAN on/off;
- Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor.
- Compatible with: USB 2.0 (target); Memory Stick PRO Duo; IrDA; IR Remote (SIRCS).
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