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Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console

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Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console
 
4.5

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93%

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  • Fun to play (3)

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  • All ages (4)
  • Multiple players (3)
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Play with yourself on the go.

Sony finally entering the portable ring. Here is their powerful **Playstation Portable** (or PSP for short) and see why everyone is talking about this system. Now before you make a mad...Read complete review

Sony finally entering the portable ring. Here is their powerful **Playstation Portable** (or PSP for short) and see why everyone is talking about this system. Now before you make a mad rush to the store to buy your PSP there are a few things you should know first. First off the bloody little thing is **250 bucks** Canadian (that's 199 US for those in the states and about 845 bucks for you unlucky Europeans)! When you get your wife or husband to cosign all the papers and you finally manage to make your first down payment on the PSP you're ready to see what's inside. The system comes with a huge and clear 4 inch wide screen (huge for portable screen anyway) a cross pad, four action buttons, two side buttons, and its own Analog stick too. The package comes with an 32 Meg Memory Stick (which surprisingly doesn't hold as much as it sounds), a battery charger, a protective case, a waist strap, a cloth to wipe off the screen, and head phones. Not a bad list of goodies plus like the **Gameboy SP** and the Nintendo DS the PSP comes with its own AC Adapter which recharges the system's battery which would be great if it wasn't for one big problem. Although the system works fine with the AC Adapter attached, the battery life for the PSP can be very limited on the go to say the least.So what does the PSP do you ask? You can basically play games (called UMD's) that are nearly as powerful as Playstation2 titles themselves. Easily making them some of the best looking portable titles currently on the market. Just take a look at games like **Metal Gear Portable Ops, Spiderman 2, **and** Ridge Racer**, they look way superior to any title found the rival DS system and many games support the system's Wi-Fi so you can play multi-player titles over a wireless connection. Because the system uses tiny GameCube-like discs there is a lot more memory storage compared to the standard carts as well.The new loading times are a bit annoying but you get use to it. What is hard to get use to is the system's rather tiny Analog stick. Don't get me wrong, I love that the PSP comes with both an Digital pad and Analog stick especially after playing all those crappy 3D DS games on a flat crosspad but the thing is so small that it really doesn't make too much of an impact. For example; games like **Ape Escape** that were fun on the Playstation and PS2 are almost unplayable here on the PSP.  The games aren't not the only cool thing about the PSP, the system can also be used to surf the Internet believe it or not and it can even play its own custom made UMD movies too.OK, the PSP may cost more then the DS and **Gameboy Micro** and that battery life isn't very long but since the system is just loaded with with so many special features it's very hard to walk pass it, eh? The system has superior graphics and higher quality music then the Nintendo DS, plus it even has various ports and upgrades so the system can do much more then play just games. Once you see what this little sucker can do and you discover addictive games like **Lumines **the price difference really doesn't matter. If you got enough money be sure to give this unique and powerful portable system a look. **PSP Overall Rating: 73/100** **StarSoldier1** 2007(Ryan Genno)

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Great on-the-go console

**The PSP - Sony PSP or Playstation Portable System by Sony is not at all a bad console in design but lacks a lot of quality games for the adverage gamer.  When...Read complete review

**The PSP - Sony PSP or Playstation Portable System by Sony is not at all a bad console in design but lacks a lot of quality games for the adverage gamer.  When I say it lacks games I mean there are not a lot of great games for it for my tastes; only about 4 to 5 games are a "must-have."  On the upside the Sony PSP also plays movies!  This little feature has saved me many a boring hours on long airplane and train rides and there are a lot of good movies available for it besides the games.  Becasue of this I would say this product is fantastic for kids and adults alike most especially if they travel often.  The battery life really isn't too bad but do to the high features and graphics is worse then other handheld consoles maybe 5-8 hours, depending).  The screen is wide and by far the best so far with this technology but, on the bad side, can be very fragile and may scratch easily.  However screen protectors can be purchased to help with this (which are cheap and actually work well without any knowledge of their presence smudging or fogging the screen).  Take a look at the games and movie before purchasing and you will e able to easily decide if the PSP is worth your time but I do recommend a look-see beforehand to make sure it is the right choice for you or as a gift.  There are also internet features and if should be kept in mind it requires an SD card of sorts to act as a memory but it is a one time buy and not too costly.**

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5.0

Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console

By 

from fares,algeria

About Me Frequent Player

Pros

  • Excellent Gameplay
  • Fun For All Ages

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kids
    • Multiple Players

    Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

    The centerpiece of the handheld is its especially impressive 4.3-inch wide-screen display (480x272 pixels, 16.77 million colors). The screen is flanked by controls that will be immediately recognizable to fans of past PlayStations: the directional keypad is to the left of the screen, and the familiar square, triangle, circle, and X buttons are to the right. We dug how Sony managed to include an analog "joystick" below the directional keypad. The stick isn't raised like the analog controls on a PS2 or an Xbox, but it conveys that multidirectional element that gives it a joysticklike feel.
    Sony's PlayStation Portable is the most powerful handheld game console so far, but it is also the largest and heaviest (though the Nintendo DS is larger overall when open). It's also the nicest looking, with a sleek, rounded industrial design aesthetic. The button configuration matches that of its big brother, the PlayStation 2, except the PSP only has one shoulder button on each side and has only a single analog nub instead of the PS2's dual sticks.

    PSP's Sights and Sounds
    The PSP's screen is larger than that of other handhelds, with a higher resolution, so playing games and even watching movies is a visual feast. The stereo sound isn't especially loud through the built-in speakers (third-party manufacturers offer small external speakers to make up for it), but with headphones on you can hear every sound effect and crank up the volume to buffet your eardrums.

    Multimedia for PSP
    Games and movies are available on Sony's UMD (Universal Media Disc) format, which is -- Sony says -- DVD quality. There is also a Memory Stick slot for a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo. The PSP can play back audio and video saved on a PSP-formatted Memory Stick, and can display saved photos or other image files. Each firmware update supports more audio, graphics, and video formats, expanding the possibilities.

    PSP Power
    A lithium-ion battery pack offers a decent length of play time (playing graphics-intensi

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Affiliation:
    • I received a sample
     
    3.0

    Appropriately at leisure

    By 

    from New York

    About Me Casual Gamer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Audio
    • Kid Appropriate

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Ages

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      Appropriately at leisure

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      4.0

      good battery and very good Applications

      By 

      from xe. san joes

      About Me Frequent Player

      Pros

      • Challenging
      • Easy to learn
      • Fun To Play
      • Kid Appropriate
      • Multiplayer

      Cons

      • Poor Graphics

      Best Uses

      • All Ages
      • Multiple Players

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      it is the hot Device conceal in this year

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      2.0

      I Dislike it

      By 

      from Algeria

      About Me Frequent Player

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Poor/No Multiplayer Mode
      • Poor Graphics
      • Poor Instructions

      Best Uses

      • All Ages

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      I did not like it and I wish to Updated

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      5.0

      years now. It was a gift from my husband, and I have enjoyed

      By 

      from years now. It was a gift from my husband

      About Me Gaming Novice

      Pros

      • Challenging

      Cons

      • Boring

      Best Uses

      • Adults
      • All Ages
      • Multiple Players
      • Older Kids
      • Teenagers
      • Young Children

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      One of the finest gaming portable of its times.

      Graphics Quality
      I remember when this first came out no electronic device could have a crystal clear picture if you were looking at the screen from the side. The PSP was my first device that changed that. It was crystal clear from all angles no matter where you're sitting.

      Controller Comfort
      It's a bit on the heavy side but I rather have this than some flimsy cheap plastic. The PSP has smooth curves that will easily fit in your hands and the buttons are appropriately placed.

      Ease of Use
      The UI is simple and not cluttered. Everything can be found under its appropriate category. No guides are necessary on how to use it because if the icons.

      Durability
      I've been through a lot with mine and I am still amazed at how it works without any problems. This is the best version of PsP because it is not flimsy like the 2000 or 3000 version. I dropped mine on the floor (I was young) numerous times and the screen never shattered. It got wet from Sandy last year and it still working after that.
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      4.0
      PSP is so great!!
      2/10/2012
      By phoenix11
      from Huntington Park, CA
      Follow me
      PSP the system is great that it got everything like the Internet, radio, music, settings, has a video player, and a camera for picture in your background for the PSP. The PSP Internet is good that u can browse the internet to look all your favorite stuff but you cannot play video player because the system does not have any upgrade for the sytem just to browse the website oh yeah and cannot play online games but it does other features like saving picture from the internet and put in your memory stick. The radio is kinda oh okay because you can listen to music if you can find some. The setting for the PSP its great that you can make your background whatever you like including the icons its kinda cool you can make any kinds of icon you like. Now for this new one for the PSP is skype you can talk to your friend with the PSP just like a phone just connect and talk. In skype there are some feature that you can do whatever you want because its a phone that cannot charge you Skype is an amazing thing.years now. It was a gift from my husband, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. The PSP-1000 was definitely worth the investment.

      The graphics on this system are crystal clear and very nearly HD in quality on many games. It is almost like having a handheld PlayStation 3, in my opinion!

      The battery is quick to charge, even from being completely dead, and holds the charge for a long time as well. Even after five years of use, the battery is still going fine!

      I was originally disappointed in the lack of games for this system, but it seems that there are a lot more choices now that the PlayStation Portable has been around a while. I am primarily an RPG player, and I now have quite a stack of good games solely for this system.

      I cannot compare the PSP-1000 to the newer versions, as I haven't had a need to buy them, but I would definitely recommend the original to anyone!
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      5.0
      PSP 1000? its well worth your money
      2/7/2012
      By negimafan
      from Seattle, WA
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      i love sony products. in fact i have bought sony tv, radios, digital cameras, and walkman back in late 1990's through early 2000. altough i was fan of sony products, i always wondered why they do not expand their interest into handheld video game console. as most of us are aware, when it comes to handheld video game console, no one can compete against mighty nintendo. during the era of gameboy advance, other companies such as sega, wonderswan tried their best to stay in handheld video game market but they all have failed, and ended up canceling theirfuture plans. Sony; however, was fully aware of how nintendo domninated the handheld console market and anyone who tries to compete against them will end up losing more money than their investment. however psp sold pretty well compared to nintendo ds since the total number of sales for sony psp was over 60 million and nintendo ds sold over 135 million. i would recommend psp 1000 or any other psp series over nintendo ds.

      Graphics Quality
      The graphic is superb compare to nintendo ds series.

      Game Variety
      there are lots of game to try out.

      Controller Comfort
      d-pad is awesome.

      Ease of Use
      very easy to pick up and play.

      Durability
      my psp is in perfect condition even after 5 years.
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      4.0
      fantastic
      11/10/2011
      By NancyFiorenza
      from Campbell, OH
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      Sony psp is fantastic not only can you watch movies, listen to music and play games on it but you can be on your own community and chat with others play the games with others. A small handheld with a wide range of possibilities. Fantastic graffics and great sound.

      I just wish the screen was a tiny bit larger or the volume could be raised higher but for the price its a great deal.
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      5.0
      awsome
      11/10/2011
      By carlbrown
      from morro bay, CA
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      this is a really really nice product soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo should really buy it
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      5.0
      The PSP is a must, if you are a traveler.
      11/9/2011
      By Mia0510
      from Amery, WI
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      I got the PSP for my fiance as a Anniversary/Christmas gift. We both absolutely love it! My fiance takes it on every trip, even if only an hour away. There seems to be soooo many different things you can do with it (internet, music, upload videos & pics, games, movies, etc). I am also impressed on how long the battery lasts, my fiance plays it almost every day and we only charge the battery about 2 times a week. There are only 2 things that I don't like, the first is that it is difficult to use all of the buttons while playing a game because it is much bigger than just a regular playstation controller. And the second thing is the speakers on the counsel are very quiet and in the info booklet that came with it, they advised to leave the speakers turned up all the way. So, unless you want to blow the speakers on the counsel, you can't barely hear it. Overall, though, it was well worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Playstation.
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      5.0
      awesome system
      11/9/2011
      By P1princess86
      from Orlando, FL
      Follow me
      This is definately one of my favorite portable systems, and they fact that they made it more affordable is even better. The new features on are even more awesome, it is slimmer and more light weight, has better load times, you can even use tivo for a one time fee of $24.99, and a plathora of other features that are great. Even the use of compatibility with the playstation 3 has a numerous amount of opportu.

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      • Yes
       
      5.0

      The brick nokia phone but as a portable gaming system

      By 

      from USA

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      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      One of the finest gaming portable of its times.

      Graphics Quality
      I remember when this first came out no electronic device could have a crystal clear picture if you were looking at the screen from the side. The PSP was my first device that changed that. It was crystal clear from all angles no matter where you're sitting.

      Controller Comfort
      It's a bit on the heavy side but I rather have this than some flimsy cheap plastic. The PSP has smooth curves that will easily fit in your hands and the buttons are appropriately placed.

      Ease of Use
      The UI is simple and not cluttered. Everything can be found under its appropriate category. No guides are necessary on how to use it because if the icons.

      Durability
      I've been through a lot with mine and I am still amazed at how it works without any problems. This is the best version of PsP because it is not flimsy like the 2000 or 3000 version. I dropped mine on the floor (I was young) numerous times and the screen never shattered. It got wet from Sandy last year and it still working after that.

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      4.0

      PSP is so great!!

      By 

      from Huntington Park, CA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      PSP the system is great that it got everything like the Internet, radio, music, settings, has a video player, and a camera for picture in your background for the PSP. The PSP Internet is good that u can browse the internet to look all your favorite stuff but you cannot play video player because the system does not have any upgrade for the sytem just to browse the website oh yeah and cannot play online games but it does other features like saving picture from the internet and put in your memory stick. The radio is kinda oh okay because you can listen to music if you can find some. The setting for the PSP its great that you can make your background whatever you like including the icons its kinda cool you can make any kinds of icon you like. Now for this new one for the PSP is skype you can talk to your friend with the PSP just like a phone just connect and talk. In skype there are some feature that you can do whatever you want because its a phone that cannot charge you Skype is an amazing thing.

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      5.0

      I love my PSP!

      By 

      from Wrightstown, NJ

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      I have owned my PlayStation Portable-1000 console for almost five years now. It was a gift from my husband, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. The PSP-1000 was definitely worth the investment.

      The graphics on this system are crystal clear and very nearly HD in quality on many games. It is almost like having a handheld PlayStation 3, in my opinion!

      The battery is quick to charge, even from being completely dead, and holds the charge for a long time as well. Even after five years of use, the battery is still going fine!

      I was originally disappointed in the lack of games for this system, but it seems that there are a lot more choices now that the PlayStation Portable has been around a while. I am primarily an RPG player, and I now have quite a stack of good games solely for this system.

      I cannot compare the PSP-1000 to the newer versions, as I haven't had a need to buy them, but I would definitely recommend the original to anyone!

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      5.0

      PSP 1000? its well worth your money

      By 

      from Seattle, WA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      i love sony products. in fact i have bought sony tv, radios, digital cameras, and walkman back in late 1990's through early 2000. altough i was fan of sony products, i always wondered why they do not expand their interest into handheld video game console.  as most of us are aware, when it comes to handheld video game console, no one can compete against mighty nintendo. during the era of gameboy advance, other companies such as sega, wonderswan tried their best to stay in handheld video game market but they all have failed, and ended up canceling theirfuture plans. Sony; however, was fully aware of how nintendo domninated the handheld console market and anyone who tries to compete against them will end up losing more money than their investment. however psp sold pretty well compared to nintendo ds since the total number of sales for sony psp was over 60 million and nintendo ds sold over 135 million. i would recommend psp 1000 or any other psp series over nintendo ds.

      Graphics Quality
      The graphic is superb compare to nintendo ds series.

      Game Variety
      there are lots of game to try out.

      Controller Comfort
      d-pad is awesome.

      Ease of Use
      very easy to pick up and play.

      Durability
      my psp is in perfect condition even after 5 years.

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      • Game Variety:
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      4.0

      fantastic

      By 

      from Campbell, OH

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Sony - PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 Console:

      Sony psp is fantastic not only can you watch movies, listen to music and play games on it but you can be on your own community and chat with others play the games with others. A small handheld with a wide range of possibilities. Fantastic graffics and great sound.

      I just wish the screen was a tiny bit larger or the volume could be raised higher but for the price its a great deal.

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      • I received a sample

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