Sony PSP 2000 and PSP Go

Sony’s PlayStation Portable first made it’s entrance to the market five years ago, on the 24th March. It become available in the US then and saw release to other parts of the world shortly after. Since then, the PSP has seen several make overs. The original 1000 series is now referred to as the “phat PSP”, ever since the PSP 2000 series, aka PSP Slim was launched in 2007 making the portable device 33% lighter and thinner. Shortly after, in 2008, we saw the release of the PSP 3000 series, aka “PSP Brite”, which had an LCD screen with five times the color contrast ratio. Sony’s latest PSP offering came in the form of the PSP Go in Fall 2009. The PSP lost it’s UMD drive and instead, titles can be downloaded from the PSN Store. Currently there are more than 520 UMD titles and over 300 titles on the PlayStation Network.

You can view the full press release from Sony after the jump.

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A new PSP-3000 bundle is available today, on the day that Assassin’s Creed II is available for the PlayStation 3 as well. Italso includes the Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines PSP game and a PlayStation Network Voucher for the Angels & Demons movie.

Packed in the Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines PSP Entertainment Bundle:
– White PSP-3000 system
– 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
– Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines UMD game
– Angels & Demons movie PlayStation Network Voucher
– Sony Music Voucher for 10 song downloads

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The Sony PSP 3000 is Sony’s newest advancement in mobile gaming. The 3000 is certainly an upgrade from previous PSP models. Right away you notice that the screen looks sharper and brighter. At times in older models, when you went into a dark area in the game it became hard to see and navigate your way around the game. The sony PSP 3000 also features Skype, and built in microphone to further advance the PSP in online gaming. The PSP also has a great game lineup with many of your favorite titles from the original playstation as well as new titles. Many of these titles also offer graphics that are superb to titles available for the Nintendo DS.

While the 3000 is definitely a step in the right direction, that does not mean that the system is perfect. During graphic intense moments while gaming, the system often displays scan lines and even has some lag while it computes what’s going on. The screen also has problems of its own. If you are able to actually remove all of the fingerprints the screen seems to attract, you then have to worry about the glare. I don’t think anyone is sure why Sony isn’t using glare resistant screens with their PSP’s, as it has been one of the biggest complaints throughout their production.

In conclusion, if you own a PSP already, it’s probably worth considering whether you really need to upgrade before buying. The PSP Brite is a step above what you have now but, not a lot really. If you are considering buying a PSP, the 3000 is the best model currently available. The PSP 3000 is a step in the right direction, but the system is still far from perfect, it’s getting there though.

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John Koller, hardware director of Sony Computer Entertainment America has said that due to significant interest in the PSP 3000 Ratchet & Clank Size Matters pack, they will be continuing to sell the Mystic Silver pack in North America, with Piano Black becoming available in December.

Because of the significant interest, the PSP 3000 4GB pack has been cancelled. Many retailers cancelled pre-orders for the pack over the weekend. Those interested in a bigger memory stick can purchase a 4GB Sony memory stick from fall for $44.99.

Other retailers such as Amazon are already offering the 4GB Sony memory stick for a lower price and have done for a while.

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Sony’s new version of it’s handheld gaming device, the Playstation Portable is due out for release next Tuesday, the 14th of October under the moniker of the PSP 3000 however, a Best Buy employee has opened one of the Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Packs early and has sent in photographs of the ‘event’ to Engadget.

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