In this series of articles, we take a closer look at the forgotten device. The aim is to look back at the devices of the past and which techniques were used at the time. In this article, we take a closer look at the original PlayStation Portable, also known as the PSP. Sony’s first mobile game console.

Sony’s portable console; the PSP

The PlayStation Portable is a portable game console from Sony. The PSP was first announced at E3 in 2003 and then unveiled at E3 in 2004.

Sony focused on a portable game console with the PlayStation Portable. In Europe, the console appeared on September 1, 2006. Then in 2007 a new PSP Slim & Lite appeared. The PSP-3000 was subsequently released in 2008. At E3 in 2009, Sony announced that the PSP Go is the new model.

Competitor

The PlayStation Portable was the answer to the Nintendo DS, although the Nintendo was by far the most popular device, Sony has still had a significant share in the mobile handheld market.

A huge amount of games have appeared for the PSP and 80 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Hardware

The original PSP-1000 had an MIPS RS4000 processor which was set to 222Mhz by default. The display contained a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels.

PSP Go

In 2009 Sony released the fourth model in the PlayStation Portable line; the PSP Go. This was not popular and had quite disappointing sales. Sony completely stepped on a new design and was therefore smaller and lighter. The PSP Go has a compact, extendable design and is supported with Bluetooth functionality.