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History of video games/Platforms/PlayStation Portable

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History[edit | edit source]

PSP logotype.

Background[edit | edit source]

Though Sony had previously dabbled in portable consoles with the PocketStation accessory for the original PlayStation, the PlayStation Portable would be Sony's first serious attempt at a competitive major portable console.

Launch[edit | edit source]

The PlayStation Portable launched in Japan on December 12th, of 2004 at a cost of 19,800 yen.[1]

The PlayStation Portable launched in the United States and Canada on March 24th, 2005 at a cost of $249 United States dollars or $299 Canadian dollars.[2]

Production[edit | edit source]

On October 1st, 2009 the PSP Go was released as a digital exclusive PSP that removed the UMD drive.[3]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The PSP was succeeded by the much more powerful PlayStation Vita. The PSP is iconic in some regions as a capable handheld for it's era.

PSP production stopped in 2014 with about 70 million consoles sold.[4][5] In early 2021 Sony announced the PlayStation Portable online store would be shuttered on July 2nd, 2021.[6]

Technology[edit | edit source]

The capabilities of the PlayStation portable were roughly between the original PlayStation and the PlayStation 2, offering an impressive level of portable performance for the time.

Compute[edit | edit source]

The PSP used two MIPS architecture R4000 processors clocked at 333MHz, with one used as a dedicated CPU and one as a dedicated Media Processor.[4]

The PSP had a custom dedicated GPU clocked at 166MHz that outputs 24 bit graphics.[4]

Early models of PSP had 32MB of RAM, with later models having 64MB.[4] The media processor had 2MB of DRAM, and the GPU also had 2MB of DRAM.[7]

Display[edit | edit source]

The PSP had a backlit 4.3 inch diagonal thin film transistor LCD with a resolution of 480 by 272 pixels.[4][7]

Notable Games[edit | edit source]

2004[edit | edit source]

2005[edit | edit source]

2006[edit | edit source]

2007[edit | edit source]

2008[edit | edit source]

2009[edit | edit source]

Persona 3 Portable[edit | edit source]

A port of the PlayStation 2 JRPG Persona 3. This game is notable for being among the few games of the time to feature substantial story differences depending on the player selected gender of the protagonist.[8]

Read more about Persona 3 Portable on Wikipedia.

2010[edit | edit source]

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker[edit | edit source]

Read more about Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on Wikipedia.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc[edit | edit source]

A genre blending visual novel with exploration and shooter sections.

Read more about Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on Wikipedia.

Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman[edit | edit source]

An innovative tactical role playing game with rougelike elements.

Read more about Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman on Wikipeda.

Last Ranker[edit | edit source]

Read more about Last Ranker on Wikipedia.

2011[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

Unconventional Uses[edit | edit source]

Hilton Ultimate Team Play was a first person simulation game used by Hilton Garden Inn Hotels to train employees around 2008 and 2009.[9][10] Only 500 UMD copies of the game were produced, and require a special memory card and security certificates to run.[11][12]

Special Edition Consoles[edit | edit source]

  • Madden Metallic Blue[13]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Consoles[edit | edit source]

Technology[edit | edit source]

Events and Usage[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

There are two Wikibooks on developing for the PSP, PSP and PSP Development. There's also a Wikibook on running Map This! on the PSP.

External Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) launch date and price" (in en). https://www.engadget.com/2004-10-27-sony-playstation-portable-psp-launch-date-and-price.html. Retrieved 1 November 2020. 
  2. "PSP US Launch Date and Price Revealed - IGN" (in en). https://www.ign.com/articles/2005/02/03/psp-us-launch-date-and-price-revealed. Retrieved 1 November 2020. 
  3. "Feature: As the PSPgo Turns 10, We Remember the Handheld Ahead of Its Time". 2 October 2019. https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2019/10/feature_as_the_pspgo_turns_10_we_remember_the_handheld_ahead_of_its_time. Retrieved 13 November 2020. 
  4. a b c d e "Full Page Reload" (in en). https://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/gadgets/the-consumer-electronics-hall-of-fame-sony-playstation-portable. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  5. "I’ll Never Love (or Hate) a Console Like I Loved (and Hated) the PSP" (in en). https://www.vice.com/en/article/znmqby/ill-never-love-or-hate-a-console-like-i-loved-and-hated-the-psp. 
  6. Gartenberg, Chaim (19 April 2021). "Sony admits it made ‘wrong decision’ and will keep PS3, Vita stores open" (in en). The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/19/22392126/sony-ps3-ps-vita-stores-open-backtrack-psp-july-2nd-mistake. 
  7. a b "How the PlayStation Portable Works" (in en). 26 October 2004. https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/psp2.htm. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  8. Alexander, Leigh. "What I Discovered From Gaming Like A Girl" (in en-us). Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/what-i-discovered-from-gaming-like-a-girl-5598679. 
  9. "Hilton Garden Inn to Use Interactive Video Game for Workforce Training" (in en). https://hospitalitytech.com/hilton-garden-inn-use-interactive-video-game-workforce-training. 
  10. "Rarest PSP Game Ever: Hilton Ultimate Team Play - Rare Obscure or Retro - Rerez". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vT_inYm9LQ. 
  11. Ago, Rerezin #gaming • 3 Years (2 October 2017). "Rarest PSP Game Ever: Hilton Ultimate Team Play - Rerez" (in en). https://steemit.com/gaming/@rerez/rarest-psp-game-ever-hilton-ultimate-team-play-rerez. 
  12. "Hilton Garden Inn Ultimate Team Play (USA)" (in English). https://archive.org/details/HiltonGardenInnUltimateTeamPlayUSA. 
  13. "Limited Edition Metallic Blue PSP Madden Bundle Announced". Gematsu. 21 May 2008. https://www.gematsu.com/2008/05/limited-edition-metallic-blue-psp.