The PlayStation Portable or PSP is a portable video game console of the Japanese-based multinational, Sony Computer Entertainment, for video games and multimedia. This is the world’s first portable console from Sony and the second launched in Japan.
The PSP console changed the tendency to make smaller portable devices every time, bringing to the market a console with a larger screen and becoming the second portable console with a D stick (after the Neo Geo Pocket).
The current Firmware of the console is 6.61, where the stability of the system software has been improved while using some features.
The PSP is the third console of the PlayStation line (fifth counting the revisions of the previous ones, or seventh counting only those launched in Japan) and Sony’s first foray into the notebook market; It was officially presented at the Sony company on October 17, 2004.
It was launched in Japan on December 12, 2004. The PSP “slim” revision of the console was launched in September 2007. In August 2008, the PSP-3000 was released. It is currently available worldwide. The console was discontinued in Japan on June 4, 2014, while in America it was discontinued in early 2014.
The console was very successful in its first days of commercialization. The first week got the figure of 2,000,000 units sold. At the end of 2007, the console’s sales figures stood at 29 million units sold, a fairly good figure, although it does not match the sales of its direct competitor, Nintendo DS.
The “PlayStation Portable” is a game console without internal memory, with memory card slot, and also with a port to connect a portable camera capable of recording videos and taking photos, optical disc player, TV output (from the second model), 4.3-inch widescreen (16: 9) display with a definition of 480 × 272 pixels capable of displaying a color range of 16,770,000 colors; It also has integrated stereo speakers, ability to play various multimedia formats, such as MP4 video, listen to music while playing, MP3 function, movie playback, photo viewer, integrated microphone, USB 2.0, wireless connections, connection Internet, 3D video games, lithium battery, as well as other accessories (depending on the version). This device can perform many of the functions of a desktop video game console, a desktop computer, a smartphone: watch movies, games, surf the Internet, play audio files, etc.
The interface used to access all sections, functions and contents of the PlayStation Portable is called XMB, and it is an operating system that Sony has included in other devices of its own, from the PlayStation 3 console to high-definition video players and televisions Bravia.