At a time when portable battery-powered devices, with acceptable autonomy, were scarce, Sony saw the opportunity to launch a video game console, which in turn was a player of motion pictures and interactive books in digital format.
Bosh, in the field of portable consoles, brings for the first-time optical discs called UMD and an analog controller with joystick function, which allows greater ease of operation and becomes a cursor in certain programs. A USB mini B port that, among other functions, allows you to connect the machine to the computer by exchanging files and programs with greater ease. In the new models, an output that allows you to play the games on an external TV screen. It also brings a headphone and microphone connector and PSP 3000 and PSP GO built-in microphone as standard. A virtual keyboard is also available in some programs as it appears in some mobile phones.
PSP has the ability to reproduce and display according to the firmware version, among others, the following formats:
- MP3, for music, audiobooks and podcasts
- WMA, MIDI, for audio
- ATRAC3 plus
- MPEG-4 AVC
- JPEG for photos
- PNG for images
- Animated GIF
- MP4 for video
The console allows audio streaming, that is, to listen to shoutcast Internet radio stations in addition to broadcasting pages.
Some audio and image files do not need to be adapted to the console. It plays several types of video files, although they serve better videos taken or versioned for other portable devices such as iPhone.
Sony originally planned the UMD as a multimedia storage medium in three different versions: UMD Game, UMD Video and UMD Audio. When the console went on sale, the UMD Game format reaches a very wide support but in the case of UMD Video it did not obtain much international support due to the strength of the DVD Video, ceasing to be marketed a few years later, and in terms of UMD Audio its support was almost nil. A UMD disc has a useful life of just over 100 years calculated, which is more than current CDs and DVDs and much more than cellulose Blu-ray. Some UMD titles in addition to the original version, which is usually in English, bring English and Spanish subtitles, thus facilitating language learning.
Video games in UMD format load more slowly than memory stick and in some complex games the slowness is noted. Being a mechanical mechanism, it stores dust and dirt inside the PSP and the reading lens can be stained. The games are classified by content code by age, applying PEGI code, although there are others such as ESRB.
The laptop offers watching movies through two players: the MP4 player and the UMD Video player.
The UMD format offers alternatives to MP4 that make it more desirable. Being the advantages of MP4 movies that occupy a third of memory space and that you can modulate their playback speed. The UMD player consists of two modes: UMD disc and ISO image.
The UMD in video format includes cinematographic films, music videos, concerts, documentaries and television series such as The Office, Doctor Who and Little Britain marketed by the BBC television network in the United Kingdom.
It uses a very advanced video system and although the extra contents of a movie in UMD are less than its counterpart in DVD, the sound usually comes in stereo mode and with a quality similar to that of a conventional audio CD.
The power of the console when processing this type of data allows offering surround sound, however, the output connectors limit this possibility, and good quality headphones are more than recommended.
The UMD Video player has more functions than the player for MP4 movies and more options than those of a normal DVD player.
It has a menu where, among other things, you choose the scene, the language of the movie, it usually comes in 5 languages, and the subtitle languages can cover more than 20, which makes the UMD player an ideal piece to learn languages in Anywhere, in an entertaining way.
It has several “screen modes” and “angle option” that offers in some titles, especially musical, the possibility of alternating or varying the camera that points to the protagonist of the film.