Sony PSP Buying Guide

Gaming experience has really advance tremendously during the last few years. Today's latest gaming gadgets do not just include one or two games but a wide array or software games that you can install.

And these are not just ordinary games! These are 3D games designed to take you to a virtual world. You can even play in real time with other player because these gadgets have internet connection.

Best of all, these games gadgets are small and lightweight. You can take them with you wherever you. If you go on a long train or bus ride, you don't have to be bored because you can play with your gaming gadget.

The Sony Playstation Portable (Sony PSP) is the most advanced and sophisticated hand held gaming gadget taking the world by storm today. From Japan, Australia, Europe and the United States, people of all ages are getting hooked on the rich features of the gadget.

LCD Screen

The PSP, among all the handheld gaming devices on the market today, has the largest LCD screen with 4.3 inches wide and 16:9 high resolution. You can play all your 3D games that look real, all to your heart's content. Also, you can download and watch all your favorite videos on these clear and beautiful LCD screen.

PSP Games

There are hundreds of portable games you can buy for a minimal price. One of Sony PSP's highest selling games is the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

You can also download lots of free games and demos for commercial PSP games from the internet.

PSP Color

There are six colors of PSP body to choose from whichever suits you personality: black, ceramic white, metallic blue, pink, champagne gold and silver.

PSP Camera

This is a digital camera that is an external accessory. It is connected to the main PSP body through a universal serial bus (USB) and screws to hold to hold the camera on its mount. The camera has a resolution of 1.3 mega pixel and can also take videos.

Wireless Connection

There is absolutely no problem connecting to other PSPs, local computers and the internet because PSP can cannot through Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

The GPS uses satellite medium to send signal so that you can get your precise location anywhere on earth. Some releases of PSP have GPS-enabled games such as "Hot Shot Golf" and "Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops". An upcoming addition to the PSP features is the digital TV receiver.

Web Brower

The PSP can also let you browse your favorite websites or check your emails because it ships with a browser and is capable of connecting to the internet. But as can be expected because PSP screens are significantly smaller than desktop or laptop monitors, web contents will have limited display capabilities.

Multimedia Player

The Sony PSP can play many audio and video formats. Some of the audio codecs supported by the Sony PSP are WMA, MP3, AAC and ATRAC.

As for video, the Sony PSP is compatible with MPEG-4 and AVC formats. If you want to view pictures, almost all common graphic files are supported including JPG, Bitmap and PNG.

Optical Drive

This is where games and other files are stored and this is compatible with Sony's Universal Media Disc Format. The Universal Media Disc (UMD) optical disc may contain up to 1.8 Gigabytes of space but may increase soon.


Battery life of the PlayStation Portable varies depending on the use and brightness of screens. You may want to buy 2200 mAh batteries if you want more life to your gaming time.

It was announced that a new SLIM PSP in development will have greatly improved battery life. Battery life has been one of the major complaints with PSP gamers.

UMD Pouch

This will protect your disks from scratch and breakage wherever you go.

Memory Stick

You add more storing capacity to your PSP with Memory sticks. An additional 32 MB can give you additional games but if you can afford higher capacity, the better. Also consider read and write speeds of memory sticks because they can affect performance in some ways.

AC Adaptor

You will need this to recharge your battery straight to your wall's outlet. In no time, you will be back to enjoying the brilliant displays on your LCD screen. The most dazzling performance of the LCD screen is when the PSP system is plugged.

Car Adaptor

Since PSPs are really designed for people on the go, you should buy a car adaptor so when you run out of power on the road, you can recharge anytime.


You can play your PSP anytime and anywhere but not all the people would share the same excitement with you. Be sure to buy headphones to keep the sound to yourself when you play in public places.

Battery Charger

There is plenty of battery chargers to choose from so make sure you get the ones with the least charging time. Most chargers have indicator light to alert when you batter is fully charged. Some may even beep or make other alerting sounds.