PlayStation Portable

handheld game console by Sony

The PlayStation Portable, or PSP, is Sony's first video game console to be released as a handheld. Designed and developed by Sony in Japan, it was first released there on December 12, 2004. It was later released in North America on March 24, 2005, and in Europe on September 1, 2005. It was first announced in 2003 at E3. Its first design was shown off the following year. In addition to video games, the PSP can also be used for playing or displaying music, video, and pictures. To transfer data to a PSP, a USB cable must be used in order to send these files from another device, such as a computer. Games, as well as movies, were released for the PSP on the "Universal Media Disc" (UMD), a specially designed optical disc contained within a plastic enclosure. The UMD can hold up to 1.8 GB of data, far more than a CD, but still less than a DVD. A Memory Stick Pro Duo can be used for additional data storage. The PlayStation Portable is the first handheld game console to use a disc as its media storage instead of a cartridge.

PlayStation Portable
Original model (PSP-1000) and logo of the PSP.
ManufacturerSony Computer Entertainment
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release datePSP-1000:
  • JP: December 12, 2004
  • CAN: February 25, 2005
  • NA: March 24, 2005
  • BRA: March 24, 2005
  • IND: March 24, 2005
  • PAL: September 1, 2005
  • AFR: September 1, 2005
  • HK: August 30, 2007
  • EU: September 5, 2007
  • NA: September 6, 2007
  • KOR: September 7, 2007
  • AU: September 12, 2007
  • UK: September 14, 2007
  • JP: September 20, 2007
  • NA: October 14, 2008
  • JP: October 16, 2008
  • EU: October 17, 2008
  • AU: October 23, 2008
  • WW: October 1, 2009
  • JP: November 1, 2009
PSP E-1000:
  • PAL: October 26, 2011
  • NA: January 31, 2014
  • JP: June 30, 2014
  • PAL: November 30, 2014
Units soldWorldwide: 80-82 million (as of March 31, 2012) (details)
MediaUMD, digital distribution
CPU333 MHz MIPS R4000
Memory32 MB (PSP-1000); 64 MB (2000, 3000, Go, E1000)
StorageMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (from 32 MB to 32 GB), Memory Stick Micro (for PSP Go)
Display480 × 272 pixels with 16,777,216  colors, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD, 3.8 in (97 mm) (PSP GO), 4.3 in (110 mm) (All other models)
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11b),[1] IrDA (PSP-1000), USB, Bluetooth (PSP Go)
Online servicesPlayStation Network
74 mm (2.9 in) (h)
170 mm (6.7 in) (w)
23 mm (0.91 in) (d)
71 mm (2.8 in) (h)
169 mm (6.7 in) (w)
19 mm (0.75 in) (d)
69 mm (2.7 in) (h)
128 mm (5.0 in) (w)
16.5 mm (0.65 in) (d)
PSP E-1000:
21.6 mm (0.85 in) (h)
73.4 mm (2.89 in) (w)
172.4 mm (6.79 in) (d)
280 grams (9.9 oz)
189 grams (6.7 oz)
158 grams (5.6 oz)
PSP E-1000:
223 grams (7.9 oz)
Best-selling gameMonster Hunter Portable 3rd (4.6 million) (as of May 6, 2011)[2]
PlayStation (download only)
SuccessorPlayStation Vita

On January 31, 2014, shipments of the PlayStation Portable ceased in North America. Shipments ceased in Japan on June 30, 2014, and in Europe by the end of 2014.[3]

Games and movies


There are over 700 games for the PSP. The movies look like the DVD. The reason the PSP can have movies is because the disc (Universal Media Disc) has a lot of memory space. In many countries, Spider-Man 2 (the movie) was included for free with the console.



The PSP has built in Wi-Fi. This allows players who are traveling to download items, surf the web and play online. The PlayStation Portable can also connect with the PlayStation 3 as a sort of remote control for movie playback and for downloading content.



There are five versions of the PlayStation Portable, the PSP-1000 (also known as "PSP fat"), PSP-2000 ("slim and light" edition, a lighter version of the original PSP), PSP-3000 ("bright and light" edition, that includes a built in microphone and improved LCD), PSP-N1000 (or PSP Go, with a sliding screen design, bluetooth and internal storage of 16GB replacing the UMD drive.[4]) and PSP-E1000 (similar to PSP-3000, but without stereo sound, Wi-Fi and microphone). Sony subsequently released the successor to the PSP, the PlayStation Vita, in Japan on December 17, 2011 and starting worldwide on February 22, 2012.



The PlayStation Portable is similar to the Nintendo DS, because they are both for games you can take with you. However, Nintendo and Sony said they were made for different people. The DS has sold more units than the PSP.[5]


  1. "Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code". Sony. Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
  2. "Platinum Titles". Capcom. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  3. "Sony Discontinuing PSP". IGN. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  4. The PSP Go Improvements, 2006. ElecPress.
  5. "Consolidated Financial Highlights" (PDF). Nintendo. April 25, 2011. p. 16. Retrieved June 5, 2011.