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PSP-2000
Psp slim & lite.png
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Product family PlayStation
Type Handheld game console
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability EU September 5, 2007

NA September 6, 2007

AUS September 12, 2007
Media UMD
CPU MIPS R4000-based; clocked from 1 to 333 MHz
Storage capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo and internal flash memory
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b, USB 2.0
Best-selling game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2.7 million) (as of November 26, 2008)[1][2][3]
Predecessor PlayStation Portable
Successor PSP Go (concurrent)
PSP-3000
Retail availability NA October 14, 2008
EU October 15, 2008
JP October 16, 2008
AUS October 23, 2008
Units sold 267,000 in Japan (as of November 1, 2008)[4]

PSP Slim & Lite is a name used in the PAL territories[5] to refer to the redesigns of the PlayStation Portable handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. The same models were called simply PlayStation Portable in Japan and North America.

At E3 2007, Sony released information about a slimmer and lighter version of the PlayStation Portable.[6] The new PSP is 33% lighter and 19% slimmer than the original PSP system.[6] The model numbers have changed to PSP-2000, following the previous region-based numbering scheme (cf. the PSP-1000 numbering scheme of the "old" PSP model).

It was released on August 30, 2007 in Hong Kong, on September 5, 2007 in Europe, on September 6, 2007 in North America, September 7, 2007 in South Korea and September 12, 2007 in Australia. On January 8, 2008 built-in Skype Wifi Internet phone service was added via firmware updates.[7]

The PSP-3000 is an updated version of the PSP-2000, released in 2008, marketed in Europe as "PSP Slim & Lite (with enhanced screen + built in microphone)". It is supplemented by the PSP Go; Sony continues to support both the 3000 and the Go, as the Go cannot use UMD disks.

Contents

Features and changes

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Hardware

The PSP Slim & Lite system is 19% thinner and 33% lighter than the original PSP system (reduced from 23 mm to 18.6 mm and from 280 grams [9.87 ounces] to 189 grams [6.66 ounces]). [6][8] Internal changes to achieve this include the removal of a metal chassis (used to reduce damage in the event of sudden trauma to the system resulting from the user dropping the system on a hard surface). However, users have complained about generally poor hardware assembly like misaligned faceplates[9] and loose/creaky battery covers.[10]

Other changes include improved WLAN modules and Micro-controller, and a thinner and much brighter LCD.[11] To target the original PSP generation's poor load times for UMD games,[12] the internal memory (RAM and Flash ROM) was doubled from 32 MB to 64 MB, which also improved the web browser's performance.[13]

Features

Battery

PSP Slim Memory Stick PRO Duo Slot

To make the PSP slimmer, the capacity of the battery was reduced by 1/3. However, due to more efficient power usage, the run time of the PSP is still the same as the older model. Older model batteries will still work which extends the amount of playing time. However, the battery cover on the newer model does not fit over the older battery due to its bulkier size. The batteries take about one and a half hours to charge and last roughly 4.5–7 hours depending on factors such as screen brightness settings, wlan and volume levels.[14]

In mid-December 2007, Sony released the PSP Extended Life Battery Kit, which includes a 2200 MAh battery with a battery cover that fits over the bulkier battery included;[15] initially only available in North America.[citation needed] The kit comes with two new battery covers, one black and one silver. In March 2008 the Extended Battery Kit was released in Japan. However, unlike North America the batteries are sold individually with one specific cover. There are three separate kits, one with the black cover, one with the silver cover and one with the white cover. This means that North American Star Wars PSP owners, whose PSPs were in black and silver colors, can now get the Extended Battery Kit with color matching cover by importing the White Extended battery kit over the Internet[citation needed]. This would also resolve some users discontent with the Darth Vader silk screen, since the Japanese white kit comes with a plain white cover[citation needed].

External appearance, inputs and outputs

The PSP Slim & Lite has a new gloss finish. The serial port was also modified in order to accommodate a new video-out feature (while rendering older PSP remote controls incompatible). PSP games will only output to external monitors or TVs in progressive scan mode, so televisions incapable of supporting progressive scan will not display PSP games. Non-game video outputs fine in either progressive or interlaced mode. USB charging was made possible (the PSP Slim will only charge while it is in "USB mode". It cannot be charged via USB when playing a game). However, there are unofficial USB charge plug-in downloads for charging the PSP with a USB without the need for being in USB mode. The D-Pad was raised in response to complaints of poor performance[16][17], while buttons offer improved responsiveness, confirmed in the GameSpot "hands-on" review: "several GameSpot editors have noticed that the d-pad and buttons on the new PSP provide a little more tactile feedback for a better overall feel."[18].

A new simpler and more compact UMD loading tray design was developed, in which the tray swivels out instead of opening up completely, while the Wi-Fi switch was moved to the top of the PSP. To address many consumer complaints about the Memory Stick door breaking off the old PSP, the Memory Stick door has been relocated and redesigned. The speakers were repositioned on the front of the PSP near the top of its screen. The infra-red port was also removed because it offered no use to the original PSP generation other than in homebrew applications. Its analog stick was also redesigned to be more flexible and is not removable without opening the PSP. The air vent at the top of the original was also removed.

A "1seg" TV tuner (model PSP-S310) peripheral, designed specifically for the PSP Slim & Lite model, was released in Japan on September 20, 2007.[19]

TV output and accessory port

Sony added TV output to the PSP Slim through Firmware 3.60. It can output in a conventional aspect ratio (4:3) or widescreen (16:9), and offers a screensaver if the PSP is inactive for a set amount of time. It is able to output games, videos, and other media. To achieve TV output on the Slim model, Composite, S-Video, Component and D-Terminal cables are sold separately by Sony. PSP format games are output as a progressive scan signal, which can be carried only by the component video and D-Terminal cables, and displayed on televisions which support progressive scan. While connected to an external display, "PSP" format games and software does not output a full-screen image, instead displaying in a smaller window. However, the PSP system software, music player and video playback are displayed full screen. As of firmware update 5.00, PlayStation (PSone) format software purchased from the PlayStation store is output in full-screen mode and optionally in interlaced format for non-progressive displays. Although the user needs Component cables and a TV that supports 480p (mainly found in HDTVs) to play PSP format software, a homebrew plugin called "FuSa" allows anyone with a Slim PSP to view their games on any SDTV or HDTV using Composite or Component cables. It's also advantageous to those with TVs that do support 480p because it allows a full screen (1:1 ratio) viewing of games. The maximum resolution through TV output is 720x480 pixels, and composite video uses NTSC color encoding (no PAL composite signal is available, although it works on a NTSC compatible TV in Europe). The old Playstation Portable (PSP-1000) is not capable of this feature due to a slightly different port. As a result, original PSP accessories (using the connector) will not work with the Slim and the Slim's accessories will not work with the original PSP. Sony has released a new version of the remote control accessory designed for the Slim as a result. The PSP Slim can still use 3.5 mm headphones, like the old PlayStation Portable.

Sony confirmed their GPS Accessory for the United States at Sony CES 2008. The GPS is to be retailed for the new Slim PSP models. It will feature maps on a UMD, and offer driving directions and city guide.

PSP-3000

In comparison to the PSP-2000, the PSP-3000 has an improved LCD screen with an increased color range, five times the contrast ratio, half the pixel response time to reduce ghosting and blurring effects, a new sub-pixel structure, a microphone, a new disc tray design, new button designs and logos, and anti-reflective technology to improve outdoor playability. It can also output all games by component or composite using the video out cable. [20]

Homebrew

The homebrew community were initially unable to hack the later PSP-2000s and the PSP-3000 because it had a new CPU (motherboards revealed to be TA-088v3 (for PSP Slim) and TA-090v2 (for PSP-3000)) which does not support the PRE IPL Exploit used in hacking the previous versions. This is due to the Motherboard having its own PRE IPL where it checks the firmware thoroughly, if passed the PRE IPL is cut off entirely to prevent unwanted modifications to the system.

In November 2008, Datel announced a "Lite Blue Tool" battery which allows the PSP-3000 to boot into service mode. This battery is not able to start homebrew as the new PRE-IPL has yet to be cracked. [21] The Lite Blue Tool was deterred from distribution due to legal action by Sony.[22] Some time later, Datel changed the name from Lite Blue Tool to Max Power Digital and changed the description.[23]

MaTiaZ, a known hacker in the PSP hacking community found an exploit which is done with a US copy Gripshift and a HEN save game exploit. However, this was only temporary. After the release of this initial hack, a sizable increase in sales of the game was experienced. Many eBay sellers inflated their prices to cash in on the sudden demand. A revised version of the PSP firmware (v5.03) was released shortly after to patch the exploit. [24] MaTiaZ found a TIFF exploit which is proven to work on 5.02 firmware for PSP-3000 as well as 5.03 firmware for PSP Slim & Lite and the original PSP. However, Davee, another known hacker found a new TIFF exploit and has created a Homebrew Enabler (HEN) which would allow the execution of unsigned code by users. In the Sony Official firmware 5.50, the TIFF compatibility has been removed, therefore disabling any future attempts on TIFF exploits. The HEN for the TIFF exploit, which was called "ChickHEN", was released on May 5, 2009.[25][26][27]

On June 5, 2009, Custom Firmware 5.03GEN-A for HEN was released, which is compatible with both PSP-2000 v3 and PSP-3000. It allows users to play game backups (ISO/CSO), PS1 games, and includes access to PSN, VSH, and recovery mode.[28] This marked a major step forward in ending Sony's PSP-3000 piracy protection. Two days later, on June 7, 2009, the PRE-IPL of the PSP-3000 was also partially cracked when a duo of hackers Xenogears and Becus25 released custom firmware support software for the formerly unhackable handheld called "Custom Firmware Enabler 3.01" in which PSP-3000 users can install custom firmware and flash those firmware's files onto the PSP's RAM with the aid of "ChickHEN".[29][21]

PSP 2000 Retail configurations and release dates

  • Japan
    • Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core "Ice Silver with engrave" Limited Edition - September 12, 2007
    • All Colours (Piano Black, Ceramic White, Ice Silver, Felicia Blue, Lavender Purple, Rose Pink) - September 20, 2007
    • Deep Red - December 13, 2007
    • Star Ocean "Felicia Blue with engrave" Limited Edition Bundle - December 27, 2007
    • Gundam Limited Edition "same as European Spiderman edition with engrave" - February 7, 2008
    • Mint Green - February 28, 2008
    • Monster Hunter Portable "Gold PSP Slim with silkscreen and bundled with UMD case, matching pouch and matching strap" - March 27
    • Matte Bronze/Gold. April 2008
    • Metallic Blue June 17, 2008
  • North America
    • Daxter Ice Silver Bundle - September 5, 2007
    • Piano Black Core Pack - September 27, 2007
    • Star Wars Ceramic White Bundle with "Darth Vader" "silkscreen" on back - October 9, 2007
    • God of War: Chains of Olympus Deep Red Bundle with "Kratos" "silkscreen" on back - June 6, 2008
    • Madden NFL 09 Metallic Blue Entertainment Pack - August 12, 2008 [30]
  • Australia
    • 2 Colours - Ceramic White/Piano Black - September 12, 2007
    • Simpsons - November 16, 2007
    • God of War (Ice Silver, bundled with God of War) - March 27, 2008
    • Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core (Ice Silver and Crisis Core Game) - June 19, 2008
  • United Kingdom
    • Piano Black - October 26, 2007
    • Ceramic White - October 26, 2007
    • The Simpsons "Yellow/White PSP with blue font (Exclusive to Tesco/Toys R Us)" - November 23, 2007
    • Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core (Ice Silver and Crisis Core Game) - June 20, 2008
  • South Africa - September 24, 2007
  • Europe
    • Piano Black - September 5, 2007
    • Ice Silver - September 5, 2007
    • Spider-Man "Red Glossy/Black Matte surface with black buttons" - November 11, 2007
    • The Simpsons "Yellow/White PSP with blue font" - November 15, 2007
    • Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core (Ice Silver and Crisis Core Game) - June 20, 2008
  • Korea - September 7, 2007
  • Hong Kong - 10 Colours (Piano Black, Ceramic White, Ice Silver, Felicia Blue, Lavender Purple, Rose Pink, Matte Bronze, Mint Green, Deep Red, Metallic Blue) - August 30, 2007
  • Malaysia - October 10, 2007
  • Singapore
    • PSP Slim October 10, 2007
    • Deep Red December 13, 2007, The Deep Red was discontinued in Singapore in July 2008.
    • Matte Bronze May 20, 2008

PSP-3000 Release dates

The PSP-3000 was released on October 14, 2008 in North America, in Europe on October 17, 2008,[31], and in Australia on October 23, 2008[32] The core set was to be the only way to get a black version in North America, however, due to the success of the bundle in that region, SCEA had initially dropped but has secretly restarted sales of the core set (as of early 2009) and the 4GB Memory PSP Entertainment Pack was to be released in December 2008. The silver bundle includes a coupon to download Echochrome, while the black bundle instead includes a coupon to download Everyday Shooter.

On October 27, 2008, John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing for SCEA, announced on the PlayStation Blog that the Ratchet & Clank PSP bundle will be available with a Piano Black PSP-3000 starting December and that the previously announced 4GB Memory PSP Entertainment Pack was canceled.[33] In Japan, the value pack does, in fact, have a 4GB Memory Stick, though this version does not come with a movie or a game. The new Piano Black bundle includes the same game and UMD movie as the already released Mystic Silver bundle along with a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo.[34]

In Europe the console was released in eight different bundles.[35]

The PSP-3000 was released on October 16, 2008 in Japan.[citation needed] In its first four days on sale, the PSP-3000 sold 141,270 units in Japan, according to Famitsu.[36] In October 2008, the PSP-3000 sold 267,000 units in Japan, according to Enterbrain.[4] Two bundles will also be released for the holiday season: Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam: on November 20 and Patapon 2 Donchaka: on November 27.[37] In New Zealand, it was released on October 17, 2008.

The Mystic Silver and Ice White models have a new smooth finish, while the Piano Black model still has a glossy finish. The PSP 3000 is currently available in Piano Black, Pearl White, Mystic Silver, Radiant Red, Carnival Green, Vibrant Blue and Lilac Purple.

Reception

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