Playstation Portable or also known as PSP was a great advancement in the world of handheld gaming devices. The PSP was the first of such devices to compare well to the memory capacity and graphical abilities of the sixth-generation consoles (original Xbox, Gamecube, PS2). It’s hardware accelerator and dual processor could run ports that were very similar to that of the original PlayStation 2 versions (Persona 3, Grand Theft Auto), while the graphical capabilities of the DS, its rival were similar to those of the Nintendo 64 and PS1.
The system’s rollout for 2004-2005 was a huge success despite initial concerns that the price was too high considering the fact that it was a handheld device. The lifespan of the system lasted for more than a decade, with lots of other newer versions of it released between the year 2005 and 2011. After a while, the PSP became out-dated and the PS Vita was introduced to replace it, but a lot of core gamers still own and play it, because easily run it with homebrew software.
Oddly enough, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) is considered a “failure” in certain circles, mainly because despite Sony’s superior hardware, the Nintendo DS had almost double its sales. However, Sony’s handheld device enjoyed a longer run and sold about 82 million units worldwide making it the third on the list of highest selling handheld device and 8th in the rank of highest selling video games of all time.
Their software line-up probably contributed to the negative reactions to the PSP. They had a strong line-up in certain genres, but were lacking in some others. When it comes to RPGs, it was probably one of the strongest, especially strategy hybrids such as Disgaea series, Japanese RPGs, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter. The PSP also had great games in genres like racing and driving, open-world sandbox, FPS and fighting.
The PSP also equipped players to download an array of digital titles and some good emulators of the PS1 classics all from PlayStation. After the leaking of Sony’s PS3 and PS2 “master keys”, hackers began to get access to it, and they were able to make use of the PS1 emulation for games that were never officially released by Sony. In addition to all the homebrew software, the good emulators for consoles with up to 16-bit generation were developed, now the system works well and you can play anything on the go whether it’s the Sega Genesis or Atari 2600.
The PSP-1000 through PSP 3000, the original PSP series, allows users to play games by downloading the games from the PlayStation Network to a local storage or using a UMD mini-disc. All the new iteration made use of the same type of base design, but with time they added to the internal storage and RAM and also increased the options for the video output. The PSP-300 also introduced an in-built microphone. In addition, the PSP Go is an inexpensive and portable version of the particular system used for the exercise of the UMD drive in case you’re only interested in playing downloaded games. It also has an “extreme budget” known as the PSP street which was released only outside the US and Japan without stereo sound or WiFi capability.
When it comes to game, the PSP is actually not region-locked, however, the UMD movies were locked with their DVD region codes. It doesn’t really make sense to install custom firmware to “root” PSP to make it run whatever you like.
Considering the wide-open nature of its architecture, the PSP remains in popular demand amongst retro gamers. If you unlock the system with the simple prefab boot software located on an SD card, you’ll get an array of retro emulation including the ability to use any PSP ISO file of your choice. There is also a possibility to run PSP ROMS on your portable devices such as smartphone or an iPad. The tutorial about how to download and install PSP Roms and emulators can be found on our website.