fter nearly 3 years of ‘airtime’, PSP’s finally getting a remodel, and this will try to cover it to the greatest extent of depth possible. No actual name for this has been confirmed, so until stated otherwise, we will address it as it’s model release ID, which is PSP-2000, or rather PSP2K, as it will be abbriviated here.
While it doesn’t particularly look to be a drastic change on the outside, you’ll notice the internal build has undergone some serious and intense revision, as we will reveal in full detail.
|E v e n t s : .
|• (NA – September 2007) Release of PSP-2000 Core System
– PSP2K “Piano Black”
• (JP – September 2007) Release of PSP-2000 Core System
– PSP2K “Piano Black”
– PSP2K “Ceramic White”
– PSP2K “Ice Silver”
– PSP2K “Rose Pink”
– PSP2K “Lavender Purple”
– PSP2K “Felicia Blue”
• (EU – September 2007) Release of PSP-2000 Core System
– PSP2K “Piano Black”
– PSP2K “Ice Silver”
• (NA – September 2007) Release of PSP-2000 Daxter/Family Guy Value Pack
– PSP2K “Ice Silver”
– UMD Game: Daxter
– UMD Media: The Family Guy “Freakin’ Sweet” Collection
– 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo
• (JP – September 2007) Release of PSP-2000 Final Fantasy VII Value Pack
– PSP2K *Limited Edition FFVII White*
– UMD Game: Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
– Buster Sword Lanyard Strap
• (NA – October 2007) Release of PSP-2000 Star Wars Value Pack
– PSP2K *Limited Edition Vader White*
– UMD Game: Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
|S p e c s. / C h a n g e s : .
- Profile is made 33% lighter, 19% slimmer
If you’re a hardcore PSP gamer, you may have encountered such an effect where using your PSP for an extended time led to an unpleasant, cramped and painful feeling. This revision not only makes the device a lot more sharp, a lot more true to it’s title of a “portable” and a lot more sleek, but makes it a lot easier on the wrists for those playing for extended time.
- Improved Directional Pad
For fighting games – and many other games of other genres, the PSP’s d-pad simply didn’t cut it last time, leading people to go to drastic measures to make their gaming experience work out, as any complex usage of the diagonals was simply impractical on the lowly placed horror. Naturally, this issue has been addressed when considering the remodeling, and it’s confirmed that the d-pad has been fixed to function comfortably and efficiently(yes, diagonals too).
- Audio/Video Output
In this new PSP remodel, you will be able to output the contents of the PSP’s screen to your TV. If you’ve been paying close attention to the PSP scene from the beginning, this probably sparked some dejá vu as this is no new concept for the PSP, but rather the revival of one originally proposed to launch with the original PSP… except this time, it’s actually happening; and it will be capable of HD output. Output options, so far, include Composite and Component which will be sold separately from the PSP2K. Likewise, the PSP2K had to undergo some minor changes to it’s media controller input for the new A/V capabilities, and is no longer compatible with the standard media remote(of course, there will be a new one designed specifically for the PSP2K).
|A/V Functionality Chart : .
||Images, Music & Video
||Images, Music, Games & Video
- WLAN Switch Relocated
In the original PSP model, the WLAN switch was very poorly placed; a hand concentrated elsewhere(like say, the game) could easily slip and bring your ad-hoc or infrastructure experience to an end in the middle of a heated match. At it’s original location, it’s very easy to flick off with the palm of your hand. The PSP2K‘s WLAN switch is now placed on the top of the device; eliminating the chance of this error.
- Infrared Port Removed
Unless you happen to be a homebrew user, you notice that the infrared port on the original PSP served little to no use. It’s an outdated medium, and with the PSP having WiFi, it was practically nothing but a pointless addition that consumed battery life. The PSP2K does away with this outdated medium, ultimately eliminating one more factor of the battery consumption.
- Docking Port Removed
The original PSP model contains a docking port which, applied to a docking station, could be used to recharge the PSP via the docking port’s connectors. Since there is already a means of doing this without the docking port, it was uneccessary – and therefore removed.
- Speakers Relocated
In the original model, the PSP’s speakers were placed at the bottom of the device, projecting the sound below the gamer instead of in front, and putting the speakers within the direct reach of your hand in a manner that they could easily be covered up and hamper the auditorial fraction of the gaming experience. ThePSP2K has the speakers located on the face of the unit to do away with the aforementioned errors.
- RAM Upgraded from 32MB to 64MB
The original model PSP only has 32MB of internal memory; upgrading to 64MB will benefit everything from gaming to the battery life to maybe even the internet browser. In what ways it will benefit them will be explained as this article progresses.
- Improved Load Times
This is quite possibly the most controversial change for the new PSP. No matter what gamer of what group you’re a part of, you’ve likely heard complaints about the PSP’s load times. In the PSP2K, the system’s internal architecture has been completely revamped to revolve around it’s new RAM upgrade. This means that a lot more data can be stored in the RAM Data Cache, and the gamer will ultimately benefit by dealing with a significant amount less load time.
- Improved Analog Input
For most newcomers to the PSP, the analog nub is a bit tough to get used to; namely because of it’s shape and size being so much different. While it may not look much different to the untrained eye, a quick comparison between the original PSP and PSP2K reveals that the analog has been made quite a bit larger to improve the grip and handling of the analog nub.
- Improved Battery Life
With the IR port gone, the stress of loading heavily decreased, and many other internal tweaks, the PSP2K has benefitted with a great improvement in it’s battery life. On a 1200mAh battery(the included standard of the PSP2K) it will be able to get roughly 5-6 hours of playtime. If you already own a PSP, that statement probably made you raise an eyebrow – namely because that’s the exact same playtime as we already get on the original PSP. Take a closer look though, and you’ll see that it’s getting that battery life on what is technically an inferior battery, meaning that the PSP2K has obviously become a lot more efficient when concerning battery consumption. This also means that, applied to a 1800mAh(or the official Sony 2200mAh), your playtime will likely break the 10 hour barrier, at the expense of a small bulge on the battery’s side of the PSP.
- USB Charging Functionality
The USB input on the PSP2K now has added functionality that allows it to be charged via your PC’s USB cable. This could be useful for a quick charge if there are no power outlets available, or if it happens to work while transferring files, but otherwise this addition is pretty underwhelming compared to all the other major changes.
- UMD Input Changed
Instead of the standard mechanical UMD slot as featured in the original PSP, thePSP2K has a new UMD insertion method: A UMD Tray. With the UMD tray, the UMD sets in a UMD-shaped hold, and simply snaps shut. Doesn’t particularly seem as secure as the method of the original model, but is definitely much smaller.
- Memory Stick PRO DUO Input Modified
The MSPD input has been changed to exchange the thin, rubber material (that originally bonded the PSP’s MSPD cover to the main device) with a much stronger and much more efficient plastic cover. It has also been slightly moved upwards and is now below the d-pad.
|O v e r a l l I m p r e s s i o n : .
|Admittedly enough, the original PSP was far, far from technical perfection. The gamers asked for a better d-pad, less punishing load times, and better battery life as those were very necessary requests, and lack of them were ultimately hampering the gaming experience.All of the necessary requests were met, but, contrary to expected Sony behaviour, Sony didn’t stop there at all; they actually went all out on this one!Most handheld device remodels could be described as “Underwhelming at best” with very few actual changes aside from some button relocations and a moderate size trim, but this remodel is a total overhaul; and does enough to drastically change the PSP gaming experience, while not making the orignal completely obsolete.
|PSP-2000 Changes Overview : .
|• Profile is made 33% lighter, 19% slimmer
• Improved Directional Pad
• Audio/Video Output
• WLAN Switch Relocated
• Infrared Port Removed
• Docking Port Removed
• Speakers Relocated
• RAM Upgraded from 32MB to 64MB
• Improved Load Times
• Improved Analog Input
• Improved Battery Life
• USB Charging Functionality
• UMD Input Changed
• Memory Stick PRO DUO Input Modified
Verdict: The PSP2K is definitely a major improvement.
|• See some side-by-side comparison pics from Famitsu! •
|Q u e s t i o n s / R u m o r s : .
|• Q: “Can the PSP2K’s A/V out be used to it’s fullest on an SDTV?”
• A: “Video game output will only work with TVs that have component input; while this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to drop half a grand to upgrade to a HDTV, you will need at least a later model SDTV that has component inputs(very cheap, under $200).”
• Q: “Since the PSP2K requires a new media remote, will it be included with the value packs?”
• A: “No, it must be purchased separately.”
• Q: “Does the PSP2K come with any of the A/V out cables?”
• A: “No, the Composite or Component cable must be purchased separately.”
• Q: “What colors will the PSP2K be available in?”
• A: “Piano Black(Core), Ice Silver(Daxter Pack) and Ceramic White(Star Wars Pack)”