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Different Types of Sony PSP






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    The PSP was first announced in 2003 at a press conference during the annual E3 Electronics Expo. Rumors had been swirling ever since the death of the SEGA handheld that Sony would be the next logical competitor for Nintendo's wildly popular Game Boy franchise. The system first debuted in Japan in late 2004, and came to U.S. shores in early 2005. It was well received and praised for its cross-media bar, which allowed users to watch movies, listen to music or browse the Internet. The PSP was originally marketed as an all-on-one media device, but it failed to substantially cut into the Nintendo DS' market because of its lack of noteworthy game software. However, the PSP has added several features in recent years, which has helped to bolster it's lagging sales.


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    So far there have been three different iterations of the PSP hardware: the "original" PSP, the PSP-2000 (also known as the Slim & Lite) and the PSP-3000. The original PSP is the most basic of the three and features a somewhat chunky design, as well as decreased screen brightness. The PSP 2000 and 3000 are both much smaller, and have slightly brighter screens. The 2000 and 3000 models also included extra features, outlined below.


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    All standard PSPs have several standard features: a fully-functional Web browser, Internet radio capabilities, video (MPEG) playback and expandable flash drives. The PSP-2000 and 3000 have brighter screens and can connect to Skype's VoIP service to make telephone calls over Wi-Fi signals. The PSP-3000 has a stronger LCD screen, a built-in microphone and better video-out connectivity.


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    The PSP is significant because it is the only handheld device to compete directly with Nintendo in the last ten years. It is also the first handheld gaming device that has media and Internet capability out of the box without additional software requirements.


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    Because of the PSP's expandable flash drive, piracy has become a major problem on the device. Although it may seem easy to download a game for your PSP onto a flash drive, doing so is illegal and can result in prosecution.


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