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While the dual analog design will never happen, the revision of the PSP does bring a number of improvements owners hoped would come along. Unfortunately the number of problems, especially concerning the TV Out option, forces this into a die-hard fan purchase only. Smaller and lighter can’t make up a mountain of other concerns.

The weight is the obvious improvement from the moment you hold this hardware. It’s more comfortable to hold, and the slimmer size contributes too. A new smooth coating that protects the console from scratches is another immediately apparent improvement. Likewise, the screen is more resistant to damage, though this is the only screen change.

Instead of a spring-loaded tray, the UMD door is manually opened. The discs slide in flush with the back of the tray. It’s easy to load, though not always easy to remove them without the popping action of old. The outer frame of the hardware has been changed to a cheaper feeling plastic instead of metal.

WLAN users will find the switch at the top of the console, and the Memory Stick slot has a far larger, sturdier door higher than its original position. The power switch requires a higher motion to turn on and off to prevent accidental hits. Speakers are moved to an actually logical position on the front next to the screen.

Buttons are firmer, though they bring a loud click when used. The plastic analog nub feels cheaper, although it is tighter to better simulate a true analog stick. Fighting game fans will appreciate the D-pad, making games such as DarkStalkers and Street Fighter playable. Improvements continue with raised function buttons, including start and select.

USB charging has been added to the menu screen, along with the option to cache the UMD to speed loading. These are the only new options to the XMB menu aside from the new TV connection options.

With the TV out feature, things begin to fall apart. It must be noted that unless your TV supports component video and 480p, you cannot play games. You can watch UMD movies, play with the menu, or watch your own videos, but you will not be able to play games. You’ll receive a small error message letting you know. There is no way around this.

Using the decent length cable results in a thick connector attaching to the bottom of the console directly underneath the analog nub. It creates an awkward distraction and uncomfortable feel. The connection point should have been on top of the system, not the bottom. Likewise, this port replaces the headset slot of old; all headsets you’ve purchased for the PSP are unable to be used.

Assuming you have the proper equipment, you would think the problems have passed. Far from it. Games outputting from the PSP are only playable in their native resolution, 480 x 272. Unless you have found a magical TV that supports this resolution natively, games will play in a small box in the center of your screen surrounded by black. The higher the native resolution of your set, the smaller the picture.

UMD movies and the XMB menu fill the screen without a problem. It’s a shock to try a movie (which are of surprisingly solid quality) and then find the games filling only a portion of the screen. According to our Sony PR representative, “There are no plans to change this at this point.”

Further problems include the cheaper battery cover. Not only is it harder to get on and off, the battery never locks into its tray. Popping the cover results in the battery dropping out instead of staying in place. The Memory Card slot is also tougher to access.

On the button side, the square button doesn’t have the pop of the others, and feels softer. The UMD tray is louder when loading, and light yet noticeable vibration can be felt when it’s working. The screen remains the same, resulting in the same low refresh rate that causes an unacceptable amount of blurring when dark objects scroll across the screen.

Aside from the new size, the true selling point of this hardware change is broken. The TV out causes more problems and doesn’t add any real convenience. It’s not worth upgrading to this new PSP unless the weight of the old hardware is overbearing to you.


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  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    What a disappointment. I am interested to see how games look on my native 720p set compared to your native 1080p set. It is also irritating how I cannot even find a core, as I would entertain the notion of buying a core just to have a second PSP.

  • pixelator

    Written perhaps by a Nintendo fanboy? Seems likely, given the disproportionate weight given to trivial complaints and the dismissive attitude regarding real advances in the design. Let’s address in reverse order, in honor of the ass-backwards attitude the author has toward the PSP.

    “The TV out causes more problems and doesn’t add any real convenience.”

    False. Lack of support for non-component, non-progressive capable SDTV sets is a minor concern when you consider the demographic who are buying (or already own) PSPs. Likely a much higher percentage of HDTV owners among this group than the 20% market penetration of the average human being. Frankly, if you’re wanting TV out and are investing in a PSP, you need to get off your cheap ass and get a decent TV, anyway.

    “On the button side, the square button doesn’t have the pop of the others, and feels softer.”

    False. A fault of some early PSP models, but no longer. The square button on the new unit works and performs the same as the others.

    “The UMD tray is louder when loading, and light yet noticeable vibration can be felt when it’s working.”

    How nitpicking can you get? Just like the PSP-1000, the 2000 produces an almost imperceptible vibration due to the inescapable reality of using an internal optic drive. Neither this nor the minute noise of the drive operating interferes with gameplay, even at lowest volume.

    “Further problems include the cheaper battery cover.”

    So it’s a bit harder to get on and off. Should the battery hatch be something that comes off more easily? Wouldn’t that be something to REALLY complain about..?

    “…battery never locks into its tray. Popping the cover results in the battery dropping out instead of staying in place.”

    This is 100% false. I can SHAKE my PSP-2000 while upside down and the battery tray off and the battery won’t come dislodged.

    “(complaining)…games filling only a portion of the screen.”

    Yes, that’s because the PSP renders progressively and the resolution of the PSP (and thus the games) is lower than that of the display. UMD is fullscreen because they’re actually the rez as full size DVD. If the PSP games weren’t bordered, they’d be scaled and look bad. Scaling would require smoothing which the PSP probably can’t do on the fly to outputted video. However, TVs that can zoom on the fly may mitigate this, somewhat. Depends on the TV.

    “(TV cable)…creates an awkward distraction and uncomfortable feel.”

    So then wearing headphones would similarly upset you – or any other peripheral? The cable is out of the way of your hands at the controls – what’s the problem..? One has to wonder how ANYthing meets with your approval when such minutia distracts you.

    “The connection point should have been on top of the system, not the bottom.”

    Now that really WOULD have been ridiculous. A cable that hangs down over the back, making the system topheavy? No thanks.

    “Likewise, this port replaces the headset slot of old; all headsets you’ve purchased for the PSP are unable to be used.”

    Again, you are totally wrong. Did you even bother researching any of these claims? How did you GET this gig, anyway? A quick check reveals any regular headset works FINE.

    “The plastic analog nub feels cheaper,better simulate a true analog stick. although it is tighter…”

    How do you quantify ‘cheaper’? To me, it feels about the same with maybe a tad more throw. If anything, the tighter feel makes it seem better made.

    “The screen remains the same, resulting in the same low refresh rate that causes an unacceptable amount of blurring…”

    Aaaand we’re batting 0 fer! The NEW screen has visibly better color and is a tad brighter, although the refresh seems about the same as before (developers have gotten much better with that, so high contrast ghosting is mostly a thing of the past).

    “Unfortunately the number of problems…can’t make up a mountain of other concerns….”

    Dude, I don’t know what version of reality you’re tapped in to, but here on Planet Earth most of the stuff you listed either is totally wrong or minor at worst.

    I smell a fanboy agenda…

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    “False. Lack of support for non-component, non-progressive capable SDTV sets is a minor concern when you consider the demographic who are buying (or already own) PSPs.”

    No. You can’t make that statement without backing it up.

    “Frankly, if you’re wanting TV out and are investing in a PSP, you need to get off your cheap ass and get a decent TV, anyway. ”

    And what about those parents who buy their kids a PSP this Christmas and don’t see the very small fine print on the back of the box for the cables? Most of them probably don’t even know what pro-scan is in the first place. Saying you need a better TV is a fanboy excuse, not the other way around.

    “False. A fault of some early PSP models, but no longer. The square button on the new unit works and performs the same as the others.”

    I never said it doesn’t perform as well. It doesn’t feel the same as the other buttons, and also moves a little because the hole it’s sitting in is wider.

    “So it’s a bit harder to get on and off.”

    I didn’t say that. It’s cheaper in feel because of the plastic used and far easier to break.

    “This is 100% false. I can SHAKE my PSP-2000 while upside down and the battery tray off and the battery won’t come dislodged.”

    I can debate this all day long and won’t convince you. The battery is way too loose in mine.

    “UMD is fullscreen because they’re actually the rez as full size DVD.”

    Correct. The PSP screen itself is 480 x 272. That’s not even close to a DVD, let alone the movies played on it. However, the UMDs are stored at a higher resolution. When output to a TV, we finally get the benefit.

    “So then wearing headphones would similarly upset you – or any other peripheral?”

    Different. The connection on a set of headphones goes directly down, not off to the left with a bulky connector and thick cable holding it all in place.

    “Now that really WOULD have been ridiculous. A cable that hangs down over the back, making the system topheavy? No thanks.”

    Well, sorry you can’t play the PS2, NES, Genesis, Jaguar, 3D0, Xbox 360, PS3, PS1, CD32, N64, Saturn, Xbox, Master System, Gamecube, or any other hardware I’ve missed where the controller cable comes from the top.

    This is standard controller configuration. Having the cable come from the bottom, especially when it’s right below the analog stick, is horrible illogical placement.

    “Again, you are totally wrong. Did you even bother researching any of these claims?”

    Sigh. I can prove without an opinion. It’s a completely different port due to the video out now being stuck where the headset connector used to be.

    Here’s a few forum posts discussing the problem:

    http://tinyurl.com/32eudj

    http://tinyurl.com/2mdhut

    http://tinyurl.com/2ol5n6

    “How do you quantify ‘cheaper’? To me, it feels about the same with maybe a tad more throw. If anything, the tighter feel makes it seem better made.”

    Cheap plastic is used at the top. Somehow a word didn’t make it in that statement.

    “The NEW screen has visibly better color and is a tad brighter,”

    Give me a link where someone notes visibly better color, not brighter. They’re two different things. And yes, it is slightly brighter, but hardly enough to make this an worthwhile upgrade. Most wouldn’t even notice.

    “(developers have gotten much better with that, so high contrast ghosting is mostly a thing of the past).”

    So it’s okay to limit developers by not increasing the refresh rate?

    “I smell a fanboy agenda…’

    Yep, we love rolling in all of that Nintendo and Microsoft money here at Blogcritics. In fact, we’re so rich, we may just quit this whole gig and move to Nintendo’s country filled with nothing but chocolate mushrooms and kick ass plumbers. We can afford it after all.

  • pixelator

    “No. You can’t make that statement without backing it up.”

    Sure I can. I’m not the one publishing their article on a mainstream critic site and presenting it as fact. Note I said the PSP owning demographic indicated it’s a minor concern. If you want to disprove that theory, feel free.

    “And what about those parents who buy their kids a PSP this Christmas…”

    But how is this actually a failing with the system? The target demographic for the PSP isn’t kids, anyway. You’re grabbing at straws here – it’s unlikely many parents who buy a new PSP for a kid will be doing so based on TV ouput.

    “Saying you need a better TV is a fanboy excuse, not the other way around.”

    So then if I tell someone who owns an old RF/ANT input TV that they need to upgrade to accomodate new RCA/composite/component/S-VIDEO consoles, I’m a fanboy..?

    “I never said it doesn’t perform as well. It doesn’t feel the same as the other buttons, and also moves a little because the hole it’s sitting in is wider.”

    I don’t know if you got some kind of prototype, but using surgical calipers here at work, I can tell you with certainty that the hole the square button has is no larger than the others. Mine doesn’t move more, performs and feels exactly the same. It clicks like the others. If you still don’t believe me, I can post pics or video offsite for you to see.

    “I can debate this all day long and won’t convince you. The battery is way too loose in mine.”

    Don’t know what to tell you – it’s not a matter of convincing me, but it’s not a systemwide problem. My battery is snug.

    “or any other hardware I’ve missed where the controller cable comes from the top.”

    OK, point made. But I still don’t see why it’s such a huge deal to have it come from the bottom – maybe I’ll feel differently when I use mine.

    “It’s a completely different port due to the video out now being stuck where the headset connector used to be.”

    Yes, but you can still use any standard headphones as with the 1000/1001 models.

    “…off to the left with a bulky connector…”

    Um, the AV cable goes off to the right.

    “Cheap plastic is used at the top. Somehow a word didn’t make it in that statement.”

    If you say so – that’s your opinion – To me, the nub feels no cheaper than the old one.

    “So it’s okay to limit developers by not increasing the refresh rate?”

    Look – I’d like it to have been improved, too. That’s one valid complaint I agree with, that the refresh should’ve been improved. But it’s just not a huge deal anymore with newer games. UMD video seems to avoid the issue with a slightly lowered/adjusted framerate.

    “Give me a link where someone notes visibly better color…”

    PSP Fanboy has mentioned it but in a comment, so I can’t find it. I can post a pic of this, too, if you want. I still have my PSP-1000 for comparison. That’s how I determined the color difference.

    “it is slightly brighter, but hardly enough to make this an worthwhile upgrade. Most wouldn’t even notice.”

    LOL – talk about fanboy subjectivity.

    “Yep, we love rolling in all of that Nintendo and Microsoft money here at Blogcritics.”

    Oh right, you couldn’t POSSIBLY be biased, because that would have to mean Nintendo paid you off… Because no biased fanboys ever existed who weren’t, you know, on the take. *cough* Except I wasn’t referring to all of Blogcritics – just you. ;)

  • pixelator

    BTW – I can post a YouTube vid of the same old headphones working on the new jack. You just plug it in. I don’t know where or how you got the idea otherwise. See link

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    “Sure I can. I’m not the one publishing their article on a mainstream critic site and presenting it as fact. Note I said the PSP owning demographic indicated it’s a minor concern.”

    Yes, you need to prove that. You claimed that because the PSP doesn’t output games on SD sets, it’s okay because most PSP owners have TVs that support 480p. It’s a downside to the system, period. That can’t be argued. How big of a problem, that can be debated until facts are known.

    “But how is this actually a failing with the system? The target demographic for the PSP isn’t kids, anyway. You’re grabbing at straws here – it’s unlikely many parents who buy a new PSP for a kid will be doing so based on TV ouput.”

    Target demographic doesn’t mean kids don’t play it. Parents don’t just head out and buy kids a PSP without knowing what they want. A kid may see an ad or hear from a friend that the new PSP had TV output, tells mom, mom buys it.

    How many 10 year olds understand 480p or other HD resolutions? By not allowing 480i output of games, which is baffling if it can downscale UMD movies on the PSP screen, it’s a failing on the hardware. Is this not relevant information for a review?


    So then if I tell someone who owns an old RF/ANT input TV that they need to upgrade to accomodate new RCA/composite/component/S-VIDEO consoles, I’m a fanboy..?”

    Not at all. Saying that the 480p only output isn’t a problem because someone should just buy a new TV is.

    “Um, the AV cable goes off to the right.”

    Yep. My fault. I just woke up when I posted the comment. Oops.

    “To me, the nub feels no cheaper than the old one.”

    I don’t have an older PSP anymore to direct compare, but I believe the older stick was metal. The new one is a thinner plastic.

    “LOL – talk about fanboy subjectivity.”

    The DS to DS Lite has a blindingly high bright screen by comparison (too bright really). That was noticeable. Even with the AC adapter in and the screen on the fourth setting, the difference is minute. That’s not worth dropping another $160 on a console.

    “Except I wasn’t referring to all of Blogcritics – just you. ;)”

    And it seems that I’m also a Microsoft fanboy and Nintendo fanboy, but it depends entirely on the post and who disagrees with me. Odd.

    “BTW – I can post a YouTube vid of the same old headphones working on the new jack”

    Headphones yes. Headsets, as in voice chat for SOCOM and Syphone Filter, do not. The port has been changed and doesn’t allow for them anymore.

  • pixelator

    “Yes, you need to prove that. You claimed that because the PSP doesn’t output games on SD sets, it’s okay because most PSP owners have TVs that support 480p.”

    Not what I said. I said that it was a minor concern when you consider the demographic of PSP owners. While I doubt MOST PSP owners own HDTV, I can assure you that more of them do than the general public – and HDTV is the second fastest adopted tech product on the planet (behind the iPod).

    “Target demographic doesn’t mean kids don’t play it.”

    So then it should be peanut butter proof and come in SPONGEBOB EDITION too, then?

    “A kid may see an ad or hear from a friend that the new PSP had TV output, tells mom, mom buys it.”

    Look mate, that’s a bit of a stretch. I think it’d be better if the thing outputted to regular TV, but it doesn’t – and the fact that it doesn’t isn’t a fatal flaw considering 1). first time PSP buyers likely aren’t focusing on TV output and 2). upgraders who already own PSPs are more likely to own HDTV or at least EDTV. Most sets you see for sale these days, even the cheaper, smaller ones, are HD. Couple of years ago, EDTV was a fairly popular ‘cheap alternative’ that many fell for rather than waiting for real HD. Chances are, if someone bought their TV within the past 2-3 years, it’s at least 480P ready.

    “How many 10 year olds understand 480p or other HD resolutions?”

    Again, you are stretching this ‘flaw’ out to the nth degree. You and I both know that the vast majority of kids that age aren’t going to connect their PSP to their TV. And that is a VERY small sliver of the PSP market, btw – the target demographic is late teens to mid thirties males.

    Just because the new PSP fails to cater to the minority users or the technologically backward doesn’t mean the system deserves to get flunked as you have done.

    “baffling if it can downscale UMD movies on the PSP screen, it’s a failing on the hardware. Is this not relevant information for a review?”

    UMD (basically like mini DVD for the most part) and games (nonstandard resolution progressive rendered graphics) use different video modes/processing. Adding downconversion to games would’ve probably added to the cost. Is that a ‘failing’? I wanted video output since the PSP launched, so it’s not like I never wanted video out (for UMD at least), but you certainly don’t see people capping on the Nintendo DS for lacking this.

    “Not at all. Saying that the 480p only output isn’t a problem because someone should just buy a new TV is.”

    Saying an old TV needs to be upgraded so you can enjoy the newer systems in their proper format (like a 360 or PS3 in HD) isn’t ‘fanboyish’. The PSP certainly isn’t crippled – it functions as well as it ever did without 480i output. But if you want that EXTRA functionality, you have to upgrade your bloody set. Why is that such a big deal? Do you think the new consoles should come with a free HDTV? Should they come with a wireless router and free ISP so that kids can get online more easily and without spending more money? Come on.

    “I don’t have an older PSP anymore to direct compare, but I believe the older stick was metal. The new one is a thinner plastic. ”

    Are you talking about the disc? Absolutely not – it’s never been metal. The new analog nub is a bit bigger in diameter but it’s still the same plastic.

    “The DS to DS Lite has a blindingly high bright screen by comparison…on the fourth setting, the difference is minute. That’s not worth dropping another $160 on a console.”

    What about the OTHER improvements? Weight, size, new colors, video out, better buttons, 64MB, faster load times, USB charging, simpler UMD tray, better speaker location and moved WiFi switch out of the way?

    “And it seems that I’m also a Microsoft fanboy and Nintendo fanboy”

    The point is, you’re not reporting this thing evenly. You’re taking a few relatively minor complaints and one somewhat valid one (video out modes) and giving them disproportionate attention in an effort to make the PSP-2000 look like an utter waste of time and a failure.

    The new model isn’t some holy revolution of the design or anything, but you’re doing people a disservice, here with inaccuracies and and unfair slant and calling its flaws “a MOUNTAIN of concerns.”

    “Headphones yes. Headsets, as in voice chat for SOCOM and Syphone Filter, do not.”

    Right. I thought you were talking about headphones for some reason. My mistake.

    However, your other errors are pretty glaring and you seem unwilling to correct them: The battery is NOT loose — the battery cover isn’t ‘cheaper’ (you offer no evidence of this other than it’s harder to get off) — other than requiring ED or HD for games the video output isn’t ‘broken’ — UMD isn’t louder (other reviews have cited it being quieter – see PSP Fanboy) — analog nub isn’t ‘cheaper’ — Square button feels NO DIFFERENT than other buttons, nor is its hole bigger, nor does it move around too much — the screen isn’t the same as before, it’s a bit brighter (even at same settings as PSP-1000) and the color is a tad more rich, although that’s not ‘proven’.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    Wow I have been missing out on this thread! Hey pixelator – it is a flaw that the new PSP cannot output to a standard def. set, plain and simple.

    A PSP game has a resolution of 480 x 272. That fits within standard definition. I see no excuse why the PSP games cannot be displayed on a standard definition set.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    “upgraders who already own PSPs are more likely to own HDTV or at least EDTV”

    You can’t say that without any certainty. It’s a critical flaw in the hardware. Out of the five people I know with a PSP, two do not own a TV able to output games. It’s not a majority, but even assuming that’s typical, stretch that out over the sales numbers. That’s a lot of people who can’t access the newest feature. That’s not a definitive stat, but something to think about.

    “new colors”

    Only if you buy the bundle of course. If you want the black and bundle, well, sucks to be you.

    “don’t see people capping on the Nintendo DS for lacking this.”

    They don’t advertise the feature or charge $20 for a cable that might not do what you want it to.

    “giving them disproportionate attention in an effort to make the PSP-2000 look like an utter waste of time and a failure.”

    I’m not making it look like anything. It is what it is, and not worth an upgrade. If you’re buying a PSP for the first time, it’s your call. The light weight is great, new d-pad far better, and size a selling point. Unless those three are deal breakers, you could probably find a used PSP1 and save quite a bit.

    “other reviews have cited it being quieter – see PSP Fanboy”

    Um, no.

    The other things you mention are not errors. Those are flaws with the unit I have. It’s not like Sony sends us 20 of these things to compare them all. On my unit, the battery IS loose, the square button is off, the UMD drive is louder/vibrates more than the original, and the screen isn’t noticeably different to warrant any additional points on the topic. I’m a video whore and I don’t see a worthwhile difference.

    “The new analog nub is a bit bigger in diameter but it’s still the same plastic.”

    Definitely not the same plastic. I’ll try and track down a PSP1, but it’s definitely been changed.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    “Wow I have been missing out on this thread!”

    Well come on in. The waters great! Err, the thread it great. yeah.

  • pixelator

    Hi Ken – cheers! You and your blogpartner are entitled to your opinions. But 480p (progressive) isn’t the same as 480i (interlaced), so maybe it’s not such a simple matter for Sony to add interlaced output.

    Me, I think it’s a greater failing that a next gen console like the Wii lacks HD altogether.

    “If you want the black and bundle, well, sucks to be you.”

    There’s plenty of GB, GBA and DS color/morphs that require(d) you to buy the bundle.

    “It’s a critical flaw in the hardware. Out of the five people I know with a PSP, two do not own a TV able to output games.”

    I say F the people who won’t pony up for a decent television and expect to enjoy all the new AV features. Stragglers make the transition to HD take longer. And see? You know 3 out of 5 people with PSP’s who have 480P+ (ED or HD) capable televisions. Thanks for lending credence to my theory that more PSP users are HD ready. :)

    “They don’t advertise the feature or charge $20 for a cable that might not do what you want it to. ”

    Sony doesn’t advertise that it CAN output to SDTV. You of all people should appreciate not bundling the cable when not everyone can utilize all the AV features.

    Look. Sony is FAR from angelic, but your message is waxing Quixotic, here – and I don’t recall seeing any component cables in my Wii or 360 Core boxes…

    And now on to your steadfast adherence to your blatant fallacies (again):

    1). New nub isn’t visibly ‘cheaper’. You thought the original nub was METAL. End of story.

    2). Square button isn’t loose, hole isn’t larger, doesn’t feel much, if any, different than other buttons. Again, I can post evidence of this if you need it.

    3). Drive doesn’t make more noise/vibration than original. Joystiq/PSPF says “You’ll notice that both systems will make the same disc loading noise.” – Since the drive with cache on accesses the UMD less, you hear it less. I can post proof of this, too.

    4). The battery isn’t loose. Another poster on the PSP forums talked about how he is using a PSP-1000 battery without a cover because it stays planted in the PSP-2000 snugly. Of all the reviews of the system I’ve seen, you’re the only one complaining about this issue. Video proof again available.

    5). “I’m not making it look like anything. It is what it is, and not worth an upgrade.” <–?? Talk about a contradiction. Suffice it to say, you’re taking your entirely subjective opinion on the PSP-2000 based in part on INACCURATE info and proffering it as solid fact.

    Do you want me to make vids of what I’m talking about? It’s not something I’m exactly chomping at the bit to do, but I’m telling you, your facts are not straight here. If that matters to you, that is. You seem to be unwilling to relinquish your adherence to your conclusion, no matter what contrary evidence is presented.

    PS – I played Jeanne D’Arc on my 42″ Panasonic Plasma tonight – awesome! The smaller box isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t ruin the experience and I understand why Sony’s doing it. They don’t want their $169.99 system to compete directly with the PS2 or PS3 as a home console. Even so, homebrewers have already managed to get full screen gaming working, so for those who know how to download a file and copy it to their PSP, it’s not even an issue (check PSPhacks). Like Nintendo with the original non-lighted GBA and the Afterburner kit, expect Sony to reluctantly follow the hacker’s lead and do fullscreen gaming, eventually.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    I will read through your comment when I am more coherent. I would just like to point out that the homebrew community has produced a proof-of-concept that allows the PSP 2000 to output games at the same size as it does the XMB and videos — that is taking up the entire width of the screen. AND it allows you to use composite cables for non HD sets — 720×503 in composite, 720×480 in component.

    There is *no* excuse why Sony has not addressed this issue in a firmware upgrade, or hell, how about in the PSP 2000 feature set from day 1?

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    F the people who do not have HDTV huh? Isn’t that an elitist angle to take. I am sure if you asked Sony if hey did not care for their non-HD customers, they would not say “ah, F them.”

  • pixelator

    Sony’s apparent excuse for not doing full game frame in composite or component is that there’s lag. I’m not sure I believe it myself, but there it is.

    So I’m not sure I agree there’s “NO EXCUSE” for lack of 480i composite fullscreen gaming, but I do agree it would be optimal if supported.

    Yeah, F people who don’t at least have EDTV with 480P. Is it elitist to believe it’s time people chucked their old sets if they expect to get the most out of current gen game systems? Were post-Atari 2600 consoles that lacked high-contrast B&W output ‘elitist’ for not better supporting non-color sets?

  • http://mik michale

    i think the new psp is actually really good.!!!!

  • http://gossett gossett

    sony loves taking fanboys money.anybody who supports this is a true fanboy,and won’t mind at all getting their mcdonalds earnings rip off..enjoy sony fanboys,long live ds

  • Sam

    Pixelator Wins!

  • wongaling

    when i play my new psp 2000 i cant feel a thing with the umd vibrations the new version feels nice and sexy i havent upgraded i never owned a psp so im not a rick kid jst waited but really this guy who wrote the review is totally a nintendo fan boy PSP FTW

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    I just bought the GOW bundle. I have no problems with the TV Out cable getting in the way of using the analog nub at all. I also think it is easier to get the battery cover off (and my battery does not fall out) and the new door for the Memory Stick is easy to get into, but the old one worked just as good. I just hope those 4 rubber pieces hold the door on over the course of time.

    My problem with the UMD door is that whenever I try and close it the UMD disc does not seat correctly all the time and the left side of the door catches. That is annoying. I just don’t like the door in general.

    The D-pad is much better, especially for games like Beats, where you are using left/right all the time.

    Since my TV has a native res of 720p I knew I would be getting a “bigger” picture when playing PSP games on it. It takes up about 70% of the LCD, though I know there is a hack out to fix that issue.

    I am pretty happy with it. I sure do like how light it is compared to my original PSP.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    LOL I love the comment before mine. Really. Yea. Matt is such a Nintendo fanboy. Sure he is.

    Hate to tell ya but there is vibration from the UMD on the PSP 2000 that the original unit did not have. This can be contributed to the cheaper plastic construction considering the original had a metal frame, and as such was a lot heavier.

  • http://www.google.com Levi

    I think we need a sega fan who won`t take sides. [personal attack deleted]

  • http://www.google.com Levi

    o ya pixelatorwins

  • ale K.

    its a bitch!

  • AaronM

    -ahem!-

    DS FUCKING SUCKS!’

    PSP FUCKING RULES

    YOU SUCK!

  • Master5657

    You are all KId’dos… you should review it and tell us anything that is good and bad about the product so that other’s like ME will be totally informed… thats the meaning of this blog… get it?! Not those crappy DS or PSP Shits…

  • john637

    Wow the comments are even longer than the review…