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Ask PSP Fanboy: Volume 38

It's the end of the week, which calls for a new volume of Ask PSP Fanboy! Each week we'll collect your questions, and each weekend a new volume of Ask PSP Fanboy will appear on the front page. If you've got a question, send an email to justin.eaton @ weblogsinc .com with the subject "Ask PSP Fanboy."

Q. I work for a well-known store and everybody wants to know, what is the new PSP like? Does it play the same games? Does it have it's own memory card or a built-in one?
A. The PSP Brite (PSP-3000) will be very similar in physical appearance and size, with some notable differences including a brighter, glare-resistant LCD screen, and a built-in microphone. It will still play your UMD games, and depending on the pack you purchase, may come with a 1GB or 4GB memory stick.

Q. Will the PSP-3000 have support for Dualshock 3 controllers?
A. Sony has not released any information regarding Dualshock compatibility with the PSP-3000, however we did discover this patent a while back, so it's certainly a [future] possibility.

Q. Hey, I have a PSP-2000 and I don't have a HDTV. I was wondering if I could buy a Component AV cable and have it work for a normal TV until I get an HD one? I know it can't show games but does it still have the right plug-ins for a normal TV?
A. As long as your TV supports the proper inputs (in this case, component), you shouldn't have trouble with video output. Chances are, if you don't have a HDTV, you don't have component inputs.

Q. The new features on the PSP Brite are exciting, but have you heard if they are revamping security against hackers and pirates? I was thinking one of the reasons for the 3000 is better security.
A. We do believe that some of the internal changes in the PSP Brite may have something to do with improved security against homebrew and piracy, although, again, no official information has been released at this time. We'll go into greater detail as the information becomes more clear.

Q. I have a question regarding cases for the PSP-2000 Series. I use the Sony case, but it's massive and has too many sharp corners. Is Logitech planning on releasing a case similar to the PlayGear Pocket but designed for the newer slim model?
A. Believe it or not, they've already released the PlayGear Pocket Slim, which was specifically re-designed for the PSP-2000. You're in luck!

Q. If this site is for the PSP, why isn't it more PSP browser friendly? Every time I access the site through my PSP, whether it's PSPfanboy or PS3fanboy, it takes very long to load, regardless of my connection speed.
A. Try visiting our mobile site from your PSP, That site should load much faster, and you won't miss anything we post on the front page.

Q. I recently read in the UK's official PSP magazine that the PSP was capable of Hi Def video playback. They didn't elaborate, so can you? Is this possible? If so, how do you get HD videos onto the PSP?
A. Technically speaking, the PSP is capable of video playback up to 480 x 272 pixels, because that's the resolution of the screen. High-definition video usually refers to 1280×720 pixels (720p) or higher (1080i, 1080p). However, PSP can only playback video of up to 480p (720x480).

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