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A look at the redesigned PSP's insides & manual

If you can't wait to get your hands on the redesigned PSP, than perhaps the inside look at the system, and it's manual over at Ookm will interest you. The blog post does a good job of not just showing what the new PSP version has for specs, but also what the original was equipped with (in case you forgot).

It's certainly interesting to see diagrams of how the new PSP will hook up to your TV, and where exactly those component cables will plug into. The post also shows off parts of the manual that explain the USB charging feature, the expanded main memory, how it will use a new remote, and exactly where the WLAN switch was moved to. It's all great info, but as a PSP fan it's always difficult to see a PSP ripped open.

[Thanks Don!]

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Don1

7-16-2007 @ 10:10PM

Don said...

Check out the headphone/remote. It's the same as the old one, but the connector pin is different, and it's also L shaped. And they make it clear that the old remote won't fit.

And also check the pages about the battery charging. Same charge time for using the AC adapator as the old PSP; 2.5 hours. But charging using USB takes 5 hours.

Also.... the battery life is stated in the manual as being:

Game approx. 3-6 hours
Video Playback approx. 3-5 hours

So... that's basically the same as the old PSP. That's not great. Isn't the PSP Slim supposed to have a longer battery life?

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Don2

7-16-2007 @ 10:19PM

Don said...

And I'm having a really hard time trying to get around the "component input only" for PSP games on the PSP Slim. I wonder if it's possible to allow for composite input for games, like it is for video, in a firmware update?

I don't have an HD tv, so this new PSP feature will be unavailable to me when the PSP Slim arrives.

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kingofwale3

7-16-2007 @ 10:29PM

kingofwale said...

>Game approx. 3-6 hours
Video Playback approx. 3-5 hours

If that is indeed the case. I have one word for you, sony "WEAK"!

if IPhone can get 7 hours of video, why can't you? What a waste of redesign. I for one will stick with my old PSP.

I like the video out design, but it would've been nice before you killed UMD market, now it's just too late.

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ninjakamster4

7-16-2007 @ 10:30PM

ninjakamster said...

Well, the older, thicker batteries in the original PSP will work in this one, so you can have better battery life in that sense. But Gamespot says the battery cover won't fit and so you'll have to buy another one separatedly from Sony. Still, sounds great that if the 1200 mAh batter can get 4-6 hours of standard gaming time, put in the standard old PSP's 1800 or 2200 mAh official batteries or the even bigger third party batteries (if they work on this one). : D

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ZRX5

7-16-2007 @ 10:53PM

ZRX said...

"2. And I'm having a really hard time trying to get around the "component input only" for PSP games on the PSP Slim. I wonder if it's possible to allow for composite input for games, like it is for video, in a firmware update?

I don't have an HD tv, so this new PSP feature will be unavailable to me when the PSP Slim arrives.


Posted at 10:19PM on Jul 16th 2007 by Don"


Exactly what he said. I hope there is the composite option.

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Jerome7

7-16-2007 @ 11:43PM

Jerome said...

When you plug the TV out, can you still see the game play on the PSP screen? Do you think you can turn off the PSP screen and play on the TV to save battery life?

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brettjr8

7-17-2007 @ 12:17AM

brettjr said...

Okay headphones wont work with it and the headphone jack and the plug are different lengths apart then the original psp rendering 3rd party accessories (my psp speaker set) useless as well as forcing the 3rd party developers to make new ones and not support the old psp again.

Now the battery life isn't different?

The only reason I would get it is because of the video output but that's not worth it. It would be nice to use my hdtv as well as friends being able to watch me play but not worth it.

Make mine original.

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Don9

7-17-2007 @ 12:35AM

Don said...

Jerome:

As seen in this pic:

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2007/features/new_psp/newpsp_screen002.jpg

While the PSP is Video Out, the screen automatically turns off. The manual says that you hold the PSPs screen button down for 5+ seconds, and it turns off the screen & switches to Video Out. I haven't seen any screenshots of games on TV, but I'm guessing it's the same as for movies; the screen turns off when PSP games are outputted to TV.

Nice article about the features at Gamespot:

http://www.gamespot.com/features/6173974/index.html?tag=topslot;title;1

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Curmeo10

7-17-2007 @ 12:40AM

Curmeo said...

dont worry about the battery, its not an issue: you will get the same battery life from the PSP v2 as you get from the PSP v1. and you can bet Sony will release higher capacity v2 batteries.

for the same price you get a lighter, thinner, faster, better screen(no ghosting), improved dpad/face buttons, video out, usb charging PSP. rejoice!

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Hashbrown_Hunter11

7-17-2007 @ 1:24AM

Hashbrown_Hunter said...

Yeah, I agree with Curmeo. It seems like a worthwhile purchase to me, seeing as how the original PSP will be "phased out" from the market.

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Trekster12

7-17-2007 @ 3:07AM

Trekster said...

The battery life is much better, if the battery from the new PSP had the same output as the orginal psp the new PSP would last much longer. I am sure that Sony and 3rd party developers are already jumping on this bandwagon. Also OF COURSE it will take much longer to charge via USB as that power output of a USB is much smaller than what you would get from a AC source. This is still good as you have more options to charge your psp.

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Alberto13

7-17-2007 @ 7:18AM

Alberto said...

Well, I bought a PSP very shortly after 'day one' and I love its design, hate the ridicolous battery life...said that I'll probably buy the new PSP because I love the fact that it's lighter and thinner, hate the missing second analog nub because I'm sure that fps games and other would play amazingly good...and that's for me it's really bad Sony: why didn't You put the second analog stick??? WHYYYY??? another bad point it's the "new" battery life...well, i have to say the "same old" ridicolous battery life...I don't need the tv output, I play with PSP&DS because they're portable, and when I want to watch a movie I don't think that I should put an umd in my psp and then connect it to the tv...it make no sense at all...and even if I like the new usb charging feature I'm concerned about the fact that now everytime the psp will be connected to my pc to transfer photos or demos it will be charged, even if the operation will last for few minutes...batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles and this thing will reduce it, or maybe not? What do You think guys?

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Pramod14

7-17-2007 @ 8:13AM

Pramod said...

Well the Full Quick reference manual is here:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/b2elfh

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Kade Storm15

7-17-2007 @ 8:28AM

Kade Storm said...

I am just sold on the idea of no ghosting! Seriously, that is such a relief to know. I think the other features are dandy as well, and for those who were a tad bit disappointed over no nub improvements - I believe the nub was never that messy to begin with.

Now the issue of battery life. PSP in my opinion isn't that much of a battery crisis, and this being the original model. I think the issue of battery has been blown way out of proportion by critics, and it's just galvanised the video game community in a bad way. (Oh, so it isn't the lead star in longest battery life - Boo!) You want bad battery issues, look at the friggin' Game Gear. Now that was a portable-unit with battery issues!

Besides, I'm confident that we'll get better versions of batteries for the slim version with time. I know the 2200 and 3000 mAH versions made a solid difference to my unit.

It's lookin' good.

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Jabberwocky3k16

7-17-2007 @ 9:43AM

Jabberwocky3k said...

This new slimmed-up 'PSP' is intriguing with it's longer battery life, less weight, video output feature and all. Bet I think I'll just stick with my ole launch day system (currently firmawre version 2.81). Some say this system is dead, I think not. Then I turn around and tell them, "Well, that 'PS3' ain't doin' so well, might as well stick with the 'Playstation' I can take everywhere in my pocket." But I will say this, the 'PSP' does have tough competition with the 'Nintendo DS'. My take on this is I think 'Sony' is making a bold, yet wise, move by sort-of redesigning this revolutionary hand held system of theirs. Any way I look at it, I see that the 'PSP' still has much potential, we have only scratched the surface of it's technology.

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Don17

7-17-2007 @ 1:39PM

Don said...

Alberto: "...and even if I like the new usb charging feature I'm concerned about the fact that now everytime the psp will be connected to my pc to transfer photos or demos it will be charged, even if the operation will last for few minutes...batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles and this thing will reduce it, or maybe not? What do You think guys?"

I share your concerns about constantly trickle charging a lithium battery such as the PSPs, and yeah, I do think that shortens its life. But what's great about the new USB charging feature is that it can be TURNED OFF in the settings menu of the XMB.

See this article for details:

http://www.m.pspfanboy.com/2007/07/13/psp-firmware-3-60-reveals-hidden-usb-charge-feature/


If I get a PSP Slim (Vader white!) I'll be turning the USB charging off, because I hook my PSP to my USB to transfer files quite a bit every day. but it's nice to know if I wanted to charge via USB, I could. (I would just do it for a sustained period, not a little at a time, all the time)

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Alberto18

7-18-2007 @ 11:55AM

Alberto said...

Well...thank You Don, that's great! I mean, I was just wondering if Sony thought about including such "smart" option to enable/disable the USB charge feature...and they actually did, that's good!. I was I little worried because it took them a huuuge amount of time before set an option to prevent loading the umd lying in the PSP at startup, it was really annoying...and so I was skeptical about this. Nothing to worry about, well done Sony...PSP slim might not be what I was expecting, but seems good enough for me to buy it and put my day-one-japanese-model in its box...no way that I'm gonna sold it or return to save for the new one! I still have my day-one nintendo ds even if I bought a day-one nintendo DS Lite (lucky me)...seems that the family will grow with a day-one PSP slim??? who knows???...Bye!

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XenoPhage19

7-18-2007 @ 9:47PM

XenoPhage said...

Couldn't Sony also include a faster processor in this as well? 333 Mhz is definitely plenty for now, but they could easily do the same thing they did with the PSP v1 and step up the processing speed with successive firmware releases..

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