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Joystiq and PSPFB hands on with PSP-2000: Part 1

This September, Sony will be unleashing the first ever revision of the PlayStation Portable. Codenamed PSP-2000, the system sports a new slimmer design, and the ability to display content on a television. There are a lot of mysteries surrounding the new system -- but tonight, we're going to clear things up. We asked the readers of PSP Fanboy to submit their questions and received about a hundred responses. That's a lot of ground to cover, so we're going to spend the next few days answering as many as we can. Let's begin.

The PSP-1000's volume wasn't that loud. Did they increase the volume?
Submitted by: dapurplebyrd
As you can see, the speakers on the new PSP (right) are not louder than the old PSP (left). With headphones on, the volume output is identical as well.

What firmware is shipped with the PSP?
Submitted by: mike

The system includes firmware 3.60. Some new features of the firmware include: USB Charge, new background colors (27 in all!), and Connected Display Settings (for TV output).

What video sizes does it play? Hopefully 640x480.
Submitted by: Surtur

Nope. PSP 3.60 still does not support 640x480 video, which means many iPod-compatible video podcasts still don't work on the PSP.

Is the system quieter when loading data from the UMD?
Submitted by: Brandon
In some ways. The PSP will still make that scratching noise when loading data from a UMD. However, it does seem to happen slightly less often. Listen to the video, though. You'll notice that both systems will make the same disc loading noise.

Do files open faster on XMB?
Submitted by: TheHood

We loaded up our 4GB Memory Stick Duo with tons of 1080p images and had the PSP generate thumbnails. In our test, we noticed one thing: the two systems performed identically.

Is ghosting still noticeable?
Submitted by: Saigon

Yes, ghosting is still noticeable on the screen, particularly in scenes involving bright whites. The screen isn't bad -- let's not forget that the original PSP screen still produces fantastic video.

Does the web browser take advantage of the added memory? For instance, can web sites that cause the old PSP's memory to run out work on the Slim?
Submitted by: [email protected]

We were trying to read our favorite gaming blog when this error message struck. Seemingly, the browser is another thing that hasn't been improved in the new PSP.

What happens if you press the screen button long enough to start video out if it isn't plugged in?
Submitted by: Don
The screen simply turns off, just as it did before. This will help you conserve battery.

Is it possible to play music while viewing a slideshow on the PSP with this new release?
Submitted by: Sai
No. When you enter a different part of the XMB, your music will stop just like before.

How is the Wi-Fi connection? Can you test the range?
Submitted by: Makiyura

The range for both PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 seem nearly identical. For us, the system lost a signal once more than 30 feet away from our wireless router. In terms of download speeds, we saw that the PSP-2000 had only a marginal advantage, one that could have been caused by random network speeds, rather than an inherent system design. Regardless, PSP-2000 constantly outperformed the original PSP in our RSS download tests.

Do the buttons actually have a better response/feel to them?
Submitted by: Dennis
Yes. The buttons have slightly more resistance, which makes it much better to the touch.

I heard that when you output games to your HDTV (through component), the picture is framed. Is it true?
Submitted by: Sephiroth_FF

Yes it is true. On our 61" TV, the image produced by the PSP was 42" on our TV. That means, in diagonal terms, less than 70% of your screen will be devoted to the game. The XMB, however, will appear in full screen, as will movies and everything else accessed from there:

The image quality of games is particularly impressive. Ignoring the somewhat significant borders, the games we played looked like they were being output by a PS2. Movies, on the other hand, fared worse. Our Spider-man 2 UMD looked good, but didn't match the quality of a properly upscaled DVD running on the PS3.

There are still a lot more questions to answer. However, we need to spend a little more time with the system. Expect answers to burning questions on PSP-2000's load times, battery life, TV out functionality, and more in the next few days.

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8-31-2007 @ 9:23PM

John said...

saigon, dude u rock.


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9-01-2007 @ 12:08PM

Alex Atkin UK said...

Ok, anyone saying the ghosting on the PSP is "barely noticable" is blind.

I have owned a PSP for a long LONG time and the ghosting is my biggest complaint, other than the thing being uncomfortable.

Its NOT only really noticable in movies (although it makes UMD Movies unwatchable in my opinion, fast panning shots are just a huge blur and made me dizzy) I in fact noticed it right away on Ridge Racer, every time you turn there's a great big brown poo coloured ghost of the track and car. Its noticable in EVERY SINGLE THING YOU DO ON THE PSP! This is coming from someone who has owned a PSP since before they were out over here in the UK.

The PSP is useless for video playback because of that single flaw, its annoying for gaming due to cramping my hands and the ghosting as well. The ghosting alone in games I can ignore, the sheer uncomfortable shape of the PSP trying to use the analog and the L and R buttons at the same time, I cannot.

Out of memory errors in the web browser? Thats totally unforgivable now the new PSP has 64MB. Thats more than the Wii has and I have never ONCE seen Opera on Wii run out of memory, it runs million times better than the PSP browser. Even my PDA while being slow and not supporting FLASH, it doesn't run out of memory running Opera either and it scales the web pages down to 320x240 far far better than the PSP scales down to 480x272. Sony chose a crap web browser I'm afraid.

The PSP has obvious flaws to anyone who isnt sucking up to Sony. They also seemed to reduce the WiFi reception range during one of the firmware updates and its been poor ever since. I used to be able to browse the web with 20% signal, now I need 50% to stand a chance of it working. So yes, the PSP has issues, BIG issues. Issues that caused me to stop using it regularly as I couldn't get WiFi reception anymore once they reduced its range.


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9-18-2007 @ 3:56PM

Larz said...

The PSP is an amazing gadget. It does more for cheaper than anything else out there. Any minor "flaws" in the design that they polish out is just icing on the cake in my opinion.

It's funny how heated the ghosting issue is. For me, ghosting and screen life have been a deal-breaker for ALL LCD monitors and TV's. Yet, people are making the switch anyways and it is in fact hard to find CRT's anymore. So how does one explain that?

I refuse to switch my monitor from CRT to LCD because ALL LCD's have ghosting problems and it really really bugs the hell out of me (with FPS's especially). But with a portable it's acceptable to me because it has to be, well, PORTABLE. People who say the DS doesn't ghost are morons, and same goes for PSP... is it an issue? Not for me (again, with portables only).

It also depends on the content. People may not notice it as much on the DS because the content displayed is generally not complex, not high-resolution, and not highly-contrasting.


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10-07-2007 @ 8:37PM

lonewolf said...

hay saigon your the moron jason is right the screen does suffer u idiot loyal sony ball sucker ok go jason tell em straight


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11-01-2007 @ 7:53PM

Samuel said...

Stop Complaining About the PSP and the PSP2000 you guys don't appriciate the beauty of the PSP and if youguys who say the PSP sucks, then don't go to this website! And nothing PAWNS the PSP.


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