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 found a comparison photo on GameSpot and I'm wondering if you know what the background image on both screens is from? Is it from a PSP game? It looks a bit like Little Big Planet to me...
A. You're correct! The background image is indeed from LittleBigPlanet, which is coming to the Playstation 3 in October.
Q. Will the new Logitech PlayGear Pocket Slim work with the 3000 Series?
A. While the Logitech PlayGear Pocket Slim doesn't officially support the soon-to-be-released PSP-3000, based on it's physical size, we're assuming it will fit just the same.
Q. Does the PSP have a wireless internet connection?
A. Of course! The PSP has Wi-Fi (802.11b) connectivity, which allows you to surf the internet, play online, or even download content to your PSP's memory stick.
Q. I live in the US, is it possible for me to purchase games from the European PLAYSTATION Store?
A. It's a little tricky, but it is possible. Sony doesn't allow a single account to access multiple stores, so the easiest method would involve creating a brand new account. You may have to input information pertaining to a different country, but it will get you the content you're looking for.
Q. When is the new silver PSP coming out in the United States?
A. The Mystic Silver PSP-3000 will be released on October 14th for $199, and includes Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (UMD), an echochrome PSN voucher, and a 1GB memory stick.
Q. I wanted to know an answer to a question a lot of people are probably asking. Why don't they release any Call of Duty games for the PSP? I mean the DS could handle Call of Duty 4 then definitely the PSP can handle it nowl. I found the other day that they aren't releasing COD5 for the PSP eeither and they're basically releasing it for every other system except for the PSP.
A. That's a question more suited for the developers, but my guess would involve development costs and control difficulties. With the PSP lacking a second analog stick, many developers pass on first-person shooters, and instead bring them to the larger consoles.
Q. When Sony comes out with a PSP 2 (a new machine and not just an update of the current model), what are the chances we'll see it have a blu-laser and blu-ray UMD games?
A. There's almost no chance Sony would try to bring Blu-ray technology to the smaller UMD discs. The technology is very expensive and would raise the price dramatically. I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to include flash memory, as digital media gains popularity, but Blu-ray in a portable form is too unrealistic at this point. Sorry!
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
9-14-2008 @ 12:17AM
I want to know if the PSP has the ability to use a wired internet connection. I already bought the PSP, I don't feel like dropping an extra 100$ on a wi-fi router for my one computer. It would be nice if there were something to plug into my PSP that allowed me to update the firmware and play games online.
9-14-2008 @ 12:40AM
as of now, it isn't possible.
Also, which $100 router is that that you are talking about? you could certainly get other ones for much cheaper.
I know it is a bit old, but mine still standing, it is fairly good, and it goes for about $60
9-14-2008 @ 12:43AM
You gotta get a router.
You can always download the update on the playstation site onto your MS. but if your computer doesn't have a card slots...well.. bummer :/
9-14-2008 @ 12:43AM
you can find cheaper routers then $100. Go to any Best buy and you can pick up a basic router for $40. Heck since the PSP only operates on wireless b you can even pick an older router for $20 online.
9-14-2008 @ 7:18AM
Yep...wireless routers on sale are $20 easy.
If you have a PS3 it will soon be used as a wireless access point for the PSP.
9-14-2008 @ 8:37AM
Maverick Saturn said...
Unlucky, nearly everybody in London has Wifi, we are so connected to Wifi, shops, trains, buses and public parks now have them, you can pretty much pick up Wifi connection from anywhere which is a great thing. I'm pretty sure the central cities within America are similar, because when in Miami its pretty easy to get a connection, its when im outside, like between Miami and northern orlando
9-14-2008 @ 12:41AM
I wish they would release LBP for the PSP that way we could could take the seemingly awesome experience on the go. I personally wouldn't mind if it was a little stripped down but with the Go! Cam and what not on the PSP putting objects from the real world into the game would be very simple and just amazing. Think of the possibilities.
Also any word on new PS1 games going on the store? I love playing them on my PSP but there just aren't many options and i don't want to emulate.
9-14-2008 @ 7:20AM
LBP for PSP is coming.
9-14-2008 @ 12:42AM
you can get a router for $40. Watch the weekly ads at places like Best Buy. Or even check Ebay.
9-14-2008 @ 12:50AM
"I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to include flash memory"
Maybe cause they already do, that's what memory stick is.
9-14-2008 @ 1:14AM
I'm sure they meant built into the system. Especially with the price of flash drives dropping there is no reason for Sony not to throw a 16GB or 32GB flash drive onto the next system.
9-14-2008 @ 2:36AM
wow what was the first question even about?
not many decent psp related questions but everyone keeps complaining about psp releases and i just looked at the ign release list and it looks pretty solid. not much that stands out but there's a good chance one of them would turn out to be really good. no need to build coffins for the psp's yet thankfully.
9-14-2008 @ 7:29AM
1. Other than their announcement at the start of the year that BD (PS3) players and PSP would be able to 'share' a copy of BD Movies...is there ANY other news...have ANY movies started this sharing (not iPod sharing...that does exist)
2. At the start of the year they announced a Keyboard and GPS for North America...again we have heard nothing since. Any news?
3. I don't believe in mistakes...when is Motorstorm Portable coming?
9-14-2008 @ 10:56AM
i thought the mystic silver psp 3000 is gonna come out in october 31?!?!?!
9-14-2008 @ 9:26PM
You know, I didn't even realize that the wifi in PSP was only "b". It makes sense considering when it came out, but I never really thought about it and it seems rather fast for a "b" device.
It'd be nice if the 3000's had "g". There is no technical reason not to have it and with where they are going with downloads straight from the playstation store, it would totally make sense. If they wanted people to upgrade to 3000's, they should have done this.
9-15-2008 @ 12:50AM
"There's almost no chance Sony would try to bring Blu-ray technology to the smaller UMD discs. The technology is very expensive and would raise the price dramatically. "
I agree - but that didn't stop Sony when they developed the original PSP. They crammed DVD-ROM technology into the UMD format.
Hopefully they learned their lesson and will go with digital distribution next time around, but I bet Sony will start drooling when they consider how much data a BD-UMD could hold....
9-14-2008 @ 9:36AM
Digital distribution on the PSP doesn't work unless you have access to WiFi to "register" your PSP, and synch your PSP's internal clock to the wrong time.
Since I have neither access to WiFi, nor do I want to know the wrong time, I don't particularly want to see the PSP turn into an internet machine.
And considering the bandwidth caps most ISPs have, I want to be able to access games I want any time. If I am unable to purchase or download a game because of my ISP, I will, like most customers, be somewhat angry, and wonder how an actual physical copy of a game is so terrible.
9-14-2008 @ 3:27PM
Also, I like to swap PSP games with my friends as well as rent them from so that would be pretty impossible with a totaly digital delivery model.
No thanks, I'll take UMD over that any day.
9-14-2008 @ 4:34PM
y'know i really like the digital download option. WIFI isnt really an issue as u can download to PC and send it across via USB. I can also see the potential in psp stands, where u hook ure psp up and download in shops via Debit card or store vouchers. Id much rather have a decent hard drive in the place of the UMD drive anyday.
9-15-2008 @ 6:12AM
"Q. I live in the US, is it possible for me to purchase games from the European PLAYSTATION Store?
A. It's a little tricky, but it is possible. Sony doesn't allow a single account to access multiple stores, so the easiest method would involve creating a brand new account. You may have to input information pertaining to a different country, but it will get you the content you're looking for."
I tried that to get the PipeMania demo but as soon as I started to download it, I got a warning saying that this would create a new certificate (?) and that other games with the prior certificate might no longer work on my PSP. I prefered to cancel the download at that point, afraid to lose the ability to play all my actual games and US demos!