PlayStation Portable E1000 Specifications

Can we call it the 'PSP Extra-Lite'?

PSP E1000 in black

Tokyoship / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

Just when we thought Sony had its full attention on the then-upcoming PS Vita, they announced a new version of the PSP, this time with no Wi-Fi to keep the price extra-low. Although the PSP-3000 has been slowly dropping in price to the point where it is now significantly less expensive than Nintendo's current DS model, the 3DS, it seems someone saw a demand for an even less expensive PSP than that. See the end of this article for a full list of the specifications.

Less Is Better Than More

While the PS Vita seems aimed at giving gamers absolutely everything they've ever wanted from the PSP but didn't get, the PSP-E1000 appears to be attempting to remove everything it's possible to remove and still have a device that can play PSP games in all formats.

Pretty much all of the PSP's connectivity options have been removed. The PSP-1000's IR receiver has never made a return, and nor does it here, but gone also are the PSPgo's Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi that has been standard on every other PSP model, including the Xperia Play (which isn't really a PSP), and its successor, the PS Vita. The only way to get PSN content is to download it to a PC via Media Go, and then transfer it to the PSP-E1000 via a USB cable.

Smaller Is Better Than Bigger

Perhaps in an effort to address the somewhat-less-portable size of the previous PSP models (with the exception of the PSPgo, which was ultra-portable, but a commercial flop), the PSP-E1000 is a little bit smaller than its siblings. It isn't a huge difference, and it also means the screen is a little smaller (but then so was the PSPgo's), but it might be enough to tempt folks looking for a cheaper, more portable PSP.

A purely cosmetic change is that the finish is matte to match the thinner PS3, rather than glossy like all the previous PSP models. While this could help with reducing the plague of fingerprints common to shiny devices, at first glance it also makes the case look cheaper. Though, perhaps in real life, it looks just as good as the shiny PSPs.

One Is Better Than Two

One final change is that the PSP-E1000 has lost a speaker, giving it monaural instead of stereo sound. One hopes that sound through the headphones will still be stereo, and since the PSPs speakers are rather less than powerful anyway, the move to mono probably doesn't make a big difference.

At Least PSP-E1000 Has UMD

For all that gamers like to complain about the UMD — it loads too slow, it's stupid to have another proprietary format, etc. — the lack of a UMD drive was probably a big part of why the PSPgo failed. By keeping the UMD drive and making downloaded content available via the circuitous method of Media Go on a PC, the PSP-E1000 is able to play any gamer's full collection of PSP games. 

All-in-all, this new version of the PSP seems intended to appeal to the bargain shopper rather than the serious gamer. One group who may find it rather appealing, though, is parents. It's a bit less of a cost outlay, especially when you have kids who tend to break stuff. Plus, it might make a good second handheld for the hardcore Sony gamer who will buy a PS Vita, but still wants to be able to play their old library of PSP games on UMD.

PSP-E1000 Hardware Specifications

External dimensions

  • Approximately 172.4 × 73.4 × 21.6 mm (width x height x depth) (excluding largest projection)
  • Approximately 223 grams (including battery)


  • 10.9 cm or 4.3 in (16:9)
  • Full transparent type
  • TFT drive
  • Approximately 16 million colors


  • Built-in monoaural speakers


  • UMD drive
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo Slot
  • Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
  • Headset connector
  • DC IN 5V connector
  • DC OUT connector


  • POWER button
  • Directional pad (up/down/right/left)
  • Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square)
  • Left and Right Shoulder Buttons
  • Left Analog stick
  • START, SELECT, volume (+/-), PS buttons

Compatible Codecs

  • Universal Media Disc Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3.
  • Music: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3, Linear PCM, ATRAC3plus