Specifications of the PlayStation Portable 1000

It was the most powerful gaming handheld at launch


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The original PlayStation Portable (PSP), also known as the PSP-1000, boast some pretty impressive hardware when it launched in 2004. It was considered the most powerful gaming handheld console at the time and its advanced graphics capabilities made it a popular mobile entertainment device in an era when smartphones weren't as common. Here's what you need to know about the PSP, along with its full technical specifications.

Sony ended hardware production of the PSP in 2014.

The PSP on the Outside

While Sony's PlayStation Portable was the most powerful handheld game console at its launch, it was also the largest and heaviest. It's still one of the nicest looking, though, with a sleek, rounded industrial design aesthetic. The button configuration matches that of its big brother, the PlayStation 2, except the PSP only has one shoulder button on each side and has only a single analog nub instead of the PS2's dual sticks.​

The PSP's Sights and Sounds

The PSP's screen was larger than many other handhelds of its generation, with a higher resolution, so playing games and watching movies was a visual feast. The stereo sound wasn't especially loud through the built-in speakers, but with headphones on you could hear every sound effect and crank up the volume.

Multimedia on the PSP

PSP games and movies were available on Sony's UMD (Universal Media Disc) format, which Sony claimed were DVD quality. There was also a Memory Stick slot for a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo. The PSP could play back audio and video saved on a PSP-formatted Memory Stick and display saved photos or other image files. Each firmware update supported more audio, graphics, and video formats, expanding the possibilities.

The PSP's Power Supply

A lithium-ion battery pack offered a decent length of playtime. Obviously, playing graphics-intensive games or movies drained the battery faster than playing music with the screen dark. The AC adaptor allowed for playing and charging the battery at the same time.

PSP Hardware Specifications

Here's all the technical info about what the PSP has inside and out:

  • Color: Black, Ceramic white (Japan and Europe only), Pink (Europe only), Tsukimi—black with copper (Japan only), Kachofugetsu—white with black and red (Japan only)
  • Dimensions: 6.7"/170 mm wide x 2.9"/74 mm high x .9"/23 mm deep
  • Weight: .62 lbs/280 g (including battery)
  • CPU: PSP CPU (1-333 MHz)
  • Memory: 32 MB Main Memory, 4 MB embedded DRAM
  • Display:
    • 4.3", 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD screen
    • 480 x 272 pixels
    • 16.77 million colors
    • Maximum luminance 180/130/80 cd/m2 (when using battery pack)
    • Maximum luminance 200/180/130/ 80 cd/m2 (when using AC adaptor)
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Headset connector
  • Connectors, Ports and Drives:
    • IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
    • USB 2.0 (mini-B)
    • Memory Stick Duo
    • Infrared
    • DC in 5 V connector
    • Headset connector
    • UMD drive (Read only)
  • Buttons and Switches:
    • D-pad
    • Analog nub
    • Triangle, circle, cross, square
    • Right and left shoulder
    • Start, Select, and Home
    • Power/Hold
    • Display brightness, sound, volume up, volume down
    • Wireless LAN on/off
    • UMD latch
  • Power:
    • Lithium-ion battery
    • AC adaptor
  • Access control:
    • UMD region coding
    • Parental control

UMD (Universal Media Disc) Specifications

The PSP used the Universal Media Disc format for its physical games. Here are the full specifications:

  • Dimensions:
    • 65 mm tall x 64 mm wide x 4.2 mm deep
    • 60 mm disc diameter
  • Weight: 10 g
  • Capacity: 1.8 GB (single-sided, dual-layer)
  • Wavelength: 660 nm (red laser)
  • Encryption: AES 128-bit
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