PlayStation Portable 3000 Specifications

The 3rd generation PSP added a built-in microphone and improved screen

PSP 3000
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The Sony PSP 3000 was the second redesign of the once-popular PlayStation Portable handheld gaming console. The 3000 was released in October 2008 with better color than its predecessor, improved sound output, and built-in Skype. It was sold until 2011 when Sony launched the Vita. The PSP was never able to compete successfully with Nintendo's Game Boy line of handheld game consoles, which had a much earlier start in the handheld market.

The Popularity of the PSP

The first three PSP models were popular with many millions of users, but the product line stumbled when the PSPgo was released, and it never recovered. The PSP 3000 was widely considered to be the best of the PSP models, which included its two predecessors, along with the PSPgo, and the PSP E-1000. The online PlayStation Store still carries a wide selection of games for the PSP 3000, and the console itself is available online, mainly as a certified refurbished device. Sony discontinued the entire PSP line and shipped its last PSP console to the U.S. in 2014.

PSP 3000 Specifications

The specifications for the PSP 3000 are:

External Dimensions

  • Approximately 6 3/4 inches by 3/4 inch by 2 3/4 inches

Weight

  • Approximately 6.7 ounces including the battery pack

CPU

  • PSP CPU, system clock speed 333 MHz

Main Memory

  • 64 MB

Display

  • 4.3 inches diagonally, 16:9 aspect ratio, full-transparent type
  • TFT drive
  • Dimensions are 480 by 272 pixels 
  • Approximately 16,770,000 colors

Sound

  • Built-in stereo speakers

Main Input/Output

  • Wireless LAN, IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi
  • High-speed USB 2.0, mini-B
  • Memory stick PRO Duo
  • Analog video out
  • Microphone

Main Connectors

  • DC IN 5V connector
  • DC OUT connector
  • Video out/headset connector
  • USB connector
  • Memory stick duo slot

Keys/Switches

  • Directional buttons (up/down/right/left)
  • Analog stick
  • Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square)
  • Start button
  • Select button
  • PS button
  • Power/Hold switch
  • WLAN switch
  • Display button
  • Sound button
  • Volume (+/-) buttons

Power Sources

  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • AC adaptor
  • USB power supply

Internal Disc Drive

  • Read-only UMD drive

Supported Profile

  • PSP game UMD Video

Access Control

  • Region code
  • Parental control

Wireless Communications

  • Infrastructure mode
  • Ad hoc mode (connects up to 16 consoles)

Supplied Accessories

  • AC adaptor
  • Battery pack (1200 mAh)