The first gaming console, named Brown Box, was introduced in 1967. Its initial game consisted of two squares that players could chase around the screen. In 2005, Sony launched a gaming system that was leaps and bounds ahead of the original Brown Box. The PlayStation Portable debuted as a hand-held gaming device that offered plenty of new and classic games, as well as other features like Web browsing and media storage.
Sony offers two versions of its PSP gaming system. The original PSP model -- the PSP-1000 -- has undergone a few upgrades since its unveiling in 2005. In 2007, the PSP-2000 was introduced, followed by the PSP-3000 in 2008. The design of the console has remained fairly consistent throughout, and all versions have used the Universal Media Disc as the primary method for delivering games and media.
In 2009, Sony unveiled a new version of the PSP called the PSP Go. The Go is completely digital and does not use any UMDs, making it a smaller, thinner model. The Go also includes a slide-out game pad. Despite the design differences, both the PSP-3000 and PSP Go offer nearly identical features.
Games for the PSP can be downloaded directly to the device or purchased as UMDs, depending on the model. The PSP makes it possible for users to play alone, with others nearby or in the online, multiplayer realm. The "ad hoc" network is an option for players who do not have a wireless Internet connection, but are close to other players with a PSP or PlayStation 3. Those who do have an Internet connection can find and engage in multiplayer games.
Web Connectivity and Browsing
The PSP has a built-in Web browser and Wi-Fi capability. Using Wi-Fi, PSP users can access the Web for surfing and do much more. A Wi-Fi connection makes it possible to download television shows and movies, wallpapers, games demos and trailers, and comics. Users can also access Internet radio and RSS channels, make calls with Skype, and play games remotely on a PS3.
In addition to games, the PSP can be used to store and watch videos -- including home videos -- listen to music, and view photos. Movies and television shows can be downloaded or streamed through a connection with a PS3. Music can be stored on the device and organized into playlists. Users also have the option of storing music on a memory stick if they want to keep their PSP storage free for games. Photos can be stored on the device, and then organized into slideshows and set to music.
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