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Sony PSP Emulators & ROMs

Emulation of the PSP is still in the very early stages.

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The Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)

Sony’s Playstation Portable did not hit American retail shops until 2005; however, it was first released in December 2004 in Japan. The idea for the Playstation Portable or PSP as some call it, was shown at the E3 Conference a few months before its Japan release. Those in America had quite a bit to look forward to with the announcement. The Sony Playstation and Playstation 2 game console systems were quite popular. The fact that Sony was going to offer the same technology in a handheld unit was perfect for a lot of gamers.

The PSP’s technology was top of the line like the Playstation 2. It has 3D ability for games, a 16:9 ratio, and it comes with a color screen. The screen was a marvel in itself due to the TFT LCD Screen with 480 resolution. The technology of the PSP was going to far outstrip the Gameboy technology, even that of the Advanced version.

The controls on the Playstation Portable are a lot like the controller of the home unit, right down to the analog stick. The Playstation Portable had games similar to the home units as well. The games were made for a mini disc in which 1.8GB could be stored on them. The file was large enough for the most popular games. Games such as Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedge Hog, first person shooter games, and even community games were and are offered.

The technology for the Sony Playstation Portable did not stop at a simple handheld unit. Instead Sony built the device to handle a wireless connection and USB connection. WiFi, LAN, and the USB port would allow players to hook up inside multiple player games. They would also be able to go online to download games from the internet. By offering this technology it would be like a mini handheld computer, but with the best of the Playstation games.

The design has certainly been a success, as many children and adults have a Sony Playstation Portable. The game system was too much to resist for the capabilities it offers, especially to the serious gamer. The PSP also has a memory stick PRO Duo to keep the player’s space in the game. The lightweight design of the Sony Playstation Portable added to the desire for some consumers to buy it over other handheld options.

What makes the PSP interesting is its design. We mentioned the device kept the design of the controller with the analog stick. The machine was designed to have the control pad with the circle, triangle, square and X in the same place. So on the right hand side are your typical buttons. Then on the left side of the screen are the up and down, right and left arrows. It makes the game easier to hold while playing effectively. It also allowed the screen to be larger than other handheld systems, like the Nintendo Gameboy. The PSP is still widely used by players as a result of the advancements it has in technology.