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PSP / PlayStation Portable

The PSP Hardware

Definition: The PSP, or PlayStation Portable, is a handheld gaming console made by Sony. The original PSP was released in 2004 in Japan, and in 2005 in Europe and North America.

The PSP is primarily a game console (PSP games come in UMD, or Universal Media Disc, format), but it can also play UMD-format movies. Using a memory stick, the PSP can play music and video files, and display picture files such as photos. This portable console can also connect to the internet via a web browser (not incuded in early firmware releases) and built-in wi-fi.

Since its release, the PSP has had two hardware revisions, each adding or updating features. The first PSP model, the PSP-1000 (also known as the PSP Fat or PSP Phat) was already a powerful handheld console, but the second PSP model (the PSP-2000, PSP Slim, or PSP Slim and Lite) added even more features, including a video-out port. The third version of the PSP hardware, the PSP-3000 (or PSP Brite), added a brighter screen.

Pronunciation: pee-ess-pee
Also Known As: PlayStation Portable
Examples:
The PSP has the biggest screen of any handheld game console.

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