A Review of the New PSP-3000 – Should You Consider Owning One?

It has been a year since the release of the PSP-2000 Slim, and yet again Sony has rocked the gaming community by unveiling the new PSP-3000. The PSP-3000 was announced a few weeks ago at the Leipzig Gaming conferences in Germany. The date of its release has been set for October 14. Now that the word is out about the new PSP-3000, I’m sure the one thing every PSP fan out there would want to know… is it worth buying? This article will offer a review of the PSP-3000’s new features to help answer that question.

If you were seeing the PSP-3000 for the first time, you would have easily mistaken it for the PSP-2000 Slim. That is how similar in appearance the new PSP is to its predecessor. But a closer examination would reveal a few changes that Sony has made to the exterior of the PSP-3000. The Sony logo has been rotated from the upper left side to the upper right side of the face of the new PSP. The Playstation logo has also been relocated to the home button. Sony has also removed the metal ring that was on both previous versions of the PSP, and has replaced it with a reduced chrome ring.

The most breath taking of all the upgrades that the PSP-3000 has, is its improved LCD screen. The LCD screen size is the same as the earlier models, but it has a higher contrast, and a wider color gamut. Sony as also added an anti-reflective coating which makes the screen more visible in well-lit settings. The screen upgrade brings a brand-new level of quality to the PSP. It allows different content to look much brighter and richer in color depth than the screen of older PSPs.

The PSP-3000 now comes with an integrated microphone which makes it a lot smoother to communicate through Skype and different networks that are supported. But in order to take full advantage of this feature, you would have to be in an area where Wi-Fi connection is present. This new in-built microphone is also well suited for games which use voice communication.

Pokemon go accounts for sale is a popular variation of pokemon that can be tried out in full format in PSP-3000 and the bright colors only add up to the visual feast where a strong Wi-Fi is like icing on the cake which is no less than a treat for video game fans.

There has also been a major upgrade to the video-out socket to enable the PSP-3000 to work with non-progressive TVs. As you may have known… the original video-out socket on the PSP was only compatible with HDTV. Sony has now made it possible for you to play your favorite games on TVs that are none HDTV compatible, with the improved video-out socket that comes with the PSP-3000.

When the PSP-3000 becomes available worldwide October 14, the very first version will come in “Mystic Silver” – one the two new vibrant colors that was mentioned by Sony in their press release. The second color, “Pearl White” will become available some time following the release date. But there will also be a version which features the traditional “Piano Black”. The PSP-3000 is set to have a debut price of $199.

As you can clearly see, the PSP-3000 is just an updated version of the PSP-2000 Slim. So would it really be a great decision to consider moving to the PSP-3000? If all you were looking forward to… is a better looking screen, or to be able to connect your PSP to none HDTV type TV… then there wouldn’t be anything wrong with getting the new PSP-3000.

But besides those two points, there’s not much of a reason to buy the PSP-3000, particularly if you already own a PSP-2000 Slim. Both earlier versions of the PSP are compatible with the same games as the PSP-3000, and are also similar in most aspect – except for the few new upgraded features.


Paola Garcia lives in Jakarta Indonesia. She is an associate professor in University of Indonesia and also managing Scoopinion at the same time. She is also fond of watching theatrical plays.

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