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The Sony PSP 3000

The Sony PSP 3000 is a very small package that contains an immense amount of fun. At just slightly over 7oz (200g), it features a UMD (Universal Media Disc) drive, memory stick slot, and a stellar screen to make game playing on the go an outstanding experience that you never had before. It measures just 2.8″ high x 6.6″ wide and 0.6″ thick. Yet within that small frame it houses not only the previously mentioned slots, furthermore you get a 4.3″ screen, Wi-Fi, and many other extras.

Sometimes size doesn’t matter!

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Although the size of the screen is rather small it manages to produce very faithful color with only modest ghosting and jaggies. They’re there, as they are in any small unit, but you’ll quickly become so immersed in the games you’ll hardly notice them. Glare reduction is good though it will be a challenge if you intend to play in full sunlight. The ‘wide’ and ‘standard’ color options are appreciated.

Familiar Layout

Around that screen are numerous controls with a very solid feel. Since the layout was based on the classic PlayStation controller, you can adapt easily between the two. On the bottom left there’s an analog thumbstick that regular gamers will take to without effort. Of course, there are the standard Select, Start, Volume, Brightness, and Home buttons. But while the functions are standard, the PSP 3000 offers an unusually convenient feel.

Top Notch Extras

The extras are top notch. The UMD may not be universal (it’s only on the Sony PSP), but it holds over 2GB of software and data so you can load games really easily. There’s no onboard storage, but a 4GB Memory Stick Duo solves that problem and makes your storage portable at the same time. Both slots are easy to access.

But that is just the beginning of this feature-packed hand-held game unit.

Along the bottom edge is a headphone/AV jack that supports any standard 3.5mm size gear. Since stereo speakers are provided on a regular basis, the headphones are not mandatory. There is also the opportunity of connecting the PSP 3000 to a TV and turn it into a full-sized game console. Proprietary Sony cables are required for that, however.

Full Connectivity

A USB port is onboard that can be used to hook it up to a PC. It might not be necessary that often since there is also a built-in Wi-Fi wireless connectivity feature. With the PSP 3000′s built-in Skype and microphone you’re all set to go online.

The Sony XMB (Cross Media Bar) interface provides a convenient, easy-to-navigate layout. You’ll be using it often, too, with the PSP 3000′s D-Pad and control buttons. They will help you to use the web browser which gives you access to hundreds of outstanding games.

Special Edition

One of the newer, more popular ones is available in a special edition of the PSP 3000 called the Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Pack. It features a silver game unit with a Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters UMD game and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets UMD movie. It comes with a 1GB Memory Stick Duo card, as well as an additional voucher for Echochrome (a downloadable game available at the online PlayStation Store).

But no matter what color you choose for your PSP 3000, as soon as you hold it in your hands, you will be dragged into the world of games.

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