Gaming Consoles- PlayStation Portable: (2004)

Since the PlayStation 2 was first released in 2000 many people have been dying for a portable version of the console similar to Nintendo’s various Gameboy systems.   With both PlayStation 1 and 2 being successful commercially and in sales Sony had eventually decided to release a handheld console known as PlayStation Portable in late 2004.  As many of us know the PlayStation Portable was released in late 2004 in Japan along with countries such as America and Europe in 2005.  The PlayStation Portable was a great handheld console because it contained 32 MB of memory which was very unique.  The basic PlayStation 2 memory card contained 8MB which means the PlayStation Portable contained four times that amount in the game system’s hardware.

However, the internal hard drive feature was more prominent for the PSP Go which contained 16 GB and allowed people to save various types of data.  Other versions of the PSP required people to use the Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro or the Memory Stick Micro depending on what version  one possessed.  The development of the PlayStation Portable presented a general idea of how much Sony’s technology was evolving since it was far advanced from its handheld successor the PocketStation.  The PlayStation Portable also included Wi-Fi connection which rivaled the Nintendo DS which was released around the same time period between late 2004 and early 2005.   Sony provided the PlayStation Network for an online service for the PSP which gave people the option of purchasing and downloading content whenever they felt like it.

One of the coolest things about PSP was the fact that Sony had developed multiple versions of this handheld console between 2004 and 2009.    Sony constantly made updates and changes to the original PSP-1000 model for better performance and to make their product more valuable to that of their rival Nintendo.   After the development of the PSP-1000 we got the PSP-2000 during 2007 and PSP-3000 in 2008.   By the time Sony released the PSP Go in 2009 the product had included far features that almost made the product an instant buy for many people.  The PSP Go had not only contained 64 MB but it allowed people to utilize Bluetooth connectivity for the first time ever.

Along with many having many added features the PSP included many memorable games including Dissidia Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Valkyria Chronicles II, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Jeanne d’ Arc.  The PSP also allowed people to enjoy classic titles that were popular in the 90s such as Final Fantasy VII and Tales of Phantasia for a memorable gaming experience. Since its initial release it has been reported that the PSP handheld console has sold over 82 million units worldwide and was very popular in the 00’s decade until its discontinuation in 2014.   Despite, its discontinuation the PSP handheld console may viewed by some as underrated because despite how good it was more people focused home based game systems such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.  Even though, Sony has not produced handheld game consoles as long as Nintendo many people would agree that this hand based game system was among the best of the 00’s.

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