What to buy

Base Console

If you’re a newcomer to the PSP scene, you’re confronted with a choice of five different models, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

1000

Pros

  • Big battery
  • Extremely cheap
  • IR emitter
  • The one that started it all
  • Can easily recover from being bricked (Pandora battery)

Cons

  • Bulkiest out of the lot
  • Screen ghosting issues
  • No USB charging

2000

Pros

  • Thinner, more lightweight design
  • More RAM (64MB instead of 32; noticeable in homebrew)
  • Can be charged via USB

Cons

  • Screen ghosting issues, same as PSP 1000

3000

Pros

  • Improved Screen

Cons

  • Same as 2000

PSP Go (N1000)

Pros

  • Phone portability (when closed, fits easily in the pocket)
  • USB charging
  • Increased RAM (64MB same as 2000+)
  • 16 GB built-in storage

Cons

  • No MicroSD adapter for M2 memory card
  • Can be permanently bricked if not careful
  • Upgrades are separate (Same EBOOT can be used for 1/2/3, not for go)

Recommendation

If you can grab a 3000,  you’ll be looking at the best base model you can obtain. This model received significant improvements to the screen so you should not have the common ghosting issue that plagues the older models. If you don’t mind sacrificing features, the original PSP 1000 is incredibly easy to get hold of easily, and often does not cost too much.

Unless you are in a dire need for portability, I would advise choosing one of these models instead of a PSP go. Go is a magnificent and portable console, but the storage medium has not been converted to allow MicroSD connections, so you will be looking at paying through the roof for storage.

Storage

For those with a non-go model of PSP (1K/2K/3K/Street), you would be crazy to buy a Memory Stick Pro Duo. You can obtain a MicroSD adapter which will allow you to connect a MicroSD to the PSP. Not only does this avoid the premium cost of pro duo sticks, this dramatically increases the amount of storage you can have!

Most of these adapters will support anywhere between MicroSD to MicroSDXC, allowing you to store up to 128gb of data on the PSP, limited only by how far the technology has come. This is a great option for those who can fill up the regular storage easily, and especially useful for CFW users’ game library being on the PSP.

If the PSP go is what you own, you are unfortunately out of luck when it come to extending the on-board storage. Sony uses the Memory Stick Micro (M2) for the go, which is smaller than the PRO Duo to enable it to fit in the smaller form factor, however a converter for the M2 has not hit the market. Buying an official memory card for the Go is the way to go, with space sizes ranging from 64 MB all the way to 16 GB (giving the go a total of 32 GB storage). The latter being recommended since the PSP go has no UMD drive to use.

You can also go the full mile and purchase a Photofast Cr-5400, which will convert two MicroSD cards into one Pro Duo. This has been known to be mostly hit and miss, and can cause a detrimental effect to the read/write speeds. However, this can double your storage capacity if speed is not an issue. Make sure you purchase a genuine Photofast adapter and two of the exact same MicroSD cards (brand and size). However a better approach would be to buy a MicroSD to the size appropriate for what you wish to achieve.

Last updated: September 28, 2017 at 16:23 pm