Sony PSP-3000 Hands-On

We get hands-on with the new Sony PSP-3000. Find out what the new system can do and see how the system's new LCD screen compares to the older PSP display.

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Sony announced its updated PSP-3000 system at last week's Leipzig Games Convention. Pictures of the new system have already popped up online, but GameSpot has the first hands-on look at the new PSP here in the United States. Click here to see the full PSP-3000 interview with Sony's John Koller.

The PSP-3000 plays the same games and offers the same media support as the older PSP models, but Sony has upgraded the system with an improved LCD screen and a new built-in microphone. The LCD is the same size and resolution as older PSP displays, but it has a "wider color gamut and anti-reflection technology," according to the latest Sony press release.

Silver PSP-3000 (top) compared to white PSP-2000 (bottom). Click to see full size.

The wider color gamut means that the new PSP screen is capable of displaying a wider range of colors. The new LCD also features five times the contrast ratio and quicker pixel-response times than the old PSP display. The response time has doubled in speed and will help eliminate ghosting or blurring during gameplay and video playback.

The increased color gamut and improved contrast ratio was noticeable when we placed the PSP-3000 system right next to a PSP-2000 (PSP Slim); colors looked richer and more vibrant on the PSP-3000. The vivid, ghost-free screen does draw more power than the old screen. John Koller, Sony director of hardware marketing told GameSpot that the new screen will reduce battery life by "about 20 minutes."

UPDATE, 09/03/08: Sony has informed us that the PSP-3000 will actually have the same battery life as the PSP-2000. The new screen does require more power, but Sony engineers have reduced the power draw from other system components to make up the difference and ensure that battery life remains the same for both gameplay and UMD video playback. Check out the PlayStation blog update for the full details.

Here's the official Sony PSP-3000 versus PSP-2000 LCD comparison image. Click to see full size.

Sony added the antireflective technology to improve the PSP's outdoor playability. We took our two PSPs outside for some side-by-side testing under the bright California sun. Neither system was playable in direct sunlight, but the PSP-3000's display performed better than the 2000's when we took a look at both systems in a shady area beneath a tree. We had difficulty taking pictures of the PSP's antireflective screen in action outside--please bear with our angled indoor shots.

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[White PSP-2000, angled] [Silver PSP-3000, angled]

The new system has the same video-out port and uses the exact same video cables as the PSP-2000, but Sony has upgraded the PSP-3000's video output to support gameplay output on interlaced displays using composite video cables. The move will surely excite gamers dismayed over the fact that the PSP Slim can output gameplay video only to progressive scan displays. Now they can buy a new PSP instead of an HDTV.

The PSP-3000's other major upgrade is its new built-in microphone. Sony put the integrated microphone into the PSP design roadmap after seeing the success of the headset-enabled SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo. Sony placed the microphone pickup beneath the screen to the right of the volume buttons, well out of thumb reach, to prevent any inadvertent muting.

[PSP-2000] [PSP-3000] [PSP-2000] [PSP-3000] [Stacked 1] [Stacked 2]

(For viewer reference, the PSP-3000 is the silver system, while the white PSP is the older PSP-2000.)

Sony hasn't moved around any buttons or switches on the PSP-3000, but the system does have a few external design changes. The black PSP-3000 will have the same glossy finish as the older models, but the silver and white PSP-3000 systems now have a textured surface that provides better protection against fingerprints. The Sony logo that was located on the upper right of the system face has moved to the upper left, and the PlayStation logo that used to be in the upper left is now on the home button beneath the LCD. In addition to rotating the logos, Sony designers have replaced the brushed metal ring on the back of the unit with a thinner chrome ring. The PSP's edges have also softened along the sides while hardening in the corners.

The PSP-3000 will be compatible with the same accessories as the PSP-2000. However, Koller did tell us that the PSP-3000 power adapter might not be 100 percent compatible with older PSP models. Sony has seen a very small number of cases where the PSP-3000's AC power adapter was unable to charge older PSPs.

The silver PSP will be available first, on October 14, 2008, in a $199 Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack. The package will include a silver PSP-3000, a Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters UMD game, a National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets UMD movie, a PlayStation Network download voucher for Echochrome, and a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo. The black PSP will ship in November in a $199 PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack that includes the black PSP-3000, a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, and a PlayStation Network download voucher for Everyday Shooter. The black PSP-3000 will also make it into the basic PSP Core Pack, priced at $169, sometime later this year.


Discussion

808 comments
Hobbes444
Hobbes444

the 3000 is the better choice, it's eaiser to use, and it's easier to hold, and you actually OWN the game and not just a digital download in some online digital downloads locker

Finy
Finy

I didn't know about the built-in mic :D ..I'm having problems choosing between a PSP 3000 or a Go. It's a 3000 better choice? My old black one is about to die, I've been using that one for a long time :]

EMIKEA
EMIKEA

Don't listen to the negative reviews about the interlacing! I got one and there is no problem with the screen. What I really love about it is the built-in microphone since I use Skype a lot.

EMIKEA
EMIKEA

yeah when you change the brightness, the battery life changes dramatically.

imagameluver
imagameluver

my sister just bought me the psp 3000. i can't wait to get it from her!!!!

xbox360555
xbox360555

you might be right butwould it be a little too dark for games like king kong and GTA:liberty city stories?

gamer2723
gamer2723

i have a psp 3001 and when it is fully charged i look at [setting]-[system settings ]-battery info] and it shows 6 hr and 15 mins and i just have the small battery.....and to help psp battery last longer keep screen on low. i always do that

xbox360555
xbox360555

I own one of these its black, it has a bright colr screen and shorter load times, the only down side is the battery only last 4 hours .

Rasenganfan2
Rasenganfan2

Damn, I want one bad... seriously, I've been using my 1000 since PSPs came out! It's large(for a portable system), heavy, awkward to hold, ghosts a lot, plays games slower. *Sigh*. Reasons why PSP 3000 is supieror to 1000: Slimmer, Anti-Gloss screen, more color outputs, video outputs, 64mb of video RAM(1000 had 32mb of video RAM), less awkward to hold, etc.

SyedMoeed
SyedMoeed

woohoo just bought my 3000 and there really IS a visual output difference.....

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Damn... and I just bought a PSP-1000 from my friend just a couple of days ago too... I can wait though :)

and98
and98

i also had waited but i liked it so much that icoudn't

Gnesh500
Gnesh500

damn I should have waited longer, but it isnt like a HUGE upgrade kinda like how the 1000 to 2000 was. The 1000 to 2000 was like...wow

LinuxOS137
LinuxOS137

Just got one 2 days ago. (aside from my gaming laptop) THIS IS THE BEST THING I EVER PURCHASED!!!!!

Wings_008
Wings_008

am going to buy one nex week, now am gaming both indoors and outdoors :)

TX360
TX360

impressive upgrade

gamehippieabc
gamehippieabc

Dsi or psp 3000 Prob psp 3000 knowing it plays mp3 wma aac dsi ony plays aac

Kloisien17
Kloisien17

Just bought one and i`m happy to tell you no problems sighted... and best of all i can enjoy ff crisis core with greater colors and contrast :p!!!!! Hail PSP!!!

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

im confused! I hear it has visible lines and that it doset Do you hv to hold it up to your face to see them or what?

sgtbillybobby
sgtbillybobby

Leoulch Posted Dec 25, 2008 9:12 am GMT psp 3000 is cool BUT!!!!!! wht ppl dont know about it is that when you are playing a game on it the screen has lines thru it and the picture is distorted and flickers during game play Not sure where you got that from... I got one and it doesnt experience any lines across screen and it doesnt flicker, mayeb your psp is faulty?

X_ICE-MONKEY_X
X_ICE-MONKEY_X

The only reason they've decided to bring a 3000 out is to stop homebrew. Now homebrew is a wonderful thing, i even sometimes play sega or nintendo games on it, it is rather fun. PSP-2000 is still a much better choice seeing you can do ALOT more with it. btw papewalo618, psp will never be easy nor fun to play fps on them seeing it is an arcade system.

Leoulch
Leoulch

psp 3000 is cool BUT!!!!!! wht ppl dont know about it is that when you are playing a game on it the screen has lines thru it and the picture is distorted and flickers during game play

papewalo618
papewalo618

the next PSP should have a right analog it will make the PSP finally have first person shooters

TheClown24
TheClown24

i want a psp, and this just might be the one i get

SkinnyCord
SkinnyCord

bout to get this gurl to buy me one for X-Mas

fatpumba3
fatpumba3

I'm getting one for christmas XD

CoolCheese6
CoolCheese6

wow....big woop....SUCH a big difference...trully this is like the game boy color 2 the game boy advanced! very upsetting! i think sony should start making better games instead!

ben044
ben044

oh i just 4got to put dis in my otha comment sony should think b4 they make random new consoles bcause no right analog stick no L2 n R2 buttons terrible internet browser not fixed but i won't say anymore bcause last time i got in trouble by gamespot

ben044
ben044

i have nothing against a improved psp with brand new features execpt.... THEY BOTH LOOK DA SAME!!! seriously, I looked up prototypes of the psp 3000 on google n it was way betta than that one

Mathesar
Mathesar

It's a shame the PSP 3000 has annoying scanlines visible with no apparent fix on the horizon as its a hardware issue. I like the improved colors & lack of motion blur but my previous 2000 model didnt have any scanline issues.

gokazz
gokazz

the psp should think off another analog stick, cuz how you will be able to play shooters properly?

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

until my psp 1000 breaks or somethings happens to it ill still stay with it

xGamePlayerx19
xGamePlayerx19

this new psp dosent look so much better then the 2000 version, ill wait till 4000 version comes out.

Scooter_6_7
Scooter_6_7

My first PSP, I am so getting one of these

coolgamer360
coolgamer360

microsoft should release a portable system with the same xbox (classic not the 360) graphics that would be cool ....

thatmy
thatmy

I will wait for PSP4000 that is something special otherwise. PSP3000 is just a mob upgraded version of 1000 and 2000 respectively which put me off in buying it.

william623
william623

need to ask my pop to buy me a psp3000 for my graduate present... heh heh...

MarkystobartPSP
MarkystobartPSP

Im wondering whether its worth trading in my original PSP and spending a bit more to get a -3000 model.

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

getting one at xmas. guitar hero world tour now, psp 3000 at xmas. i broke my old one, the wireless connection went in it, and then i bust it up trying to replace it