The official "What PSP should I get?" thread... keep it here.

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#1 Posted by MAILER_DAEMON (45906 posts) -

There have been way too many threads like this, and they always come to the same conclusion: people are sick and tired of these threads flooding the boards. So, until further notice, keep it to this thread.

A word of advice though: it's always best to do some research first and at least be familiar with the differences between the 4 major models of the PSP.

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#2 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -

For quick reference (obviously don't trust a single person if you're looking for unbiased opinions, there's plenty of 3000 vs Go stuff online to read up on):

PSP 1000
-Bulkier design
-UMD drive
-only 32MB of memory
-standard mini USB cable for charging/transfers

PSP 2000
-Same as the 1000, plus
-Slim design
-64MB of memory (faster loads)
-mic jack
-video output

PSP 3000
-Same changes as the 2000, plus
-built-in mic
-brighter, faster screen with less ghosting (but occasionally noticeable scanlines)
-Sturdier disc tray

PSP Go
-Smaller screen (3.8" versus 4.3")
-Sliding design and rearranged button layout
-16GB of built in memory
-Memory card slot new proprietary format, not traditional MemoryStick
-proprietary 'all in one' port for USB transfers and video output
-save states possible
-supports bluetooth for using a controller
-No UMD drive

As the first two models are no longer in production the choice will fall to the 3000 (at least until the 4000 is properly announced) and the Go. While the choice is up to the individual, these are the main differences between the two:

Go
-smaller and more portable due to its size
-Has no UMD drive, rendering a previous PSP owner's catalogue useless and cutting off new users from a vast quantity of inexpensive physical PSP titles
-Not all UMD games are available on PSN - those that are usually cost more than their physical counterparts (and cannot be sold, obviously)
-new proprietary memory card format that's more expensive and more difficult to find than the old Memory Sticks.
-proprietary port for transfers and video, making replacement of lost cables more expensive
-expensive

3000
-does not support save states
-bigger in size
-noisy when accessing a UMD (then again, all UMD based PSPs are)
-includes no memory card when purchased outside of a bundle
-still uses Memory Sticks, which can be found for $40 for 16GB
-cheaper than the Go

Both PSPs use the same cross media bar interface, both let you download and store games from PSN, both play PS1 ****cs. The crux of the decision boils down to the size of the handheld, mainly, as the 3000 is capable of everything the Go is (other than save states and bluetooth support). Whether that smaller size and more elegant look but limited and expensive game catalogue is worth the extra money is up to you.

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#3 Posted by tjoeb123 (6843 posts) -
Thank you very much, MAILER, for making a sticky about this. We've seen too many of these recommendation-like threads that aren't game releated, so it's nice to see one like this. You missed a couple of details, DJ_Lae, and that is regarding the video output of the 2k and 3k, though it probably doesn't matter anymore: PSP-2000 -Video is only output in component ONLY (meaning: HDTV) for games. Games themselves (except for PS1 games) don't even take up the whole screen - just their 480*272 resoultion, unless your TV has an option to blow up the picture. -Video can be output in composite as well as component for menus and watching movies (not sure about UMD movies) and basically everything else. PSP-3000 -There are no limitations on video output; you can use all types with all content. -Also, the Home button has changed to the PS button to match the PS3, though its functions are still the same. Also you can't output video while performing a System Software update...for obvious reasons.
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#4 Posted by njdevilsfan85 (169 posts) -

Great job on making a sticky and kudos to DJ_Lae for the breakdown. Maybe this will help with the constant "What PSP should I get" threads.

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#5 Posted by DaAlienMan (1076 posts) -

can i get some credit since this was sorta my idea too..i made my thread yesterday at like 11 at nite..did alot of researching trying to make this happen.

i also think you should add pictures for each :]

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#6 Posted by jameshwin (25 posts) -
PSP: Pros: -Able to purchase umd games that are not available on Playstation Network -Able to trade and return umd games purchased -Umds cross out the use of memory sticks -Easier control Cons: -The availability of a selection of games requires carrying umds around -Clunky weight and size can be an annoyance -No system memory, and comes with a small memory spaced memory stick -Annoying and loud sounds, when playing games PSPgo Pros: -Comes with 16gb memory -Availability of a selection of games at your fingertips -Lighter weight, and smaller size makes it easy to carry around -Silence or no sounds when playing games -Special promotions and bonuses including free games Cons: -Unavailability of umd games that aren't purchasable on Playstation Network -Different and more difficult handling -The surpassing of the limit of games requires purchasing another memory stick which are easily lost -Unavailability of trading in and returning games -Requires internet to purchase games Notice* These are just some of the pros and cons of the PSP regular, and PSPgo, I'm sure there are more I'm just listing some of the ones I know.
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#7 Posted by Xx-Addict-xX (1119 posts) -
This again is a good idea...But there will still be these threads....
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#8 Posted by tjoeb123 (6843 posts) -
This again is a good idea...But there will still be these threads....Xx-Addict-xX
...which will be locked, right? I'm assuming.
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#9 Posted by zapp64 (25 posts) -

Hi. DJ_Lae states above that the PSP 3000 does not support save states. What does that mean? Does the PSP 1000 or 2000 do this? I my self owns a PSP 1000.

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#10 Posted by tekken220 (5105 posts) -

Hi. DJ_Lae states above that the PSP 3000 does not support save states. What does that mean? Does the PSP 1000 or 2000 do this? I my self owns a PSP 1000.

zapp64
For the PSP Go, the "Do you want to quit the game" screen that pops up when you press the HOME/PS button is replaced by two options, namely "Pause Game" and "Quit Game." If you choose Pause Game, you will be brought back to the XMB with the option "Resume Game" available under Game. You can pretty much do anything like go to PSN, listen to music or even play another game with the Save state available. When you click Resume Game, you will be brought back to the paused game as if you never quitted.
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#11 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -

Yeah - the best comparison is sleep mode on a regular PSP - it's like that, except you can keep a saved state for every game rather than just the one you're currently playing (and obviously you can't exit the game entirely or it'll just reset on the original PSPs).

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#12 Posted by zapp64 (25 posts) -

Ok, thanks! Then I'll know.

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#13 Posted by MaddogQ80 (415 posts) -

id reccomend the 3000 its the best one out there so far...

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#14 Posted by Daavpuke (13771 posts) -
THANK YOU JEZUS FOR INSTALLING THIS THREAD!!!! This is wonderful to get back to. My choice goes to a 1000 for personal sturdy choice. If the more flimsy models don't bother you, I'd recommend the 3000 for the updated features.
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#15 Posted by gamebreakerz__ (5120 posts) -
My launch PSP1000 is a bit wrecked but still going strong. I don't like the feel of the newer models but i guess it's what your used to.
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#19 Posted by afrodudeman123 (178 posts) -

I got a BLUE 2000 psp a couple days ago And it does the job pretty well for me.

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#20 Posted by afrodudeman123 (178 posts) -

not to much of a major change between psp 3000 and the go

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#21 Posted by DaAlienMan (1076 posts) -

not to much of a major change between psp 3000 and the go

afrodudeman123
what do you mean by that, there's alot of changes between the 3000 and go. From overal design to the insides of the system. now if you meant not much of a change between 2000 and 3000 then i agree. Just some design changes. Plus the fact the screen on the 3000 is much prettier xP
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#22 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -

[QUOTE="afrodudeman123"]

not to much of a major change between psp 3000 and the go

DaAlienMan

what do you mean by that, there's alot of changes between the 3000 and go. From overal design to the insides of the system. now if you meant not much of a change between 2000 and 3000 then i agree. Just some design changes. Plus the fact the screen on the 3000 is much prettier xP

Actually, the 3000 has the least impressive screen of all the models.

The GO may be the best model to get at this point. Reason being that the successor to the psp will likely be backwards compatible, meaning all downloaded games will be transferable to the new hardware. It isn't likely sony will offer some form of "UMD conversion" deal. I'm not upset I bought a 3000 not too long ago, but in hindsight I think the GO is the best of the models.

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#23 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -

[QUOTE="DaAlienMan"][QUOTE="afrodudeman123"] what do you mean by that, there's alot of changes between the 3000 and go. From overal design to the insides of the system. now if you meant not much of a change between 2000 and 3000 then i agree. Just some design changes. Plus the fact the screen on the 3000 is much prettier xPHeirren

Actually, the 3000 has the least impressive screen of all the models.

Wut???

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#24 Posted by blacknight06 (1422 posts) -

Actually, the 3000 has the least impressive screen of all the models.

Heirren

Please explain.

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#25 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -

The 3000 has interlacing issues.

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#26 Posted by tekken220 (5105 posts) -

not to much of a major change between psp 3000 and the go

afrodudeman123

1. What are you talking about? There's tons of changes on the Go, like the Analog clock and calendar, the save state function and even bluetooth for connecting it with a DualShock 3 controller.

2. Why did you put your Portable ID in your post? xD

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#27 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -

The 3000 has interlacing issues.

Heirren
everyone is whinin' about the scanlines on the psp 3000... so annoying! It's really not a problem... dude..
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#28 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -

[QUOTE="Heirren"]

The 3000 has interlacing issues.

rubedisky

everyone is whinin' about the scanlines on the psp 3000... so annoying! It's really not a problem... dude..

I own a 3000 model--the camo MGS one--and while it isn't a huge deal, it is certainly noticeable. It's has a similar effect to watching an old action flick on an old dvd in 480i. When things get moving, the screen breaks up somewhat. I noticed it immediately on Street Fighter and Pursuit Force. Fact of the matter is though, is that the 3000 does in fact have the least impressive screen of all the psp models.

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#29 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -

[QUOTE="rubedisky"][QUOTE="Heirren"]

The 3000 has interlacing issues.

Heirren

everyone is whinin' about the scanlines on the psp 3000... so annoying! It's really not a problem... dude..

I own a 3000 model--the camo MGS one--and while it isn't a huge deal, it is certainly noticeable. It's has a similar effect to watching an old action flick on an old dvd in 480i. When things get moving, the screen breaks up somewhat. I noticed it immediately on Street Fighter and Pursuit Force. Fact of the matter is though, is that the 3000 does in fact have the least impressive screen of all the psp models.

of course you'll notice it. but you get used to it.
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#30 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -
It's a trade-off, though - the interlacing of the 3000 or the horrible ghosting of the 2000/1000. I'd take the 3000's screen, as while they both break up or smear in motion, it's much more vibrant as well.
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#31 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -
[QUOTE="DJ_Lae"]It's a trade-off, though - the interlacing of the 3000 or the horrible ghosting of the 2000/1000. I'd take the 3000's screen, as while they both break up or smear in motion, it's much more vibrant as well.

if you use a crystal case Then you don't see it anymore. I currenty use a logic3 crystal case (psp 3000)
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#32 Posted by GhostOfSparta50 (25 posts) -
Whatever you do dont get a go. get a psp 2000 or 3000. Psp Go: Small Only download games. Psp 3000: Play games off umd movies off umd nice design not small
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#33 Posted by tekken220 (5105 posts) -
[QUOTE="GhostOfSparta50"]Whatever you do dont get a go. get a psp 2000 or 3000. Psp Go: Small Only download games. Psp 3000: Play games off umd movies off umd nice design not small

/facepalm
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#34 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -
[QUOTE="tekken220"][QUOTE="GhostOfSparta50"]Whatever you do dont get a go. get a psp 2000 or 3000. Psp Go: Small Only download games. Psp 3000: Play games off umd movies off umd nice design not small

/facepalm

tekken220 just ignore it. I think the go is a good system if you live in USA....it's not that good if you live in EUROPE cuz they don't even have half of the content that the USA psn has.
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#35 Posted by hippiesanta (10299 posts) -

PSPgo = more expensive but better system. If you own a PSPgo and living in a place limited with UMDs.....then it's a better choice to purchase/download via internet.

PSP = cheaper, easy control handling, bigger screen, bulkier, slower loading, no bluetooth, hard to find UMD english games if you are not living in United States and UK.

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#36 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -

PSPgo = more expensive but better system. If you own a PSPgo and living in a place limited with UMDs.....then it's a better choice to purchase/download via internet.

PSP = cheaper, easy control handling, bigger screen, bulkier, slower loading, no bluetooth, hard to find UMD english games if you are not living in United States and UK.

hippiesanta
And where do you live?
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#37 Posted by dovberg (3348 posts) -

I have owned every model myself and I never noticed the lines on the 3000 but I always sell them after I'm bored of everything on it. I haven't played peace walker yet. I'm a huge phantasy star fan so I plan on buying another PSP some time this week and picking up phantasy star portable 2 when it comes out. I also want Birth By Sleep and the new GoW. I am kinda thinking I'll just go for the cheapest model available at my local GS because I feel like it's so late in the system's life that there would be no point in buying a newer one. I loved my Go tons and I could see myself getting another one to replace my ipod like I did before but PSN didn't have my 2 favorite games available on the PSN store(Mega Man Powered Up and Phantasy Star Portable). I know they said that all new games would go onto PSN but I'm a little skeptic and I'd rather be safe than sorry. Does anyone know for sure that Phantasy Star Portable 2 is/will be on PSN? I might just go for the 1000 either way but if it's there I'd rather have the go so I can have portable gaming and not deal with bulky UMDs.

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#38 Posted by XXI_World (2050 posts) -

PSPgo = more expensive but better system. If you own a PSPgo and living in a place limited with UMDs.....then it's a better choice to purchase/download via internet.

PSP = cheaper, easy control handling, bigger screen, bulkier, slower loading, no bluetooth, hard to find UMD english games if you are not living in United States and UK.

hippiesanta



Just FYI, I still can play downloadable games on my 2000. Load times are similar.

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#39 Posted by MYWIIWII5 (25 posts) -

If I had to go for one it'd be the 3000 model. my old 1000 is pretty much dead. Id get a new one but I'm going to look into the 3ds. You should too its looking really good. But if your strictly Sony than 3000, PspGo isn't one id recommend

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#40 Posted by Daavpuke (13771 posts) -

If I had to go for one it'd be the 3000 model. my old 1000 is pretty much dead. Id get a new one but I'm going to look into the 3ds. You should too its looking really good. But if your strictly Sony than 3000, PspGo isn't one id recommend

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I'd follow that to a line.
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#41 Posted by sora1226 (160 posts) -

http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Memory-Stick-Flash-LMSPD32GBSBNA/dp/B002RL8UQ6

Is that a good price for a 32gb memory stick?

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#42 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -

http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Memory-Stick-Flash-LMSPD32GBSBNA/dp/B002RL8UQ6

Is that a good price for a 32gb memory stick?

sora1226
some of them say it's slower that the sony ones. So I am not sure.
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#43 Posted by Granpire (2749 posts) -
[QUOTE="sora1226"]

http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Memory-Stick-Flash-LMSPD32GBSBNA/dp/B002RL8UQ6

Is that a good price for a 32gb memory stick?

rubedisky
some of them say it's slower that the sony ones. So I am not sure.

Yes, I just looked it up, and it seems the slower sticks are only from Lexar, not other manufacturers. You might prefer to go with a Sandisk, but other than the slight speed decrease, it's a good buy for a 32GB card. Here: http://www.pricegrabber.ca/rating_getprodrev.php/product_id=60888928/id_type=masterid/
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#44 Posted by JohnnyWPSP (1895 posts) -

3000 is the best one to get.

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#45 Posted by Weezyweezer (25 posts) -
Sorry if this is irrelevant but my friend put his psp slim under his pillow and the screen broke from that (I know retarded idn't it?) I have a psp 1003 and its held up nicely it is my second one because my first one came up with multicoloured lines on the screen if it moved like a millimeter (which if anyone knows how to fix please message me!) Sorry if its irrelevant!
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#46 Posted by rubedisky (1024 posts) -
Sorry if this is irrelevant but my friend put his psp slim under his pillow and the screen broke from that (I know retarded idn't it?) I have a psp 1003 and its held up nicely it is my second one because my first one came up with multicoloured lines on the screen if it moved like a millimeter (which if anyone knows how to fix please message me!) Sorry if its irrelevant!Weezyweezer
multicoloured lines sound like scratches. Yep it are scratches. If you want to get rid of them you'll have to buy a new faceplate.
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#47 Posted by Weezyweezer (25 posts) -

I don't think its scratches, because sometimes it doesn't even boot i just get a green light and there are no menu sounds or button clicks, I dropped it previously if that helps at all.

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#48 Posted by Granpire (2749 posts) -
[QUOTE="rubedisky"] multicoloured lines sound like scratches. Yep it are scratches. If you want to get rid of them you'll have to buy a new faceplate.

If you're talking about the slight screen discoloration that happens with scratching, then you'd be right, but he clearly stated, multicoloured lines. Those could be due to a broken video ribbon cable, but if you say there's no sound, that's probably something pretty serious. I've never of heard of something that bad.
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#49 Posted by ner38073 (120 posts) -
PSP 1000, go for it.
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#50 Posted by mralspsp (149 posts) -

I highly recommend getting the bright green MGS bundle. :)