The PSP may have failed in Sony’s quest to unseat Nintendo as king of the handheld gaming hill, but it’s found new life among retro gamers. In this video, I take a look at the system and its own games, but with a focus on using it to play retro games through the many emulators available for it. Is this the one retro machine you need? Maybe!
There have been three really common comments, so let me just answer them here:
On PSP sales: The PSP sold 82 million units, which is a lot by any standard. However, it was up against the Nintendo DS, which sold 154 million units. Approximately 50% of the PSP’s sales were in Japan as well, while the DS dominated in other countries. The spread in the US, for example, was 3 to 1. Sony did not get into the handheld market for that kind of result.
On the E1000 model: A lot of people have also said I forgot to mention this. In fact, I didn’t – I left it out intentionally. It is a regional variant. I did misspeak one word in the video – I wrote “there are four *main* models”, whereas for some reason I actually said “there are four *unique* models”. Hey, it happens – all of my scripted videos are about 95% accurate to the script, not 100%, but usually the changes I make on the fly are meaningless, and I rarely even notice them. In this case, that one word does change the meaning, so I do apologize for that. But I still wouldn’t have mentioned the E1000, as it doesn’t officially exist in the US and is not a model I’d recommend looking for. It would be like talking about the (Brazilian) Digiplay Intellivision in an American video about buying an Intellivision – it would just be confusing.
Lastly, my mind is made up about the Go.
Here’s the promised link to wololo:
A few notes on how I got the game footage you’re seeing:
Everything was captured from the system in question using an El Gato Game Capture HD set to its highest possible quality. It’s all REAL output as you’d see if you hooked one of these machines up to your TV, which is what I prefer to show you if possible. Nothing was emulated on PC, and no console has been modded for output! It’s all totally stock. I used the following connections:
* PSP – standard PSP component cables
* Genesis, Atari Flashback Portable, Genesis Portable – standard RCA composite cables
* ColecoVision, Intellivision, Atari 2600/VCS – RF output to a JVC HR-S7500U S-VHS VCR, then RCA composite cables. (I somehow didn’t think to try S-video – well, next time!)
Keep in mind as you watch that the PSP’s native resolution is 480×272 – it looks a bit jagged if you’re watching full-screen on a 24″ monitor, but on the little PSP screen it looks fine. Also, it may be the component cables themselves, but no matter what I did the PSP’s TV output always looked a little blown out, with too much gain. It doesn’t look that way on the PSP itself.
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