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"It's like a PlayStation...but portable."
Sony Computer Entertainment first announced development of the PlayStation Portable at a press conference preceding E3 2003.
Sony announced that the PSP would be launch in Japan on December 12, 2004. The launch was a success, with over 200,000 units sold on the first day. On February 3, 2005, Sony announced that the PSP would be released in North America on March 4, 2005
PlayStation that fits in a pocket!
The PSP was groundbreaking in a lot of ways, not only was it a portable video game console offering near home console quality, but it was a multimedia device in the days of no smartphones. Outside of gaming, the PSP allowed you to listen to music, watch movies, browse the internet via Wi-Fi, and a ton more all in the early 2000s which was basically unheard of at that time.
Fat, Slim, Go!
The PSP had a long lifecycle and in that time saw many revisions and alternate models. There was the original PSP-1000, then PSP-2000 and PSP-3000 which were considered "slim" versions. Eventually in October 1, 2009 the PSP Go was released which was a digital only PSP with a built in 16 GB memory. Lastly, on October 26, 2011 the EU and PAL regions got the PSP-E1000 known as the "PSP Street".
The PlayStation we won't let go.
The PSP was a god-sent gift in 2004 when handheld gaming didn't offer much outside of the Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP. Considering that you could now take a PlayStation with you in your pocket was insane back then especially when smartphones weren't even a thing yet. PlayStation fans all hold a sentimental soft spot for the PSP and it will forever go down in history as the portable handheld that showed Sony's ambition and tech development in the early 2000s.
Check out our curated list of our top games on the PSP.