Is Sony PSP Just For Games? Think Again!

Psp Sony Playstation PortableTo the average Joe, when you ask him or her what a Sony PSP (Sony Playstation Portable) is, they will tell you it a handheld video game console. The average person has no idea what all you can do with a Sony PSP. It’s not just a fancy Gameboy! It does a whole lot more than just play video games. Let me explain.

Gaming – video games The Sony PSP has over 350 game titles and more coming all the time. They are constantly adding titles all the time. You can get all the hottest titles of all your favorite games. Plus, one thing I absolutely love about the PSP is you can download emulators and play all you favorite games from the past. Super Mario Brothers, Sonic, Castlevania, Punch Out, Street Fighter, just to name a few of my favorites. So even if you only used it for video games it is fun little device to have. But that’s not what this article is about. I want to talk about all the other cool stuff you can do with a PSP.

Video – More than 460 feature films, TV programs and music videos available on UMD disc (each sold separately). If you travel a lot like me, and you do get sick of playing video games all the time, you need a chance to just sit back, relax and watch a movie on the airplane. The PSP is perfect for this. The screen is just the right size to watch movies while you travel.

Music – The PSP also plays music file of all the top formats including MP3s, WAVs, WMAs, ATRAC3+ and MP4s Not quite as compact as an Ipod, if that’s what you would really use it for, but a very handy feature to have. But I’ll bet most people didn’t know you could use the PSP as an MP3 player.

Photo – Another nice little feature of the PSP is the ability to create a slide show of your photos. If you have kids like me and you want to show grandma the latest pictures of the kids, you can do like I do and always keep the most recent photo’s on my PSP to show them off. You can even beam them to other devices via Wi-Fi.

Network – I know this relates to playing games, but most people don’t realize that you can communicate with other PSP systems and play games online. Not only that, but you can browse the internet right from your PSP.

As you can see the Sony PSP is so much more than a little video game player, it really has become the best device, that fits in the palm of your hands, for all your entertainment needs. Another thing I have to mention that is fairly new, is that there are more and more websites offering PSP downloads. Now you don’t even need to leave your house to get the games, movies, and music. You can get everything you need from a click of a mouse.

Chris McCann is an avid gamer who is crazy about the Sony PSP. He has reviewed dozens of websites for PSP downloads and has uncovered the top 3. You can view his findings at his website.

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  • The PSP can certainly be used for more than just gaming, especially when run with hacked custom firmware, but one thing it will never be able to get around is its primitive controls. Unlike the DS, the PSP is one of the few handheld devices these days not sporting a touch screen. Touch is essential for portables, and Sony, back in 2004, figured it was one feature that they just couldn’t get in there. The last time I tried something like web browsing with the PSP, I almost threw it down in frustration. And the fact that it can play videos, music and photos is nothing special, and hasn’t been since 2-3 years ago.

  • Very informative article thank you. I often use my PSP as a music player and internet browser when on the move. It’s very handy, and a lot easier than carrying a separate devices everywhere.

    Really don’t agree with Chuck MMA. I don’t think there is a need for a touchscreen.

  • Exactly! It is Sony which has branded it as a portable gaming device but it is much more than that. It can even compete with biggies like iPod, Zune after some improvements.