Wednesday, September 3, 2008

JJNN Wednesday: Games - 05

Welcome again to JJNN for Wednesday September 3rd, 2008. Today we will be taking about a new version of the PSP.

Many of you have probably heard of or used the PSP. For those of you that are not into gaming I will say that the PSP stands for playstation portable and it is like the playstation's version of the game boy. The version of the PSP that is out now is called the PSP 2000. The PSP 2000 has been on sale since September of last year. But, in August Sony announced that on the 16th of next month they will be releasing the next in their PSP line, the PSP 3000.

So, what's the difference between the PSP 2000 and 3000? Well according to this article there are some design and technical changes. Look at the picture below to see if you can find the changes.

In the picture the 2000 is on the top and the 3000 is on the bottom. Hmmm? Changes? Well, to the naked eye there is not really a lot different design wise. It seems that the 3000 is a lot more rounded on the sides and the logos have been moved around a little.

There are actually 3 major changes. The first one is to the left of the "PSP" logo on the bottom of the 3000. That little hole is actually a microphone. Sony decided to jump on the random microphone within gaming platform bandwagon. They should have seen that it didn't really go anywhere for the Nintendo DS and just left it out, but they decided to put it in any way. They are even making games that use that microphone technology. Personally I don't needed to be yelling into a microphone to win a game if I am in a train or anywhere outside my house. Sort of takes the "portable" part off the PSP.

The second change is the location of the buttons. They just did this so that the location of the buttons on the PSP match the location of the buttons on the PS3 controller. What a company will do to tie its consoles together and try to make more money, huh?

The 3rd change is the display. Sony found a way to make their already beautiful PSP display even more beautiful. I don't know exactly how they did it, but look at the following picture.

The top of the picture is the 3000 and the bottom is the 2000. Both of them look good, but as you can see the colors come out more boldly on the 3000 than the 2000. Personally I would not use the PSP to watch movies or look at pictures, but a screen like that can make games a lot more interesting to play.

Any way, it is now time for the word of the day. Today's word is 液晶(えきしょう). It is pronounced ekishou and means liquid crystal. The technology for liquid crystal displays really has gone a long way since I was young. They can do so much with those types of displays now.

That's it for today. See you next time at JJNN.

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