Dave, I received my Sony PSP about 6 months ago and I don’t know how to do anything with it besides play games that I buy. I have like a memory card thing for it but I dont know what to use it for. I’ve heard that u can get the Internet on your PSP and dowlonad movies and music and pictures, but how?
This is a great question because it really highlights one of the challenges that Sony has marketing and positioning the Playstation Portable (aka PSP). On the one hand it’s a competitor to the Nintendo Gameboy Advance so it’s just a device that lets you play games.
On the other hand, it’s one of the most sophisticated consumer electronics gadgets on the market, allowing you to:
- Buy DVD-quality movies that you can watch on the PSP (in the PSP “UMD” format, they’re about $12-19 at Wal-Mart, Target, and similar),
- Download your favorite music onto the PSP in MP3 format and take a few CDs on the road with you,
- Download a photo album or three and share your family, hobbies, or just about anything else you can get into JPEG format, all on the crystal clear screen,
- Surf the web with the PSP’s built-in wireless networking capabilities and cool Web browser. Better yet, the browser’s free if you upgrade to the latest version of the firmware.
Having said all of this (is this officially an advert for Sony yet? I have to say that it’s not obvious how to do any of these tasks, which is why I’ve been writing how-to tutorials for quite a while now, helping people out. Here are a selection of the most popular:
- How to Copy a DVD onto your Sony PSP
- How does the Sony PSP find Wireless wifi Networks?
- Download photos and music to Sony PSP (Windows)
- Download photos to Sony PSP (Mac)
There are more PSP articles on this site too, articles that can help you with even more problems. Remember, when you’re having PSP problems, come here for Sony PSP Help.
Hope that helps clarify some of the many splendid capabilities of the Sony PSP device!