PSP Memory Card

Sony released its PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld gaming console in order to compete with other popular handheld consoles such as the Nintendo DS. The system was released in Japan in late 2005 and in the United States in 2005. The PSP is the first handheld console to use an universal media disc (like a small CD) for storage, and the drive can hold up to 1.8gbs. Though the UMDs are handy, sometimes gamers found that they wanted a more portable memory source for the handheld and luckily for them, PSP released PSP memory cards in order to make that a possibility.

PSP memory cards have many varied uses. With them, gamers can transfer saved games between more than one PSP (i.e. to a friend’s PSP or to a new PSP if an old one has stopped functioning.) They can also download emulated games from the internet to play on their PSP. Futher, they can download demos for games from Sony’s website and boot them up on the PSP using the memory stick. Some demos are available in UMD format, as well, but this method has not proven nearly as convenient as loading demos from a PSP memory stick. For one, the universal media discs have to be ordered and mailed to PSP users. Most gamers would rather download demos straight to their PSP memory sticks than wait for ordering , processing and shipping time.

Unfortunately for Sony, their PSP memory cards have also contributed to the exploitation of the PSP gaming console. For example, in 2005, hackers were able to crack the coding within the PSP and share it via the internet. They were even able to run protected software by loading it onto hacked PSPs using UMDs or PSP Memory sticks. To combat these hackers, Sony continually upgraded their systems until hackers were no longer able to breach them. Speculation still exists, though, that the ability to hack and trade games through UMDs and PSP Memory sticks is one reason why PSP console sales have gone up while PSP game sales in the corresponding periods have gone down.

The hacking has led to a grassroots public information campaign on sites like the popular auction site eBay and the popular video sharing site YouTube. Many people feel that they have been ripped off with fake PSP memory sticks, so many videos and articles entitled “How to Spot a Fake PSP Memory Stick” have cropped up to try and solve the problem. Before buying a used PSP, it is advisable to check out these sites in order to determine if your new handheld gaming console has come with a hacked or fake PSP memory stick.

There have been several types of PSP memory sticks released since the inception of the PSP. First came the Memory Stick Duo. This was the first memory stick usable in the PSP, and was actual built by Sony in response to the need for smaller memory storage devices as their electronics – including cell phones, digital cameras, etc. – became smaller due to advancing technology. This technology was not relevant for long though, due to the fact that it could hold only a relatively small (128 MB) amount of memory. The next PSP memory stick to be released was the Memory Stick PRO Duo. It had much higher transfer speeds than the Memory Stick Duo and held much more information. Sony released a 16 GB version of the Memory Stick PRO Duo in March 2009 and has said that they eventually plan to release PSP memory sticks that can hold up to 2 terabytes of information.

This PSP Memory Card Review is Written/Updated on Jul 7th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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