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PSP 1000 vs PSP 2000 vs PSP 3000

by Oana Pelineagra  |  February 12, 2009

The Play Station Portable, widely known as PSP, was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, and is a game console with robust multi-media capabilities. The latter function makes it appealing to millions of game addicts, that in exchange of 130$ (more or less) receive a game tool and a little more.

The PSP has managed to detach itself from the major competitor - Nintendo - thanks to its superior design, smooth finish and multimedia characteristics (audio, video). Right now, 3 PSP models are available on the market: 1000 (the original one ), 2000 (widely called Slim&Lite) and 3000. Moreover, rumor has it that another PSP will be released in 2009: PSP 4000.

If in the past we tackled the differences between PSP and Nintendo, let's now see more clearly what are the similarities and differences between the three PSP models: 1000, 2000, 3000.



play station 1000 (Original)

play station 2000

play station 3000


hand held game console

hand held game console

hand held game console

Release date








Storage capacity

Memory stick duo and memory stick pro duo

Memory stick pro duo and internal flash memory

Memory stick pro duo and internal flash memory


Wi-fi, irda, usb

Wi-fi, usb 2.0

Wi-fi, usb 2.0


seventh generation era

seventh generation era

seventh generation era


280 grams

Is 33% lighter and 19% thinner than 1000

189 grams

TV output




RAM capacity




Built-in Microphone







16770000 + higher contrast ratio + better response time + anti - reflexive technology


4 - 6 hours game time

4 - 6 hours game time

4 - 6 hours game time



Optional camera and GPS

Optional camera and GPS

Software and Media

Web browser, wireless phone, remote play

Web browser, internet radio,video playback, music playback, MP3, MP4,WAVE, WMA

Web browser, internet radio,video playback, music playback, MP3, MP4,WAVE, WMA



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sujjjartis commented on 4/18/2011 11:45:04 AM

the psp 3000 can be used as a phone.

how? you say?

well go to the network settings, go to AD HOK mode and connect to phone, go on USB connector and then copy the files from the phone to the psp, You will see numbers which say CONTACTS on them and the name of the persons phone number. VWALAA the psp is a fone with all i phone apps on it. I TUNES AVAILABLE

shan commented on 7/29/2011 1:48:17 AM

I can not seem to work out how to make it a phoone and how do u hack it???
prajwol karki commented on 10/18/2011 2:47:22 AM

psp 1000 is the best
ELMO=] commented on 12/7/2011 11:31:03 PM

Psp 3000 is da best psp 1000 sucks kuz its fat and has less capabilities psp 2000 is OK. PSP GO SUCKS!!!!!!!
Michelle commented on 12/10/2011 4:15:43 AM

thanks for everybody advice, i hope this makes it a little easier to find one for my son now for xmas.
ELMO=] commented on 12/15/2011 4:53:07 AM

See guys at least i helped her
Miles Prower commented on 3/20/2012 8:36:16 PM

Thanks for this info,
I was about to buy 1000 model but the features in 3000 look much better.
JokerTime commented on 4/14/2012 8:43:03 AM

how long a PSP 3000 charge until full?
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Murder Ball commented on 9/10/2012 3:33:04 AM

PSP 3000 is obviously the best of the 3. PSP Go is a good unit; the only problem is its sliding screen.
Different55 commented on 9/18/2012 12:13:08 AM

This article is inaccurate. The 2000 and 3000 do not have internal flash memory. They do have flash memory, but it requires a kxploit to access. The firmware is on these, so don't screw around with it. All 3 revisions have this internal flash memory. The 2/3K can also use the Memory Stick Duo. That's not something only the 1K has. It should be mentioned about the 3K's screen that high-motion games cause scanlines and other artifacts. Also, there are more than two accessories for the PSP. The phat can also play all the file formats the 2/3K can, and Remote Play is not limited to the 1K. The 3K also has skype packaged with it letting you call friends who also have skype. If you pay, you can call normal phone numbers as well. You should also know that full hacks are only possible on the 1K and some 2Ks. The 3K and the go are "un-hackable". You can get custom firmware, but it requires you to restart it every time your PSP is shut completely off. A small price to pay for the endless possibilities that running unsigned code provides.
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V001989 commented on 12/1/2012 4:30:01 PM

Thank you for your article it was very helpful. My children all have Nintendo handhelds and was looking for something different. I guess ill go with the 3000.
V001989 commented on 12/1/2012 4:30:01 PM

Thank you for your article it was very helpful. My children all have Nintendo handhelds and was looking for something different. I guess ill go with the 3000.
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sourjya commented on 3/11/2013 11:07:41 AM

i was very confused whether to buy a psp2000 or a psp3000.
but now my doubts are clear,thank you
phyon commented on 4/17/2013 3:44:23 PM

i prefer psp3000 cuz itz d lastest buh ova al i lv d pspgo most.d slidin,its vry portable nd d psp1,2,3 k ar old.buh d pspgo z one of d latest.wo wl lyk to cari UMD arund
Shreyash commented on 6/18/2013 11:17:11 AM

I have a PSP 3004 and the battery got shot...i was trying to chipp it failed big time.. now I need a new battery.. you guys think I can still get it?? or should I dump the psp??
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