Nintendo introduced the world to handheld gaming many decades ago with the Game Boy and the classic Tetris series. Back then, black-and-white screens were good enough, but today, gamers crave more out of their handhelds. Enter Sony's PSP: a device capable of playing video games and movies, browsing the web and making video calls. Since its release, there have been two generations of the PSP, each making significant leaps forward. The third iteration in the PSP are the 3000 models (Japan's 3000 and the United States' 3001). Neither of which is a significant jump forward, and some features even take the system down a notch from previous models.
PSP 3000 Overview
The PSP 3000 nixes a few complaints of the previous iteration's hardware in favor of a more streamlined and natural device. In keeping up with the its big brother -- the PlayStation 3 -- the PSP 3000 scratched off the "Home" label from the bottom-left button and labeled it with their signature PS logo (the same one seen on the PS3 controller.) Furthermore, the 3000 contains a built-in microphone, matte finish, an anti-reflective screen and a higher-performing color and contrast screen.
PSP 3001 Overview
The PSP 3001 includes all of the enhancements its Japanese cousin boasts (including the higher-performing screen). Furthermore, the PlayStation Network has also been integrated into the 3001 (just like the 3000), making it possible for PSP 3001 owners to buy PSone Classics from the PSN store and share them via memory stick.
PSP 3000 Screen
When the PSP 3000 first launched, gamers and critics alike bashed the handheld system's supposedly superior screen. The PSP 3000's specs exhibited a device with twice the color gamut as the PSP 2000 and with an enhanced contrast ratio for bringing out details previously unseen or underused in PSP 2000 versions of games. Instead of a leap in visibility, however, the PSP 3000's screen faced harsh criticism and scrutiny for exaggerated scan-lines and ghosting (holding previous images on screen).
PSP 3001 Screen
The PSP 3001 faced the same screen changes as the 3000 version. In spite of this, comments on the 3001's screen have been more positive than on the 3000's. The 3001's enhanced color gamut improves the vividness of the system's games and movies, and also offers a switch for going back to the normal color settings of the PSP 2000. The change in sub-pixels that created the interlacing and ghosting effects on the PSP 3000 are diminished and hardly noticeable on the PSP 3001, and the overall look of the screen is much sharper than its predecessors.
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