The PSP Slim & Lite is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. At E3 2007, Sony released information about a slimmer and lighter version of the PlayStation Portable.The new PSP is 33% lighter (reduced to 189 grams from 280 grams) and 19% slimmer than the original PSP system. The model numbers have changed to PSP-2000, following the previous region-based numbering scheme.
The PSP Slim & Lite offers a 33% lighter and 19% thinner system. Internal changes to achieve this include the removal of a metal chassis (used to reduce damage in the event of sudden trauma to the system resulting from the user dropping the system on a hard surface), improved WLAN modules and Micro-controller, and a thinner and much lighter LCD display.
Although dubbed “PSP Slim and Lite”, the PSP-2000 offers several other tweaks and improvements from the older generation. To target the original PSP generation’s poor load times for UMD games, the internal memory (RAM and FlashROM) was doubled to 64 MB to improve load times and accommodate for an improvement in the web browser’s performance.PSP Slim Memory Stick PRO Duo Slot is just fantastic.
To make the PSP slimmer, the capacity of the battery was reduced by about 1/3. Due to more efficient power usage, the runtime of the PSP is still the same as the older model. Older model batteries will still work with the PSP Slim & Lite which extends the amount of playing time on the PSP Slim & Lite. However, the battery cover on the newer model does not fit over the older battery due to its bulkier size. In mid-December, Sony is releasing the PSP Extended Life Battery Kit, which includes a 2200 MAh battery with either a Piano Black, or Ice Silver battery cover that fits over the bulkier battery; however this is only available in the US.
The PSP Slim & Lite has a new enamel coated finish to prevent scratches and smudges. The serial port was also modified in order to accommodate a new video-out feature (while rendering older PSP remote controls incompatible). Also of note is that PSP games will only output to external monitors or TVs in progressive scan mode, so televisions incapable of supporting progressive scan will not display PSP games. Other PSP video features output fine in either progressive or interlaced mode. USB charging was made possible (The PSP will only charge while it is in “USB mode”. You cannot charge via USB when playing a game.). However, there are unoffical USB charge plugin downloads for charging the PSP with a USB without the need for being in USB mode. The D-Pad was raised in response to complaints of poor performance, while buttons offer improved responsiveness, confirmed in the GameSpot “hands-on” review: “several GameSpot editors have noticed that the d-pad and buttons on the new PSP provide a little more tactile feedback for a better overall feel.”.
A new UMD loading tray design was introduced to be more efficient in terms of size, while the Wi-Fi switch was moved to the top of the console and the Memory Stick slot moved to the upper left. The speakers were repositioned on the front of the PSP near the top of the screen. The rather obsoleted infra-red port was also removed – which offered no use to the original PSP generation other than in homebrew applications. The analog stick was also redesigned to be more flexible.
This version of the gaming masterpiece has been released in many countries like HONG KONG and SINGAPORE 2-3 months back,but it is still to arrive in INDIA.
According to sony spokesperson “PSP SLIM AND LITE is set to be shipped to INDIA soon”.But we never know what time will take to reach indian stores.The retail price of this version of PSP is expected to be 8990 INR.