The Sony PSP (abbreviation for PlayStation Portable) is a handheld video game console that competed against the Nintendo DS and was released in 2005. The PlayStation Vita, the successor to the PSP was released in 2012.

Why it Rocks

  1. Huge number of RPGs.
  2. It is the only handheld device to use optical discs. The discs were known as Universal Media Discs or UMDs.
  3. The UMDs were also a movie format allowing the PSP to play movies essentially also making it a portable movie player. Unfortunately movies stopped being released in UMD format.
  4. Could connect to the PlayStation 3, internet and other PSP consoles.
  5. The PSP had high quality graphics, comparable to a PlayStation 2.
  6. It is possible to play original Sony PlayStation titles via virtualization.
  7. The PSP is compatible with many emulators, such as Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, etc.
  8. New games can be bought via the PlayStation Store, and free demos can also be downloaded.
  9. It has great games such as Daxter, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, LocoRoco, and more.

Bad Qualities

  1. The UMDs could come loose from their cases, which makes them useless because the PSP requires a UMD to be in the case to work. Therefore, third party replacement cases were developed.
  2. Requires the usage of Sony's proprietary MemoryStick technology to save games, or play downloadable games. While not nearly as rare or expensive as the memory cards later used by the PlayStation Vita, they're still more expensive than SD cards.


The PSP was the first handheld to ever offer Nintendo real competition in the handheld market where most other handhelds paled in comparison to the Game Boy and DS line ups. Over 80 million units were sold in the PSP 10 year cycle. However it still fell far below the Nintendo DS' 154 million units.

YouTuber AlphaOmegaSin said that the system was a must-own for RPG fans.