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The PlayStation Portable (often abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console made by Sony designed to rival Nintendo's highly successful Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Released in December 12, 2004 in Japan and in 2005 in North America and the PAL Regions, it sold up to 80 million units. It is the only handheld console to use an optical disc format, called Universal Media Disc (UMD), as their primary storage medium.

The Sonic Rivals series are exclusive to this handheld device, and both received Greatest Hits releases. The PSP was discontinued in 2014, with the system's PlayStation Store and UMD production both ending in 2016. It was succeeded by the PlayStation Vita.

Sonic games[]

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Sega Genesis Collection Sonic Rivals Sonic Rivals 2

PlayStation Store[]

The PlayStation Store is an online virtual market available to users of Sony's PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita (the PSP's successor), and the PSP game consoles via the PlayStation Network. The store offers a range of downloadable content both for purchase and available free of charge. Available content includes full games, add-on content, playable demos, themes and game and movie trailers. The PlayStation Store is planned to be unavailable to Europe, Oceania, Asia, and parts of Africa by September 15, 2014 though it will operate in the Americas.[4]

Downloadable Sonic games

NOTE: The games shown above are also backwards compatible with the PSVita.


The system uses Sony's proprietary storage format known as the Memory Stick, most notably the Memory Stick PRO Duo (MSPD) variant.



This is the first model of the PlayStation Portable to support video output to a television.


This model adds support for composite cables in addition to component cables, compared to the PSP-2000, which only supports component.

PSP Go (N1000)[]

In late 2009, Sony released the PSP Go, also known as the PSP-N1000. This model omits support for UMDs, instead optimized for digital purchases via the PlayStation Store.

PSP Street (E1000)[]

PSP E1000

PSP Street (E1000)

In October 2011, Sony released the final revision: The PSP Street, also known as the PSP-E1000. This model removes Online capabilities, as well as having no Microphone. Unlike other PSP models, this one only released in PAL territories.


  • PlayStation Portable games are region free. However, UMD Videos are region locked.


  1. PSP™「プレイステーション・ポータブル」(PSP-1000)発売 (Japanese). Sony Interactive Entertainment (27 October 2004). Archived from the original on 4 May 2006. Retrieved on 5 September 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Casamassina, Matt (3 February 2005). PSP US Launch Price Revealed. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved on 5 September 2018.
  3. Reed, Kristan (01 November 2004). Kutaragi sheds more light on PSP battery life. Retrieved on 06 March 2018.
  4. Moser, Cassidee (10 September 2014). Sony to Cut PlayStation Store Access for PlayStation Portable in Several Regions. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved on 5 September 2018.

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