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A handheld game console produced and sold by Sony Computer Entertainment is the PlayStation Portable (PSP). It was first released on December 12, 2004, in Japan. Later on March 24, 2005, it came out in North America. And on September 1, 2005, PSP was released in PAL regions. Moreover, it is the first handheld installment in the PlayStation console line. It competed with the Nintendo DS as a seventh-generation console. 

When was the production of PSP announced?

During E3 2003, the PSP production was announced. And the console was unveiled during a Sony press conference on May 11, 2004. When it was launched, the machine was the most powerful portable console. After several challengers, such as Nokia’s N-Gage, had struggled, it was the first real rival to Nintendo’s handheld consoles. The advanced graphics capabilities of the PSP made it a common mobile entertainment device that could connect any USB-interface computer, other PSP systems, and the Internet to the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles. 

The PSP also had a wide range of multimedia capabilities, such as video playback. Hence a portable media player was also considered. The first handheld console is the PSP to use the Universal Media Disc (UMD) optical disc format as its primary storage medium; the format has published both games and movies. 

How was its software?

A customized operating system is run by the PSP, known as System Software. It can be modified via the Internet or uploaded from a Memory Stick or UMD. Sony provides no method for downgrading such software. Although device software updates can be used with consoles from any area, Sony only recommends that updates released for the model’s region be downloaded.

Many features have been introduced by Device Software updates. It includes-

  • a web browser
  • Adobe Flash support
  • additional multimedia codecs
  • PlayStation 3 (PS3) connectivity
  • patches against security vulnerabilities
  • homebrew program execution

On January 15, 2015, the new update, with the number 6.61, was released. 

What is a PSP Internet Browser?

The PSP Internet Browser is a variant of the browser NetFront that has been modified with the framework. The most popular web technologies, such as HTTP cookies, forms, CSS, and basic JavaScript, are supported by the browser. It features minimal browsing of tabs and has a maximum of three tabs.

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