Playstation Portable Mini Guide
When you open the box, the first thing you see are things such as the cleaning cloth, the instruction book, and other papers such as that. After that you lift up a cardboard flap, just like with the PS2 box. Inside that is another, smaller, cardboard scructure encasing the PSP. Next to that is important cords such as the battery charger, music controller, and earplugs.
First thing everyone probably does is pop in the demo disc to check things out. Just so you know, there isn't any playable games on it, just videos. Inside the demo disc is full length music videos, movie trailers, and game previews.
The music videos aren't bad, but nothing that really interests me. Some great movies are coming out. One I suggest you watch, is Stealth. A few game previews included on the demo disc are well-known release date titles such as Twisted Metal: Head-On, Ridge Racers, Ape Ascape, and ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails. Now, that's a FEW. There are more, but you get the idea of what's on there.
The first million units came with Spiderman 2 the movie. If you have never watched a movie on a PSP, I suggest you do. It's amazing for a screen not much bigger than 4 inches. The quality is DVD-like. I have seen the movie before, but being on a new media disc and a new system, I decided to test it out. The sound is really good, but it's alot better with the earplugs in.
When you turn on the PSP, you get the start-up screen or whatever it is. I don't know about anyone else, but it doesn't do that anymore. It turns on pretty quickly, too. The main screen has a left-right up-down scroll menu. You scroll left and right to change categories, and up and down for each thing under the categories. The first option((from left to right)) is Settings.
Settings consist of:
Date & Time Settings
Power Save Settings
I'll go into more detail of each area AFTER I cover each area.
The next section is Photo. Photo, from what I know, only has one option. That option is Memory Stick. This is to view the images you stored on your memory stick.
After Photo is Music. Music, from what I know, only has two options.
Next comes Video. Video has the same options as Music. More on that later.
The last section on the main menu is title Game. Game consists of the following.
Saved Data Utility
I'm not quite sure what Network Update does, but I'm guessing it grabs your network information and updates it for changes. Ah, thanks to helpful words from a fellow PSP'r, I now know what it does. It updates your software on the PSP. Thanks goes to Chris82.
USB connection is where you go when adding or removing things from your memory stick. You plug in your USB transfer cable((not included in the box)), and click on USB Connection. The usual "New Hardware Found" should pop up((on Windows)). Now just drag and drop things into the correct folder. Tada!
Inside the Video settings option is yet, more options. These options are never-ending I swear. The first option is Menu language. Obviously, that changes the language of Video menus. In the list of languages are quite a few languages. More than you will probably find in any other language option.
After that comes the Audio Language, which just like Menu language, has a bunch of options. LOTS of options. So there isn't much I have to say about this section.
After that comes yet another language option. This one controls the Subtitle languages and, yep, it has all of those languages that the past two options had.
UMD Video Volume
The last option is surprisingly NOT a language option. It's the UMD Video Volume. You can actaully set it so the UMDs play louder than normal. You can set it normal, +1, or +2. I just set mine to +2. I'm cool now.
Photo settings only has one option, which is Slideshow speed. You can choose from Normal, Slow, or Fast. Whatever suits your needs. There goes Sony, thinking about it's customers.
Next up we have System Settings. The first option is Nickname. That's simple enough. You name your PSP. I really like this feature, I'm not sure why yet.
Second up is System Language. Not as many options as the recent language options, but it does have quite alot of options. Too bad I don't know any of those languages.
After System Language is Battery Information. It tells you your charge level percentage, how many hours you have left(mine seriously just jumped up two minutes), your power source, and the battery status. This is another cool feature.
Format Memory Stick
The next option is Format Memory Stick. For fear of losing my information I won't click on that. But I will assure you what it does. Same thing formatting your harddrive does. Which is why I won't click on it.
Restore Default Settings
Following Format Memory Stick is Restore Default Settings. This is definatly a given. It just changes all the setting back to their original state.
System Information is the next option in the list. It gives you information such as, Your MAC Address, System Software, and Nickname.
The last option in this line is About PSP. It just gives you two screens telling you about the PSP, screens that go by too fast for me to copy. Pick up your own PSP or view a friend's PSP.
Date and Time
Under Date and Time settings we have as follows. The first option is Date and Time. That is where you, obviously, set the date and time. No detail needed there.
Next up is Date Format. You know, the basic MM/DD/YYYY. You can change that, but I'll keep mine that way, as I'm use to that setting.
The next option is Time Format. That means the standard 12 hour clock, or the 24 hour clock. I prefer the 12 hour clock, as that's what I've grown up on.
Following Time Format is Time Zone. I seriously hope no one wants me to list the options. Same as every Time Zone selection. I'm in Eastern. Yay.
The very last option in Date and Time Settings is Daylight Saving. Are you in Daylight Savings time? If no, choose Standard. If yes, choose Daylight Saving.
Power Save Settings
Now we head into Power Save Settings. These are settings designed to save power on your battery. The first option is Backlight Auto-Off. Default for that is 5 minutes. In 5 minutes of inactiveness the backlight automatically turns off making the screen a bit duller.
After that is auto-sleep. Just like on your PC where you can have your monitor switch off after being idle. Default setting is 10 minutes. So in 5 minutes the backlight turns off, in 5 more minutes the screen turns off.
WLAN Power Save
The third, and last, option under Power Save Settings is WLAN Power Save. It has the options of On and Off. No telling what this does but if it's power saving I keep it turned on.
In our next section, Sound Settings, we have two choices. The first one is AVLS. I'm not sure what it stands for but if I turn it on it knocks the sound down and limits it there. So I leave that off.
The second option is Key Tone. That's the little clicks you hear when you are scrolling through options. I happen to like the sound for some reason.
After Sound Settings comes Security Settings. This section also has two options. The first one is Change Password. I don't really remember setting a password, but I know I can change it.
[i]Parental Controll Level
Following that is Parental Control Level. I have to think of what I set my password as, so I can't tell you the options. Probably numbers, like the PS2.
Our last section is Network Settings. We can choose Ad-hoc(PSP to PSP), or Infrastructure(PSP to Access Point to PSP). The rest is explained in each option, which I won't be covering.
The Rest Of The Categories
We are done in Settings and can move further on in the bigger categories.
We have Photo, Music, and Video which all basically have the same options so I'll just list them once, as to not be repeating myself three times.
There are two options, and I don't know what order they are in. I think UMD comes first. This is to select your media off of the UMD inside the PSP. It won't appear if there isn't a UMD in the PSP.
The second option is Memory Stick. While on this option it lets you know how much space you have left. This option allows you to retrieve media off of the memory stick. Like the UMD option, it won't appear without a Memory Stick inserted into the PSP.
To the far right of the options is Game. It begins with Game Sharing. What I'm thinking(and my friend is backing up) this is used for is so two people can play off of one UMD. Pretty cool. I'll have to try this out sometime.
Saved Date Utility
Next up is Saved Data Utility. It shows you what saved games and features you have on the currently inserted Memory Stick. Each game save should have it's own background, image, and music.
The next option is probably the most used. It's UMD. That's where you go to play your game. While on this option music plays and a small video is shown of the game in-play.
The last option I will be covering, because it's the last option available, is Memory Stick. Just like on Music, Video, and Photo, it allows you to access games stored on the Memory Stick.
I have also written a review of the PSP.
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