The PlayStation Portable, or PSP, is a handheld gaming console manufactured, made and marketed by Sony under the PlayStation brand. The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 25, 2005, and in the PAL region on September 1, 2005. It was launched in Japan on December 12, 2004, and debuted in North America on March 24, 2005. The computing power of the PSP is comparable to that between the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2, being capable of rendering significantly complex 3D graphics to a less detailed extent than the PS2. The console is also capable of supporting network play.
The PSP is the native platform for two Grand Theft Auto games, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, which both recycled settings in two PS2-native games but are able to retain many features of its more higher-spec counterparts at the expense of lower texture quality and resolution. In addition, both games manage to take advantage of the PSP's network support to include multiplayer modes, a feature which is absent in the PS2 port. Both GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories have been huge successes in terms of the number of sales in comparison to other PSP games.
It is the only system to use an optical disc format, Universal Media Disc as its primary storage medium. Its distinguishing features include a large-viewing screen, robust multi-media capabilities, and connectitvity with the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and the Internet. The console is capable of supporting network play.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has also been ported to the system in late 2009.
In 2014, the last versions of PSP (except the latest PSP 10,000 and PS Vita) were discontinued.
- Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006)
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009)
- Manhunt 2 (2007)
- The Warriors (2007)
- Midnight Club: Los Angeles (2008)
- Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
- Beaterator (2009)