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    Please note:
    The Sony PSP Value Pack with Ridge Racer we currently sell is a Japanese import model. Although PSP games are not region-specific, the UMD discs with movie content available in various countries worldwide, are only for models specific to those territories. Unfortunately at this time, there is no way of altering this situation through a firmware upgrade or similar process.

    Package contents:
    • PSP
    • Ridge Racer Game
    • AC adaptor
    • Battery pack
    • Memory Stick Duo (32 MB)
    • Headphone
    • Remote control
    • Wrist strap
    • Soft case
    Sony PSP

    Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Q. How many game titles are expected at launch?
      A. More than 100 PSP software titles are currently in development worldwide. In addition to games, many movie titles may soon be published on UMD software format for play on PSP systems. For more information, please check the PSP website at www.us.playstation.com for product updates in the future.

    • Q What is UMD?
      A. UMD (Universal Media Disc) is a new, proprietary, high-capacity optical medium enabling game software, full-motion video and other forms of digital entertainment content such as movies and music, to be stored. The newly developed UMD is the next-generation compact storage media and at only 60mm in diameter, can store up to 1.8GB of digital data, making it perfect for a portable entertainment player like the PSP system. UMD stores a broad range of digital entertainment content including games, music, movies, and more.

    • Q. When will video/movie content become available for PSP?
      A. The first slate of UMD movie titles include, Spider-man 2, Hellboy, Resident Evil 2, House of Flying Daggers, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico and are available now.

    • Q. Can you browse Internet websites with the PSP system?
      A. Currently, the PSP system does not offer Internet browsing functionality.

    • Q. Can I connect my PSP system to my PC?
      A. The PSP system can function as a USB Memory Stick Duo reader. Using this functionality, you can copy pictures, audio, and other content to and from your Memory Stick Duo. To access the Memory Stick Duo in your PSP system from your PC, you'll need a USB cable that has a "Mini-B" connector (common for digital cameras) and a "Standard-A" connector (common for printers, etc). Plug the Mini-B side into the top of your PSP system and the Standard-A side into your PC. From the PSP system software, navigate to the top of the settings list and select "USB Connection." Your PC (Windows/Mac/Linux) should detect a new "Removable Disk Drive" that you can then access.

    Technical specifications:
    • Dimensions: 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D)
    • Weight: Approx. 260g (including battery)
    • CPU Specifications:
      • MIPS R4000 32-bit core
      • 128-bit bus
      • 1-333MHz (1.2V)
      • 32MB main memory
      • 2.6Gbps bus bandwidth
      • FPU, VFPU (2.6 billion flops)
      • 3D graphics extended instructions
      • I Cache, D Cache
    • Media Engine Specifications:
      • MIPS R4000 32-bit core
      • 128-bit bus
      • 1-333MHz (1.2V)
      • 2MB eDRAM submemory
      • I-Cache, D-Cache
      • 90nm CMOS
    • Graphics Core Specifications:
      • 1-166MHz (1.2V)
      • 256-bit bus
      • 2MB eDRAM (VRAM)
      • 5.3Gbps bus bandwidth
      • 664 million pixels per second pixel fill rate
      • 3D curved surface and 3D polygon engine
      • Support for compressed textures, hardware clipping, morphing, bone, tessellation, bezier, b-spline (NURBS)
      • Maximum of 33 million polygons per second
      • 24-bit full color (RGBA)
    • Sound Core Specifications:
      • VME (Virtual Mobile Engine)
      • Reconfigurable DSP
      • 166MHz (1.2 V)
      • 128-bit bus
      • 5 giga operations per second
      • CODEC capabilities
      • 3D sound, 7.1 channels
      • Synthesizer, effecter, and other abilities
      • ATRAC3 plus, AAC, MP3 for audi
    • Media Specifications:
      • UMD (Universal Media Disc)
      • 60mm-diameter disc
      • 660nm laser diode
      • 1.8GB capacity (dual-layered disc)
      • 11Mbps transfer rate
      • AES crypto system
      • Unique disc ID
      • Shockproof
      • Regional code system
      • Parental lock system
      • Repeat ordering system
    • Display:
      • 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD
      • 480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colours)
      • Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
    • Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
    • Main Input/Output:
      • IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
      • USB 2.0 (Target)
      • Memory Stick PRO Duo
      • IrDA
      • IR Remote (SIRCS)
    • Main Connectors:
      • DC IN 5V
      • Terminals for charging built-in battery
      • Headphone/Microphone/Control connector
    • Keys/Switches:
      • Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
      • Analog pad
      • Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
      • Left, Right keys
      • START, SELECT, HOME
      • POWER On/Hold/Off switch
      • Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/-
      • Wireless LAN On/Off switch
      • UMD Eject
    • Power:
      • Built-in lithium-ion battery
      • AC adaptor
    • Access Control:
      • Region Code
      • Parental Control

    Converting Mpeg 4 videos:
    To convert Mpeg 4 files to PSP video files you will need to download PSP Video 9, a free PSP video conversion and management application from http://www.pspvideo9.com/. A USB 1.0 or 2.0 cable with a mini 5 pin connector on one end is required for conversions.

    Adding music files to the PSP:
    Moving files from your computer to the PSP couldn't be easier; a standard USB cable will get the job done. Simply go into the memory card (it uses Sony and Sandisk Pro DUO cards ), add folders named MUSIC and PHOTO, and then drag and drop the files.

    Firmware update to 1.50:
    Sony have released a firmware update for the Japanese PSPs http://www.lik-sang.com/news.php?artc=3605.
    "The full package for the first PSP update, which will take the PSP operating system to version 1.5, includes a lot of simple interface upgrades. These features include: Support for German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Russian language options on the PSP menu (it will not affect in-game menus), a setting to retain the screen mode on videos, and a quick-resume function to resume playback of audio and video after coming out of the PSP's sleep mode (it won't automatically keep playing the media file, but you can jump right into the track or movie exactly where you left off before sleeping.)"

    Dead pixels on some PSPs':
    Some PSPs have a number of 'dead' pixels on the LCD screen. Sony have a reference to this issue in their manual:
    "Red, blue, or green spots (bright spots) or black spots (dark spots) may appear in certain locations on the LCD screen. The appearance of such spots is a normal occurrence associated with LCD screens and is not a sign of malfunction... a small number of dark pixels of continuously lit pixels exist on each screen." This should not be a cause for concern but if you are worried about this please call customer service at Firebox.

    Some tricks to help get more out of the PSP
    1. Saving game files onto the Memory Stick allows you to transfer them to your PC hard disk. That way you can keep valuable space free on your card but also email saved games to friends.
    2. You can get basic information by just exiting out of a game - saves having to quit - by hitting the 'home' key. This way you can see how much juice you have left, see the time and adjust things like the volume.
    3. Playing a UMD video disc automatically adjust the volume to a lower setting in order to conserve battery life. To adjust this go to Settings / Video Settings / UMD Volume and set it to +1 or +2 ( however this will drain the battery power at a greater rate ).
    4. Leaving the Wi-Fi feature on constantly, consumes more of the battery life. To conserve power, set the switch on the left hand side of the system to "off" and under the Power Save Settings in the Settings menu on the home screen, set the Power Save function to "on".
    5. Instead of quitting out of games, simply turn the machine off. The game will automatically re-start at the point you left off.
    PSP Manual Download:
    Download the PSP manual in English, French or Spanish from here: http://www.us.playstation.com/psp/Manuals.aspx

     

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