Is the PSP worth it in 2020?
I recently got my hands on yet another PSP, which is what got me thinking of making this article. The PSP has had a great life with lots of amazing games and homebrew support (and there are still plenty of developers working on it now!). So is the PSP worth it in 2020?
As most of us know, the PSP is extremely portable. You can easily fit it onto your back pocket and take it anywhere, especially with the 2000/3000/GO models. Obviously, we have phones now, which are even more portable, and (usually) a lot more power. However, we all know how bad touch screen controls can be (especially for emulation), which is why I continue to carry my PSP around with me. The only argument I could think of for not carrying a PSP around with you is that a 3DS can be carried around in the same manner, and it has more power (the New 3Ds drives this point home even more). But can you play God of War or GTA: Vice City Stories on your 3DS. I don’t think so!
I’m going to be honest here. There isn’t a great deal of PSP games that I enjoy. The main reason is that I haven’t played as many as I would like to. But, the games that I have played, I love. Some of my favourites are GTA:VCS, Hot Pixel, Ape Escape and Gran Turismo. A lot of my favourite games on the PSP are considered classics to other fans, and I agree with them. The graphics, at the time, looked amazing (although now, in a time where we have some beautiful graphics, the PSP doesn’t look too good). If your emulating PSP Games, you have upscaling options too, which makes the whole experience feel like it did all those years ago when the PSP first released.
Now we come to my favourite part. I remember when my dad first introduced me to PSP Hacking/Homebrew and I thought it was amazing. Having all these free games at my disposal was amazing. Why should I buy new PSP Games when I can just open up my favourite forum and look at the homebrew section for the PSP. One of my favourite PSP Homebrew games, especially in its later life, was CS:PSP. I played that game to death with my brother. Emulation is a good factor too. It definitely isn’t perfect on the PSP, but you can run plenty of the old 8-bit/16-bit games, and even Gameboy/Advance games (I do enjoy playing a bit of Kirby & the Amazing Mirror or SMW2: Yoshi’s Island on my PSP before sleeping). In 2020, it is EXTREMELY easy to custom firmware a PSP. I did mine as soon as I got it, and my Dad recently picked up another PSP too, so I did his. The process is super easy, takes less than half an hour (especially if it’s not your first time), and it gives you so much more to do on your PSP.
Unless you didn’t read the article, I think its pretty obvious whether I think the PSP is worth it in 2020. Although you might be better off getting a PSVita (it can do everything the PSP can and more), if you can only get a PSP, its totally worth it. They are inexpensive but can do quite a lot with CFW. A 3DS is also another option for a cheap console to CFW, if you dislike Nintendo, or want to play PSP Exclusive games, its good. I think that the PSP is worth it in 2020.
I am sure that at least someone reading this disagrees with me. If you do, put it in the comments, I would love to see your opinions on this.