Ten Cool Things to do with your Sony PSP

jess_psp.jpg The reason why I’ve not been blogging: I got a Sony PSP. I got mine from Target where used a 10% off coupon, and I got it there so that I could exchange it until I got a perfect unit. Yes, for some poor reason, Sony’s PSP has beautiful screens that are prone to dead pixels, pits in the LCD glass, or even particles under the glass that you can’t rub off. I had to go through six units until I found a better one, much thanks the patience of Target staff members!

Not wanting to end up with another black white elephant, I’ve been trying to figure out what else I could do with it besides playing expensive games or storing video, photos and music. So far no one’s been able to crack the PSP signature encryption which prevents running of homebrew applications, but in the mean time, there are several other things you can do with your PSP, particularly if you have a Mac.

Taking the cue from Kottke’s “50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod“, here’s my “10 Cool Things To Do With Your Sony PSP”:

  1. Syncing Videos, Photos, Music
    By far the best Mac application for this is PSPWare ($15). Not only does it sync your music, movies and photos, but it backs up your game saves too. It handles video particularly well as PSPWare supports every common movie format (MOV, MPG, AVI, WMV, VOB) so you can easily prepare your DVD library for watching on your PSP’s 16:9 wide aspect ratio screen. Highly recommended above other competing syncing and video encoding tools, including iPSP ($20).

  2. Reading Text files
    PSPBook is an open source software program for Mac OS X that allows you to convert text documents into JPEG images so that it is readable on the Sony PSP handheld gaming system. So far I’ve used this to convert a GameFAQ walkthrough for Metal Gear Ac!d so I can check it anytime I get stuck in a level.

  3. Reading Comics
    eigoManga.com features 60 pages of full-color original manga available for Sony PSP. Check out the stories featured in PSP PAK Issue 1! Seven Seas Entertainment has released free downloadable manga specifically converted for viewing on the PSP. Thing is, Seven Seas only released the first chapters for their four flagships titles: Amazing Agent Luna, Blade for Barter, Last Hope and No Man’s Land. Each preview consists of 30 to 40 pages of the story. PSPcmx.com is another great source for PSP-optimized comic books and manga by premier independent publishers. Finally, 8BitJoystick has a wonderful visual tutorial which explains “How to Read Web Comics on a PlayStation Portable” via a Mac or PC.

  4. Reading Magazines
    How about a downloadable PSP magazine that you can read from your PSP’s screen? Check out PSPOMAG for a high quality widescreen publication on PSP gaming. Here is the direct download page for the first two issues. Another gaming magazine to check out is Gamers Heaven magazine which features original gaming articles across gaming consoles. For a more general selection of magazines, see pspmagazines.com where the author shares all kinds of PSP-formatted magazines for download, including sexy content from MAXIM, FHM, Stuff, IGN.com, Gamespot.com, Sports Illustrated plus some PSP formatted movie trailers.

  5. Bringing Porn Anywhere
    The Babe’o’matic Portable Gallery features non-nude photos of popular models and movie stars just for your PSP. For a more traditional source of PSP porn, check out “Playboy Station Portable” by playboy.com. For the lazy ones, check here for a direct download without the need for registration.

  6. Replacing your TV
    Forget your TV! Besides the Sony Connect site, you can now get PSP formatted videos from the following places:
    AtomFilms has a section with downloadable PSP movies, but some require a memory stick larger than the standard 32meg one. Lengths range from 7 to 16 minutes. Three of the titles currently available are, In God We Trust, Football, and Rockfish.
    Heavy made a decent library of hours of entertaining animation and live-action video shorts available for free download on the PSP.
    – Music network Fuse offers PSP owners downloadable content such as the countdown show “Daily Download” and music showcase “Steven’s Untitled Rock Show.”
    29PSP Video Guide offers a daily download of video media, including music videos and movie trailers.
    – GameSpot’s PSP Resource Center features gaming video reviews formatted for your PSP.

  7. Ghetto Music Boombox
    Turn it into an MP3 boombox and let everyone know you own the hottest toy in the neighborhood. Just add this PSP Stereo Amplifier. It might not be the loudest speakers around, but it’s portable and looks pretty mean.

  8. Playing Multiplayer Games via the Internet
    Can’t meet up with friends to play multiplayer PSP games with? How about playing games with other PSP owners via the Internet. XLink Kai is a global gaming network that brings together XBox, Playstation 2, Gamecube and PSP users, in one integrated community. It is software running on your PC, Macintosh or even your Linux router that allows you to play system-link enabled games online for free. Here’s a quick Mac to PSP Guide to setting it up. I finally had fun playing with real human players in Wipeout Pure!

  9. Surf the Internet
    The PSP comes with built-in 802.11b wifi capability that lets you to play games with other PSP users nearby. It also connects to the Internet though you can’t do much since there’s no built-in e-mail program or Web browser. However, the game “Wipeout Pure” contains a basic Web browser. It’s only there to access a single page containing game updates. Here’s a trick to surf the Internet (more or less… you need to be close to a Wi-Fi hotspot for this to work:

    1. On the PSP, go to Network Settings.
    2. Select Infrastructure mode. Create a new connection and give it a name.
    3. Enter the name, or SSID, of the Wi-Fi hotspot and the password if necessary.
    4. Select the Custom address setting. You can usually leave IP Address Setting to Automatic.
    5. For DNS Setting, select Manual. Enter the Primary DNS 67.171.70.72. This points to a computer set up by Jonathan Terleski, a student at Carnegie Mellon. It replaces the Sony page with a page that has links to Google, Yahoo and other useful sites.
    6. Set it not to use a proxy.
    7. Save the network settings. Make sure the Wi-Fi switch on the left side of the PSP is on.
    8. Fire up “Wipeout Pure.” Go to the Downloads section and select the connection you just created. That should take you online, unless traffic is overwhelming the portal page. If it doesn’t work immediately, try a few hours later. Not all pages will work in the browser, but hey: you have a PSP and you’re online.

  10. Scanning for WiFi networks
    Your Sony PSP can scan for wireless networks and provide you with a decent wireless report. From the PSP Home button, you can go into Network Settings, then select Infrastructure, make a New Connection, then go through the settings until you get to WLAN Settings. This is where you simply select Encryption None or WEP, depending on which kind of wireless you’d like to find, then hit Scan. You’ll get SSID, Encryption type, and Signal Strength. Pretty nifty stuff using your PSP as a portable WiFi scanner if you’re deciding if it’s worth taking your laptop out.

  11. Explosive PSP Grenade (Okay here’s a stupid trick!)
    The PSP battery lasts about 4-5hrs, but under constant gameplay, you’d get about 2.5hrs or so. The Pelican Power Brick let you extend your playtime at half the cost of buying a second PSP battery. However, you can make yourself an explosive PSP if you use this Pelican Power Brick in an inappropriate manner, just as what happened to this guy on his birthday.

Clearly there’s more PSP trick out there, including listening to podcasts and tracking videoblogs. I’d love it if you could add your ideas in the comments and I’ll include good ones as an update to this article.

91 thoughts on “Ten Cool Things to do with your Sony PSP

  1. There’s also a PSP shuriken trick I saw when it first came out in Japan. You can shoot the disc out by twisting the handset in a certain way.

    Also.. why is the lady licking the toy……….

  2. have you guys heard about porn4psp.com? ran across the site a few days ago on another blog. They provide a ton of high quality adult videos formatted for playing on your PSP. All you have to do is download and copy them to your PSP. I’ve already downloaded a few myself, haha.

  3. ur a real freak if you have enough time to put porn on ur psp. u might wanna think about getting a real girl friend. lol

  4. Hey wazap, Im surfin to find cool stuff to do wit my psp, eh dang i dont wana buy that wipeout pure because its a game im not really interested in. Plus i dont really have much of a hotspot when my wireless B keeps actin up.

    As far as porn, no need, i gotta girlfriend and many more opportunities that i can arrange. No need for ne vulgar action or obscene languages.

    I just want that GIGABITE, poeple keep asking me why i use something like that. Because it so happens that i have the hugest base for mp3s in the block.

    As for that picture of the girl and the psp. I like her style! *wink* Nice goin huney, *sings* u remind me of a girl… that i.. once new…

  5. KhaoZ from PSP O Mag, just dropping in to say thanks for putting us on the list 🙂 I really enjoyed this read. Good stuff.

  6. man alive, did not know so many things were around for psp. just googled and this came up and I’m going back to google now (which i might add, best site probably ever). I’m gonna keep stringing searches to find all things available!! Shank ya vurry much!!

  7. Howdy. Like your site, pretty nifty. You said above that atom films has downloadable videos like rockfish. Well I wanted to download Rockfish and show it to some peoples but I couldn’t find a link to where to download it or any other videos. A link to them would be nice and stuff. Oh yeah, PSP emulation is really taking off. They are making emulators for Super Nintendo, Nintendo, Sega, you name it. It’s constantly being updated so they will prolly have it perfected soon. Might be something to look into here in a couple of months if your in to that kinda thing. It’ll definately be one of the coolest things to do with your PSP. Lata

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  9. ahhhhh like iiit! lol.. juz to let u guys kno, the text in manga magazines are too small, even if u zoom it in, u can barely read it..

  10. Your all ace and so is this site my psp is awesome all i need now is for somone to figure out a way to have it surgically attached. yeh now stop reding and go and play it…..

  11. I just got a PsP. My dad is into getting upgrades and stuff for it but we dont know who to turn to.
    We are looking at getting the 2.0 upgrade but we dont know how to do it. We have dial up and wont be getting high speed for a while. Does Anyone have any suggestions or info to give me on how to upgrade correctly?

  12. Ewww… Dial up….Goto a hot spot. Best Buy, office depot and compusa have unencrypted wireless networks. Try coffee shops and stuff also. It’s gunna take you 10-20 minutes depending on the speed. But it will work. Also, If you want to do anything with homebrew or anything i’d wait and check around for what version its supports at the time of this reading. I got 2.5 now and homebrew wont work

  13. yo sup people ya how do i put like document on my psp if i dont have mac said i like to put a bible on my psp you know go to church wth my psp and then take that shit out so how do i do that

  14. i am on my psp now and i am playing gta in a min i want the psp keybord and check ebay they are selling four gig hard drives on there for it also get pspvideo9 to convert your movies to mp4. lloyd

  15. Hey guys, I am a professional Psper (lol) Well ne wayz, you can download games for free, weather they be gameboy games, nintendo games, gameboy advanced games, or even Nintendo DS and Psp games for free!!! This is how.

    1. make sure your psp is version 1.5. (you might hav to downgrade)
    2. download the appropriate emulator. (if you want a gba emulator look up gba emu for psp on google). Instal this on your psp using a ubs cable.
    3. download which ever ROMS you want onto the ROM file loacted in the emulator you just dowloaded. You can now play it on your psp!
    4. If you want a cool program which will SAVE YOU $100s OF DOLLARS do this. Look up a program called Psp game dumper. Install this on your psp as it instructs you to. Now, just rent or borrow your freinds UMDS and use the program. It will SAVE THAT UMD ONTO YOUR PSP FOR GOOD!!!

    I loveee it!!!!!

  16. Hey man, the dude that puts porn in the psp, yah,meveryones right, get a girlfriend, yuppp. Hey guys, I wantesd to tell u guys that there is also a sweet drum set download to your psp. And aslo check out the psp beta. Oh yah, that girl with the psp licking, thats not right………

  17. yo it lazy guy again ya one ? HOW THE HELL DO I DOWNGRADE MY PSP VERSION 2.5 To 2.0 Or 1.5 ANY ONE OUT THERE HELP ME

  18. A good programme to convert mp3s e.t.c. is itunes(apple) download at….www.apple.com/uk…

    I am getting a psp for christmas a can’t wait

  19. The PSP is cool. I Have firmware v2.0 and use homebrew using Fanjita’s Eboot Loader whick loads about 75% of all homebrew on it. That way i can have:
    GTA
    Homebrew
    Web Browser
    and all the other 2.0 stuff in one!

  20. Haha, rock, Anthony.

    I haven’t got my PSP yet (but Christmas is just around the corner…!) so I’m very pleased with all that has been provided about it.
    I’m not one for games (unless I could somehow get Super Mario Brothers on there? That’d be a dream come true.), but I’m excited about watching all the RENT downloads I can find.
    And if I can download LOST? I might as well die and go to heaven. 😉

  21. thanks for all the help its cool 🙂 is their any other cool stuff i could do if any 1 can help me plz email me fb767@hotmail.com and each time i try conect with the internet in shows me some kind of error i dont understand help please thanks ^_^ 🙂

  22. Reasons To Buy:
    -Portable MP3, Videos, Game player.
    -While grounded, hide in the closet and play.
    -Play while taking a dump.
    -Play instead of taking a math test.
    -Web browsing without people seeing were you’ve been
    -Tell yours friends why the Playstation Portable makes you
    cooler than them

    Reasons Not to Downgrade:
    -Downgrading may give you more abilities, but also less.
    -Avoid problems on your expensive equipment
    -Heres a video on what downgrading can do unless your
    POSITIVE you know what your doing
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4364426190495243229&q=PSP+Brick

    PS. Socom Addicts GREAT portably (make sure to get a sony mike). RathWolf US WEST 😉

  23. Oh and almost forgot.
    If your looking for your favorite TV Shows and a few Music videos on your PSP I found this great site. http://www.PSP-Maniacs.com
    (Go to the website on your computor, go to the forum section -creating an account is easy and free-, find your tv show or music video, some will ask for a password which the admins give you all over the forum) HAVE FUN 🙂 Happy New Years

  24. can some one help how to go online…or how to put a costum background and when i try to put pictures on the psp only 1 works no more does any now how to help me plz

  25. i need some help with my psp. I have saved and created a new connection to use internet. I have dsl in my home but when i go to use it it tells me that IP address has timed out and it doesnt let me in. If anybody can help me out please contsct me.

  26. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  27. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  28. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  29. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  30. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  31. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  32. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  33. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  34. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  35. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  36. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  37. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  38. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  39. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  40. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  41. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  42. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  43. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  44. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  45. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  46. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  47. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  48. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  49. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

  50. I just was gifted a new PSP.. Dam its powerful.
    I am checking out the boombox syncing.
    The screen is small but certainly sharper than my TV..

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