After Hours

Cracking Open the Sony PlayStation Portable

Sony Playstation Portable

Today we get to crack open the popular handheld, Sony PlayStation Portable. This was actually the first time I'd had my hands on one of these things and it seems like a very handy device.

It has built-in wireless support so you can browse the web in between games. You've probably noticed that many movies are released in a PSP format as well as DVD. The screen on this thing is beautiful.

But enough about how great it is. Lets see if we can break it.

19 comments
saundra.bailey
saundra.bailey

The disassembling was somewhat involved but at least we can see the inside of this game.

haroonyousuf78
haroonyousuf78

These informations are usefull for the peoples whom are insterested in hardware troubleshooting of PSP. But I was thinking that you will talk about any software cracking regarding PSP. Whatever, Nice work.

wjunwei
wjunwei

cool. i had been waiting for the cracking of this device. i forward to many other electronic devices.

chayan_bapi
chayan_bapi

hi I bought a broken psp with the joystick defective. Thanks for the tutorial, will be useful when I open it up. CRay

lycatcher
lycatcher

Thanks you for the pics on how the psp comes apart. I can now change my psp screen. :-)

rodcliffewint
rodcliffewint

can i have that please i cant afford to buy one.

ptinfo
ptinfo

How come you took so long taking this thing apart, there was loads of websites out there who got into the PSP just after it launched...

gespert
gespert

Was you able to discover which is the technology inside this interesting portable player. Does it use Intel, AMD or Sony's microchips?????

comfortably_numb_
comfortably_numb_

It uses a MIPS R4000 cpu that is capable of 333MHz but Sony locks it to 222MHz for PSP games (which will soon change to accomodate more intense games -- hacked firmware users are able to change the cpu speed anytime they want). This is the same architecture the N64 used (albeit much faster) and is an upgrade to the MIPS R3000 the PS2 used.

ventzi.s
ventzi.s

I found out the hard way that those ribbon cables for the screen DO come off, very easily, if you know how I didnt work it out, until i had broken the plastic holding the ribbon cables on.....oops.....new screen AND new motherboard needed....

IrishMike
IrishMike

Purely because you now what Sony are like witht hings like this! though at leas we know it is very well built! I mean if techRepublic can't crack the thing open completely then it prob won;t crack apart when you knock it around a bit...Though i'm still not gonna risk it with my one just yet!

ptinfo
ptinfo

This is a waste of time - no insight for the reader, just taking of screws and glue. Big deal. Reader learns nothing.

partymike
partymike

I agree, not technnical specs or hardware info..would have learn't more by a simple google search!

hughk
hughk

I can't wait until you crack open a techie!

javalexlan
javalexlan

It's sad that you just subscribe and post a negative comment right away when this is not the first article on this series of "cracking open". Thanks to all the guys of TechRepublic for took his time in these projects and share them with all of us (in this and other forums). Congrats Anthony, now I won't have to open my PSP!!

smurray
smurray

The laser had popped in mine, this gave me an idea of what I'll encounter when I rip it down and swap the laser out. Thanks for the insight!

meryllogue
meryllogue

That is not true. YOU might not have gotten anything from it, but I did. Thank you for this. I have always wondered about these things. I have NEVER seen one, much less held one. So now I have a much better idea of what they are and what they look like. (I've never seen any game console... isn't that pathetic!)

anthony
anthony

Thanks for your input.