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Sony PSP 2000 (slim PSP)Sony gives the PSP a makeover: the new model is slimmer and lighter, with faster load times and a new video output function.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:09 >> I'm John Falcone, senior editor from CNET.com and this is the new Sony PSP. Sony calls this the PSP2000. Of course it's more widely known as the slim PSP, because it is 19% thinner and is also 33% lighter. And you can't see that on the video, but when you pick it up in your hand you really can feel the difference versus the original PSP model. There are a few other cosmetic changes as well. It's just got a sleeker look about, a little more rounded off on the edges. The speakers have changed location, some of the switches have moved around and the UMB slot has a little bit of a different configuration. But for the most part it's really pretty much identical to the previous model. In terms of features, there are a couple extra niceties that PSP gamers will appreciate. The games, the UMB games actually load a bit faster. You can turn on a cache mode that increases the speed. This new PSP also has a video out function. And you can essentially hook PSP up to any TV and play back your videos and your games on a big screen TV. It works pretty well, although the videos can go full screen where the games are limited to their native 480 by 272 resolution. So if your TV doesn't have a good zoom function, you're kind of caught in a window box situation with the game in the middle of the screen. All in all, if you already have a PSP, this certainly is not a must have upgrade unless you really need one of those new functions, like the video out or the faster loading time. That being said, if you haven't gotten a PSP yet, this model is the same price as the last one and a lot more attractive than its predecessor. I'm John Falcone for CNET and this is the slim Sony PSP. ^M00:02:08 [ Music ]