Unbelievably, it has been nearly 7 years since I bought my PSP. Like my basketball shoes, I bought this PSP when I visited Hong Kong back in 2007, and as with the shoes I didn’t have room to bring the box back. At that time, the PSP had already been out for 2 years and I wasn’t planning to spend my hard-earned money on a system that didn’t have too many games (good ones, anyway). I usually prefer to spend only my own money, but for some reason that year I allowed myself to use my mom’s HK credit card that she’s always trying to get me to use. I’ll admit, it’s easier in some ways (a guilty pleasure?) when you’re spending someone else’s money. It’s also nice to think that my mother bought me a PSP, like how she used to buy me Sega games when I was a kid.
Because I bought this PSP in a local video games mall (as opposed to a licensed retailer), it is a European version complete with European manual and power adapter. That’s the thing with buying electronics in Hong Kong; you can get models from all over the world, or you can get the local one. The former is usually cheaper, but the latter usually has a better warranty.
Over the years, my PSP has accompanied me on various travels, and even more simply, just around town. When we were kids, we would imagine taking our Sega games on the road with us, but it never seemed like it would ever be a reality. With the homebrew/emulation scene being quite active for the PSP, I was able to realize that dream, playing Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo games on the road. Nowadays, you can get emulators on smartphones, but for me it was the PSP that was first to that party.
As you can see in the last photo (taken just before writing this post), my PSP has held up pretty well over the years. I hope you enjoy this PSP museum post.