Here is a unique PSP plus GPS receiver from the electronics giant, Sony, that has been around for some time now. The introduction of this gadget in 2006 saw the Sony PSP gaming platform incorporate the GPS functionality in itself. Though it has been years since its introduction into the market, it still remains pretty popular with the masses.
In this post, we bring you a detailed video review of the Sony PSP-290 GPS Receiver.
The Sony PSP-290 GPS makes use of the global positioning system in its original PSP device. While the PSP feature activates only the gaming feature of the device, the GPS accesses only its own particular software.
The software which uses GPS technology includes Portable Homestar (SEGA), Metal Gear Solid Portable OPS, MAPLUS, Minno no Mp 2, MapThis! and Hot Shots Golf 2.
The GPS device loads any map from among its many preloaded maps. In case you desire to get additional maps, you can either purchase the same or download it to a memory stick.
The GPS works well with both the new and later versions of PSP. Hence, your Sony PSP, while helping you while your time with nice games, can also give you directions and connect to Skype as well.
The PSP-290 comes with a large screen, which helps immensely with screen navigation.
One problem with the Sony PSP-290 GPS is that though it is available in many countries right now, including the US, it is mainly targeted toward the Japanese market. So you might want to test it out in your region before actually purchasing it.
The PSP-290 GPS is surprisingly tiny to hold. You can attach it to the USB port on top of the PSP and screw it in place. The antenna placing is flexible and can be adjusted to the best possible position.
Using the MapThis! app, you can track locations within a range of 30 seconds to about 2 minutes or so. Location and placing depends on the positioning of the satellite, your own location and so on.
You should note here that the GPS feature is not quite top of the line and may not work equally well everywhere. But it is also true that this device, being both a PSP and GPS, cannot really come up to the standards of something made exclusively for navigation, like, for example, Garmin.
This product is available at a very reasonable $59.99.
Overall, the Sony PSP-290 GPS receiver is not at all that bad, though it could do better with good technical support.
The PSP factor, of course, is really good and gives you value for money. But otherwise, this nice-looking electronic device does have its own disadvantages. These are as follows:
- The GPS feature works dependably well only in Japan.
- The GPS receiver may not work as well in the other countries of the world.
- MapThis! is the only app for non-Japanese users.
- When attached to the PSP, it will not fit into the PlayGear Pocket or any other hardcases.
Scroll down for a video of the Sony PSP-290 GPS Receiver.