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Japanese PSP

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:19 am
by Bridget

I have just brought a Japan version of the PSP by mistake for my son
for Christmas, I have just got it out of the box to find it has no
english instructions and the adaptor is different. Do you think my
son will have any problems with the PSP I have got or do you think I
should try and get a UK one. It has cost alot of money just to throw
it away.

My concern is that the games in the UK will play on my Japan PSP.

Thank you for your thoughts.

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:20 am
by david
Hello Bridget,

I have enjoyed my Japanese PSP since May this year and have not had any issues.

I didn't even look at the manual because the PSP has a very good and intuitive design. If you have any questions it is easy to get them answered in online forums.

The Japanese PSP supports English as system language and this is the most important fact. Even majority of Japanese games are in English.

Sony has always stated that games will NOT be region encoded. This means you should be able to play games from any country on any system. I have tested games purchased in UK, USA and Japan and they all worked. There is no guarantee however that Sony will not change their mind about this.

I have not tested any UMD movies but Japan is the same movie (DVD) region as UK (region 2) so my guess is that you can play both UK and Jap movies. I would not recommend UMD movies because they are VERY expensive and it is relatively easy to convert any video (DVD, TV, etc) to a Memory Stick for free.

My wife was sold a Japanese PSP in a high street shop in New York but I did not mind, I was actually happier with a second Japanese PSP.

The adapter supports 100-250V, 50/60Hz which means all over the world. You can purchase a short cable with UK plug on it that can be used with the adapter.

As an extra bonus it is rumoured that the Japanese PSP (1000K) is manufactured in Japan instead of China and is of higher quality. The screen is supposedly provided by a different manufacturer than the screen for US and UK models.

good luck,

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:33 pm
by Guest
Thank you very much for the reply. I have taken the PSP into a Computer Shop today and they said exactly the same as yourself. I am just so pleased. They charged it up using the PS2 which we have a PS2 at home so it is OK. But they showed me the cable as well which I can buy.

He said it is very good quality, better then the UK ones, so I am extremely happy. All I need now is a better memory stick.

Thank you for your prompt response and reassurance.


Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:14 pm
by rjw8652

Can we download games for the Japanese PSP from the internet?

I am buying one of these Jap gizmos today (I work in Akihabara) but don't like the cost of the games, hence the interest in download.



Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:57 am
by david
There are torrents "out there" with PSP games so yes it is possible. But the downloaded games will only work on modified (hacked) PSPs so you will void your warranty.

While the PSP games are expensive I find them very long lasting and I only buy one at a time. I think this together with the material you get with a game (booklet, the actual UMD) makes it well worth it!

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:38 pm
by rjw8652

When you buy the Jap PSP games, does the text come up in English or Jap? Obviously, Japanese is not use to me.



Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:45 pm
by david
I have 2 JAP games only. Lumines is 99% in English and Ridge Racer is 100% in English.

Back in May there were only JAP games out but now with US and UK games out there is little reason to by JAP games... I think.

The JAP game market has some cool RPG titles that will never get translated... shame.

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:28 pm
by cyberarx
rjw8652 wrote:David,

Can we download games for the Japanese PSP from the internet?

I am buying one of these Jap gizmos today (I work in Akihabara) but don't like the cost of the games, hence the interest in download.


how much is a psp selling now in akihabara? And any idea what is the firmware version? thanks!

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:10 pm
by david
The "Value" package (32MB card) costs 24,700 yen. The other package (with
1GB card) costs 30,000 yen. The second option is a good deal as you get a
speaker dock and some other goodies (check online for the full list).

Don't yet know the firmware version, as it's a Christmas pressy so I haven't
had it out of the box.
Funny, that is exactly the same price I got mine for back in March. I would have thought that the price should have dropped.

Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:14 pm
by rjw8652

Prices for hot line items like this are ringed in Japan and very rarely show any downward movement until a replacement model comes out. I expect the PSP will be the same until the new version comes out (sometime next year?)



Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:36 am
by rjw8652

Update on the firmware version on the PSP I just bought in Akihabara - it is version 2.50.



Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 5:47 pm
by splitt
hey i got a few questions about the jap psp . Will it still pick up internet connections in canada and us and will we be able to play online with people in canada and us. And also if i buy a game in the us will the text and speaking be in english? thanks.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:34 pm
by david
Yes, it will pick up WiFi connections in Canada/US.

I have not used any online gaming so cannot answer that.