Games must be downloaded from the Play Station Store.The removal of the UMD drive effectively region-locks the unit because it must be linked to a single, region-locked Play Station Network account.
Play Station 1 games can be played in full screen using the AV/component cable, which can be extended by up to 32 GB with the use of a Memory Stick Micro (M2).
The serial port was modified to accommodate a new video-out feature, making it incompatible with older PSP remote controls.
On the PSP-2000, games only output to external monitors and televisions in progressive scan mode.
The Vita has backward compatibility with many PSP games that were released on the Play Station Network through the Play Station Store, which became the main method of purchasing PSP games after Sony shut down access to the Play Station Store from the PSP system on March 31, 2016.
Hardware shipments ended worldwide in 2014; the PSP sold 80 million units during its 10-year lifetime.Sony announced on February 3, 2005, that the PSP would go on sale in North America on March 24 in one configuration for an MSRP of US9/CA9.