Sony PSP needs no introduction as one of history’s most iconic handheld gaming systems, playing Gran Turismo on that 5-inch display could feel confining even back in the year 2004 heyday. Now in 2023, Japanese accessory maker Columbus Circle aims to unlock the PSP’s hidden big-screen talents via a new 7480 yen HDMI converter.
By piping that lovely 480 x 272 resolution through HDMI at upscaled 1080p, PSP owners can finally enjoy classics like Lumines, Crisis Core, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on the living room TV or a high-res computer display. Making the most of the beloved handheld’s potential nearly a decade after manufacturing ended, this gadget promises new life for the 82.5 million PSPs sold during its decade-long reign.
The skills behind this ingenious accessory? Columbus Circle apparently includes former Sony PSP hardware engineers amongst its ranks. This familiarity pays dividends via broad compatibility with the PSP-2000 and PSP-3000 models — though unfortunately not the original chunky 1000 due to its lack of video-out.
For PSP fans like ex-PlayStation CEO Shawn Layden still actively gaming on their collectible handhelds, hooking up to modern TVs while retaining authentic controls brings these classics vividly into the modern era. Short of risky mods, this HDMI converter provides the clearest legal way to experience that full-fidelity PS1-grade graphics and sound through modern A/V gear.
Consider the PSP as endtime console like the Sega Dreamcast, gone before its ahead-of-the-curve potential fully realized. Who wouldn’t crave reliving a landmark chapter of PlayStation history in its best possible form? 10 years later, Columbus Circle’s gadget finally builds that bridge.
Granted, 7480 yen feels steep when generic Chinese HDMI adapters sell for under $10 on eBay. But respecting the OG hardware plus added 1080p upscaling likely justify the premium for devoted fans. We’d love an eventual Western release.
For now, nostalgic PSP enthusiasts willing to import can spark that old magic on the big screen. Proof again that innovative hacking accessories can grant beloved vintage platforms unexpected new stages long after the lights supposedly faded.