The PSP-3000 may not seem like it’s worth upgrading from the PSP-2000 save for a few cosmetic changes, but it’s the firmware that makes all the difference says Eurogamer. In other words, if you just picked up a PSP there’s no need to have buyer’s remorse. However, the new screen is much “richer, warmer and deeper than the PSP-2000.” The third brightness setting is brighter than the current gen’s fourth brightness level, says Eurogamer. Does the PSP-3000 screen fare better in glaring light than the PSP-2000? You’ll have to wait and see since EG wasn’t able to get a day of sunlight in dreary England. At least there’s where I think the reviewer lives.
The d-pad and other buttons are more pronounced and feel much firmer according to Tom Bramwell. The built-in mic performed well during Skype calls so you can ditch the headset if you’re upgrading. The AC adapter is less brick-like and comes with a one-piece unit. Battery life remains the same at 5.5 hours as the current gen when playing games, but it could suffer while watching UMD videos.
Regarding firmware v4.2, a “USB Auto-Connect” option will automagically revert the handheld into USB mode when plugged in but not during gameplay and it won’t charge during gameplay either. It will charge when in USB mode like the current gen does.