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PSP-3000 units plagued with scan lines

The biggest feature that the PSP-3000 or PSP Brite have over it’s older brother is the new screen.  It supports a wider gamut of colors and is supposed to get rid of the ghosting that plagued every PSP since it’s release.  The PSP Brite outdoes it’s supposed fatures but there seems to be a new problem creeping up: scanlines.

Here’s some shots for comparison.

PSP 2000 scanlinesPSP Brite scanlines

Even test units from Kotaku and PSP fanboy seem to be ridden with the problem.

Oh and the anti-glare feature doesn’t seem to work very well in sunlight and that was the feature that would sold me into buying a new unit.  =(

Hopefully, the fix for the issue is just a firmware update.  If it’s a hardware problem, it might be better to get the 2000 model instead.

Update: SCEA response to the scanlines

On some occasions, scan lines may appear on scenes where brightness changes drastically, due to the hardware features of the new LCD device on PSP-3000. Installed with this new LCD device, PSP-3000 offers more natural and vibrant colors on its screen, but the scan lines have come out to be more visible as a result of improving response time to alleviate the afterimages on PSP-3000. Since this is due to hardware specification, there are no plans for a system software update concerning this issue.

In layman’s terms, it’s simple case of a hardware issue so no software fixes in upcoming firmwares.  Bummer.  Still, I’d have to get my hands on a PSP-3000 unit for testing to see whether or not the scanlines is a real reason not to go for the PSP Brite.


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