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Press Release: January 31, 2006

PSP Hacks: More Than Just Games

Sebastopol, CA--This isn't your Dad's Atari or Game Boy system, that's for sure. The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is the ultra slick, portable version of the most popular console gaming system in the world, and it isn't just any ordinary handheld gaming device. Beyond its killer graphics and spectacular widescreen LCD for unparalleled game play, the PSP also sports wireless connectivity and a variety of multimedia features, including video, music, and digital photography. Your wildly versatile, endlessly powerful PSP practically begs you to hack and repurpose it to your liking.

To save you the trouble and show you how to make the PSP do more than you ever imagined--and more than Sony ever intended--PSP Hacks (Sample, O'Reilly, US $29.99) is one succinct volume of 50 of the coolest, most useful, up-to-the-minute hacks for this amazing device. With PSP Hacks, you can accomplish a whole lot more than good gaming on the PSP. You'll also learn how to:

  • Open your PSP's hardware and find out what to safely plug into it
  • Customize the look of your PSP--from background color, LED color, to a custom case
  • Convert your movie and music collection to look and sound great on the PSP
  • Find ways to extend its wireless capabilities
  • Surf the Web
  • Chat in IRC
  • Read web comics, ebooks, and RSS feeds.
  • Fool iTunes into thinking the PSP is an iPod Shuffle
  • Watch UMD movies
  • Sync an address book to your PSP
  • Write your own applications using JavaScript, Lua, and more
  • "Whether you're trying to dig into the guts of the PSP or simply attempting to play a video on it, this is the ultimate PSP resource," states Chris Carle, Entertainment Editorial Manager for

    The innovative hacks, tweaks, and how-tos in this essential guide make it easy to customize your PSP, and take full advantage of features, capabilities, and functionality far beyond what's listed in the PSP user manual. Turn your PSP into an all-in-one portable entertainment unit with PSP Hacks.

    Additional Resources:

    PSP Hacks
    C.K. Sample, III
    ISBN: 0-596-10143-0, 319 pages, $29.99 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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