PSP Slim TV out component cable review:
One of the reasons I decided to buy a Slim was for this new TV Out feature and after seeing the Japanese TV ads for it it seemed good and the borders not too bad. So anyway I finally got hold of a component cable for my PSP Slim yesterday. I had to order it in from overseas, as Its very hard to find one here in Spain . (If its even out here yet !!) I have yet to see one of them available, just the plain AV cable which you can only use for video and photos etc, Just not games. Which I think is a waste of time. I don’t know why people wouldn’t want to play games as well.
So I connected this to my TV, first I’ve noticed the cable length is not what i thought it was going to be..Its about 2.5 m or less. And that means it doesn’t reach from my TV to the couch!! That’s not good! upon selecting TV-out through the XMB I was happy to see a full screen menu. Not bad I though, looks great. However when loading up Metal Gear Solid Portable, it went from having small borders on the PSP boot slash image to the games massive borders! (See below)
Now I recall the Japanese advert showing smaller borders on the TV out from the PSP Slim, maybe false advertising is legal in Japan? Or that bravo TV was using a zoom function…. My guess is they were using the zoom function on the TV. So in 16:9 output and I’m seeing almost 40-45% of my TV’s screen is lovely black borders. I understood there would be borders, but I never believed it would be almost half the screen. If your lucky you TV can zoom in on the picture. But at the cost of being more pixelated . Thankfully I can zoom, but only vertically arghh…Damn so that’s no good either.
Once playing a while through the TV you begin to forget about the huge borders, of course there must be a reason for this Sony wouldn’t give us such border without reason surely?. CPU power is needed for up scaling and maybe the little unit just can’t do both without a loss in fps. Once you return to the PSP screen its looks so sharp and more detailed.
I’m left with that disappointed feeling from my TV-out PSP experience.
The Good: Having a portable movie player. Finally being able to play PSP games on your TV. Option to use it like a portable MAME box. Those arcade games look good on the TV.
The Bad points: Borders much larger than originally advertised 40-45% of the screen is a border. Cable length is too short.
Rating: 6.5/10 - Give us a slightly higher resolution and a longer cable please Sony. And a bigger screen, when you play games!