Sony’s PSP has been officially retired. While the PSP-3000 is still in production and the E1000 is around for a while, although with a mono speaker and no wifi capabilities (probably not for long), the PSP phat and PSP Slim are no longer with us. In stores, anyway. However, if you are not one to throw away your old gaming systems, there’s really no need to. People spend hours refurbishing Atari consoles, original Xbox consoles… you name it. So why not your old PSP? No one who has owned one can claim they didn’t give them some sort of joy. And if you come across a busted up one online or on Craigslist or under a box of garbage in a buddy’s closet, this tutorial could provide you with some future enjoyment.
When I bought my Xbox 360, I sort of stopped using my Phat. I gave it to my son, and in a short six months he took it from a flawless working machine to a scuffed paperweight. The faceplate is scratched beyond belief, some of the buttons have stopped working, and the LCD is no longer showing a picture: just a backlight. There are also several screws missing because (like me) he likes to tinker, and he got into my precision screwdriver set.
So, with very little research, I found a new LCD for under $20 on Amazon with free Prime shipping. If you don’t have a Prime account on there, I highly recommend it. There is nothing better than free 2-day FedEx shipping. I also located a complete screw set for the PSP, a new faceplate, and a rubber contact button pad set. So I got everything I needed for a grand total of $32.97, with free 2-day shipping. You can get the same prices on eBay as well, but the caveat is that you’ll be waiting a few weeks for the goods to come from some city in China with twelve syllables in its name. And shipping won’t be free.