The beginners guide to a Play Station Portable (PSP) includes an initial section that contains multiple settings which includes a USB connection, video, system, date and time, power save, sound, security, and network settings. The next section outlines a photo section, and finally video and game information. First, when the system is purchased one will want inventory the contents, which includes a cleaning cloth, instruction book, and the actual PSP gaming system. Second, be certain all power cords are included in the PSP box, specifically the battery charger, music controller, and earplugs. A demo disc is included which has music videos one may play through to ensure the PSP is operating effectively. There are no actual games to play on the demo disc, but one can view a few game previews. Note the PSP is not used just for gaming; it works well to view DVD movies as well.

Upon firing up the PSP, one will come to a startup screen. The main screen allows the user to scroll left, right, up, and down. Scrolling left and right allows the user to change categories, while scrolling up and down allows one to pull up offerings under each category. The first option is for the settings. Highlighting the USB connection permits the user to add or delete items from the memory stick. Next option is the video settings, which one will highlight to set the language one prefers. Volume can be set at this point by clicking on the UMD video volume. This will increase the normal volume, so one does not have to adjust throughout a game or movie.

The system settings are next, and it includes actually naming your PSP which kids will rush to complete. Once the system settings are accessed, the battery information can be monitored which includes the charge level percentage, and approximates how many hours one has left before a recharge will be needed. The date and time option is next, the date is self-explanatory, yet for the time one has the option to set using the standard 12 hour clock or to utilize the 24 hour clock. Time zone and Daylight Savings time is entered at this point followed by the power save settings. This setting is useful since it will keep one from draining their PSP battery. The backlight auto off will make the screen a bit duller if one does not use the PSP in a five minute span. Auto sleep can be set so that the PSP will turn off altogether, if inactive for a ten minute span.

Finally, there are security settings that one can set a password to keep unauthorized individuals from utilizing your PSP. In addition, one can activate the parental control option to ensure their child is not playing mature or violent games that are not applicable to their age group. The game option to the far right allows one to game share, so two gamers can play off of the same UMD, which is where you go to play your game.