Sony’s handhelds like the PSP may have never reached the levels of popularity the Nintendo Switch has, but for many fans of the PlayStation brand, the PSP is a collector’s item these days. It had a good 10-year run, releasing in 2004 and keeping support until 2014. Grid Studio takes that idea and amplifies it by deconstructing a PSP and framing it. Making for the ultimate collector’s piece for any game room setup.
The PSP wall art from Grid Studio comes in two different flavors. The PSP 1000 and the PSP 2000. So you can get whichever model suits you best. Or you can pick up both if you were really attached to this handheld and want to show off your love for it. Grid Studio actually does this kind of wall art for more than just Sony’s handhelds. In fact you’ll find a number of gaming portables deconstructed and framed the same way. Including the GameBoy Pocket, the GameBoy Advance, the GameBoy Color, and the Nintendo DS Lite.
The company does more than just portable gaming consoles too. You’ll find a range of different products including smartwatches, smartphones like the Pixel, media players and more.
Grid Studio immortalizes the PSP
The PSP was Sony’s first foray into the handheld market. Bringing PS2-quality graphics to a machine you could essentially fit in your pocket. At the time, this was more than enough to solidify the PSP as a portable console to be remembered.
But the way Grid Studio has everything laid out immortalizes it in a way that shows appreciation for the device that would be hard to convey otherwise. There’s just something about being able to see all the major components that make up this wonderful machine that really plays to your nostalgia if you’re into gaming. Especially if the PlayStation brand is a passion.
The whole frame comes wrapped up like a gift, complete with a swanky wax seal stamped with the Grid Studio logo. This makes for a neat unboxing experience. Upon opening the frame, you can see all the small parts that Sony used to build the PSP. Save for the wires. Here’s a complete list of everything you’ll see in the frame.
- The plastic outer body
- The Left and Right trigger buttons
- The joystick
- The main board
- The optical drive
- The gear for the UMD discs
- The button board
- The charger connector
- The card slot
- The headphone socket
- The circuit board
- The battery cover
- The speakers
Once you unbox it, you’ll need to peel off the plastic film that’s protecting the glass. And I would personally take things a step further and remove the actual art from the frame and give it a good burst or two with some canned air. While everything looks fairly clean, there was some small particles on the inside that were likely left over from when it was put together.
After that, you can put it back in the frame and give the glass a quick wipe with some cleaner and it’s basically ready for placement.
Mount it or simply place it on a shelf
Thanks to the size and weight, you have a few different options for setting this up. For example, you could place it on a shelf like I have. If you have a shelf to put it on and that shelf has some space. But you can also wall mount it if you like, and Grid even gives you a couple of drywall pins in the box.
You could also use your own nails or screws if you’re worried about it falling and you think that might be safer. Worth noting though is that the entire thing weighs only 38oz. About 2.381 Lbs. So it’s light enough to hang with the included mounting hardware. You could even use heavy duty command strips that are designed to hold more weight.
Show off your love for the PSP
Overall, if you’re a gaming enthusiast and you grew up around the PlayStation brand and the PSP era, this is a nice showpiece. Even if you didn’t grow up with this console and simply enjoyed it later in its lifecycle, it’s a nice showpiece.
Having said that, be prepared to spend a little money. Because Grid Studio’s framed wall art doesn’t come cheap. The PSP 1000 model will run you $199, though it’s currently on sale for $169. The PSP 2000 model normally retails for the same price, but its also on sale right now for $179. These two are also the least expensive framed art pieces out of all the consoles that Grid Studio offers.
If you like what you see, you can get one for yourself at Grid Studio’s website. Though you may want to act fast as the Nintendo DS Lite is already out of stock. And there’s no telling how long stock will last for the others.