Dave, I just got a new Sony PSP and really want to download some of my favorite pictures from my Mac onto the unit. Is that possible, and if so, what do I need to do on the PSP and Mac to get it to work?
It’s surprisingly easy to download pictures from you Mac to your new Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), actually!
The key is that you need a USB cable: I bought one as part of a connectivity kit for about $15 – but even Radio Shack would have the specific cable you’d need as it’s a standard “5 pin mini-B connector” USB cable (take your PSP in with you, though, so the salesperson can see the connector, which is on the top edge of the unit).
Once you have the cable, connect the cable to the PSP unit, connect the other end of the cable into your Macintosh (I hook mine up to an open USB port on my keyboard, actually, which works fine), then turn on the PSP.
Now, and here’s the most important step that people hiccup on, go to the PSP and press the HOME button (tiny half-moon on the lower left corner of the screen). Use your Left or Right arrow buttons to move along the options shown here and get to the Settings option. On the image shown below, Settings is the little toolbox:
Once you’re on the settings option, use the Up or Down button to find “USB Connection” (it’s between “Network Update” and “Video Settings”). Select it with the X button (the circular button on the right of the screen with the “O” inside it).
Now on the PSP you’ll just see “USB Mode”, not too exciting, but on your Macintosh, you’ll now see a new device appear on the desktop called Untitled. That’s your PSP!
Double click on it and you’ll see two files called “MEMSTICK.IND” and “MSTK_PRO.IND” (they’re your Memory Stick Duo) and two folders, “MP_ROOT” and “PSP”. Double click on the PSP folder and you’ll see:
Cool, eh? To add pictures, finally, or any images, simply drag and drop your JPEG format graphics (those are files with filename suffixes of “JPG” or “JPEG”, typically) into the PHOTO folder. As many as your Memory Stick Duo has space for.
When you’re done, eject the PSP from your Mac system by right-clicking on the “Untitled” device on your desktop and choosing Eject “Untitled”.
Go to the PSP itself now and again use the circle button to quit USB Mode, then the Right arrow to move from Settings to Photo. You’ll have a single entry there called “Memory Stick” (which will also tell you how much space is still free, if any).
Push the X button (round button on the right controller with an “X” in the middle) and you’ll see a list of your newly downloaded photographs, hopefully with tiny thumbnails. Scroll down to the picture of your choice and again push the X button and, voila! You should be viewing your photograph on your Sony PSP.
I hope that helps you decipher the workings of the PSP and how to use it with the Macintosh. I’ll be adding more step-by-step how to tutorials here about working with the Sony PSP for both Windows and Mac folk in the next few weeks, so do stay tuned!
(and if anyone has tips on how to get good PSP screenshots, I’d love to hear about it!)