If youâ€™re a regular reader of TrustedReviews you may already know about the fate that my PlayStation Portable console suffered recently. While I was busy playing, I mean reviewing OutRun 2006, the analogue stick on my PSP just snapped clean off. Needless to say I wasnâ€™t best pleased, especially considering that I imported my PSP from the Far East and it was out of warranty anyway.
So, with no chance of getting a replacement or a repair from Sony, I decided to see if I could get a replacement part myself. Unfortunately, the majority of websites that I found were happy to repair broken units, but didnâ€™t sell the parts to facilitate a customer repair, and given that most of these â€œrepair servicesâ€ cost in excess of Â£40, I wasnâ€™t really willing to go down that route.
My old PSP analogue stick - at least what was left of it.
Then I discovered www.psptree.co.uk, an online store that seemed to sell pretty much every possible spare part for the PSP, including the analogue stick that I needed. In fact, as I started to wander through the pages of PSP Tree I realised that you could, in essence build an entire console from scratch â€“ assuming that you were happy to pay more for all the parts than a new unit would cost you. With a price of Â£20 for the analogue stick, I was set to make a serious saving over sending the console away to be repaired. That said, even PSP Treeâ€™s repair service was cheaper than Iâ€™d seen elsewhere â€“ the company would have charged me Â£35 including the new stick for a full repair.
Since I was going to have to crack my PSP open to repair it I figured I may as well have some fun too. I also asked PSP Tree to send me a replacement face plate and buttons, so I could customise the look as well as repair my unit. So, with a blue face plate and buttons at my disposal along with the replacement joystick, I set about ripping my PSP to pieces. One thing that I did notice when I unpacked the bits from PSP Tree is that the faceplate includes a screen protector â€“ so all those PSP owners, including myself, that have been worried about scratching their screens should relax, you can always just buy a new face plate for Â£14.99.
PSP Tree sent me everything I needed to fix my PSP and some bits to jazz it up a little too.
A replacement analogue stick.
A new clear blue fascia.
And finally, some blue buttons to match the new fascia.