The PSP-3000 was released on in North America, in Europe on , and in Australia on October 23, 2008 for AU$299.95. The core was to be the only way to get a black version. Due to the success of the bundle, Sony has dropped the core and the Piano Black bundle was released in December 2008. The silver bundle includes a coupon to download Echochrome, while the black bundle instead includes a coupon to download Everyday Shooter.On October 27, 2008, John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing for SCEA, announced on the PlayStation Blog that the Ratchet & Clank PSP bundle will be available with a Piano Black PSP-3000 starting December and that the previously announced 4GB Memory PSP Entertainment Pack was canceled. In Japan, the value pack does, in fact, have 4GB Memory Stick, though this version does not come with a movie or a game. The new Piano Black bundle includes the same game and UMD movie as the already released Mystic Silver bundle along with a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo.

In Europe the console was released in eight different bundles.

The PSP-3000 was released on in Japan. In its first four days on sale, the PSP-3000 sold 141,270 units in Japan, according to Famitsu. In October 2008, the PSP-3000 sold 267,000 units in Japan, according to Enterbrain. Two bundles will also be released for the holiday season: Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam: on November 20 and Patapon 2 Donchaka: on November 27.

In New Zealand, it was released on

The Mystic Silver and Ice White models have a new smooth finish, while the Piano Black model still has a glossy finish. On July 3rd 2009 a new Vibrant Blue colour for the PSP was released. In addition, a limited edition bundle introducing a new unique colour "Lilac" (purple) to the PSP lineup will be released on August 4th 2009 in North America.