Sales of the PSP aren't bad, and in Japan, it's been a sizeable success. So why is Sony's PSP being deemed a failure, and what actually went wrong?
i played all of the big games and my psp just sits there collecting dust well not really my lil bro still uses it to play old ps1 and game boy games i haven't gotten anything for the psp in a long time besides as long as they make money who cares what place you come in
With 30 mill + handhelds sold and counting? Sony did a great job if we consider its their first handheld. They prepared everything for the PSP 2
It's not a failure because this is Sony's first real attempt to get a dedicated machine into the handheld game market. It's profitable and is on pace to sell as much as the PS1. It doesn't have to beat the DS to be a success. Nintendo has been doing this since 1989 with the Gameboy and PSP is the only system to come into the handheld market and take a big share out of it.
PSP was FIRST Sony hanheld system, and it debuted pretty WELL. It`s just that DS was MORE casual friendly, that`s why it doing better. Moreover, 3rd party software sales both SUX on DS and PSP. Only games Published by Ninendo sells millions copies, well in 90% cases. MOST hardcore DS games doesn`t sell on DS. http://vgchartz.com/atotals...
a third of the market is hardly a bad thing. Especially up against nintendo who have dominate the handhold market up till the PSP. I personally prefer the PSP, what it needs is a hard drive now tho, like 30GB or something =) for PSP 2 tht is.
It would be foolish to call it a failure just because the DS is a more polished system that sold better. Nintendo has been doing handhelds since the late 80's. Sony did well for a first try. They just stuck to their console roots a tad too much. I think they'll do better next time. Maybe I'll consider buying the next one if they do well.
xbox supporter " xbox has done really well in eating the marketshare of Sony PS brand console" Well, from what i can see...PSP is actually the first gen of Sony handheld, and it obviously has cutting into nintendo handheld's market for a lot more than both xbox has done...and yet, i don't see people say how xbox lost the console war..lol See brain-washing works in many occasions.
The Xbox 360 was only 4,000 units ahead in the May NDP numbers! So, any talk of the PSP's demise is greatly exagerated!!
Well, there is only one handheld that allows me to play games like God of War, Killzone, Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII. So I am quite happy that the PSP exists. Could it use more games? Sure. Is it a failure? No, its target market is just smaller than the casual market that's all.
...How is this handheld a failure?
Of these silly articles . I will say .....i never play my PSP when at home . Why Would I . I have a 60 inch Screen and over 80 games. But for traveling it is a dream. Try it with a BOSE head set ....You will never go back to ear buds. It puts out a fantastic picture and is the next best thing to the Console experience. ..... Which reminds me , I must get a new PSP . Someone else liked mine so much they stole it.
If it doesn't outsell Nintendo completely by a sizeable amount, regardless of what it's capable of, and all of the pros it has over the DS, the media and "Analysts" will consider it a failure. Why? Because they're morons. If the PSP is a failure, then the Game Gear, Neo Geo, and any other Hand held that tried to take a chunk of Nintendo's domain in the handheld market was more than a failure. it was a steaming pile that came from Cerberus itself, upon which it was stepped on and spit at by Hitler, Stalin, Ivan the terrible and so on and so forth. Whats my point? When you have a handheld that is recognized by the masses, that is being purchased, and is outselling the competition in its homeland for the first half of the year and continue to do so, its not a failure. In fact it is a success. It's making a profit, it's being brought into homes. It appeals to more than just gamers. It has music capabilities that music junkies (like myself) really enjoy. It has media capabilities, and communcation possibilities that gear/tech heads eat up. Sure the DS is still the market leader. It has brand recognition in terms of handhelds. It has rehashed franchies like Mario and Zelda that fans will buy no matter how many times they've played it and on how many different platforms. It also however, has some really cool games and the dual screen was a good idea. Fact of the matter is, the PSP isn't a failure. It did what it needed to do, and what it's doing now, is a nice bonus for sony. /=Wall of Text=
There is no losing in a handheld fight if they sold over 10-20 million I say its a success.
How many PSP's? 30 million? Hardly a failure. Nothing that sells 30 million is a failure. 32X, Jaguar, 3DO are failures. Hell, that means every console except PS1 PS2 and Wii have been failures.
They competed against Nintendo in a market that company has owned for nearly 20 years.
I'm positive the YEAR LONG HEAD START Microsoft had with the 360 had NOTHING to do with that... The only difference is that Nintendo had a 20 YEAR head start on SONY in this case...
Yes it has held Microsoft back coming in to the console market, or did you not notice that the Playstation 2 sold over 125 million consoles where as the Xbox sold around 27 million? This is in addition to the fact that the PS2 continued to out perform and outsell the 360 and the PS3. If you are under the impression that everything has been peaches and cream from Microsoft, it hasn't, they've had to fight for every inch of ground they've gotten. If you'd like to draw a comparison: Last generation Microsoft entered the market to compete against Sony and Sony had the advantage of a hugely successful previous console to propel them forward. This is the exact same trend the hand held market is following except it was SONY who entered the market to compete against Nintendo and Nintendo had the advantage of a hugely hugely successful previous hand held to propel them forward.
Meh my PSP does what I want it to do. That is, everything in terms of media related to the playstation. On the bonus it can play some games. That, however, is not what I got it for.
The PSP was one of the hardest and hottest selling handheld gaming devices for the 07 holiday list and still is. I don't get why people keep saying its a failure. What next? How Sony lost the console gaming war?
I'm right there with you. It's crazy how all of a sudden these fly-by-night websites are surfacing and bashing the PSP.
When you get outsold badly by your competitor, your a failure. The PSP is in R.I.P. mode. Sony failed in the handheld market, and now they are failing in the console market. The PSP and PS3 have been huge failures for Sony, as both are stuck in last place. Maybe Sony should just stick with making TV's and failed formats.
And I LOL'd at your post. Too funny. You're a joke.
Blu-Ray is out-pacing DVD in its first years...how is that a failure? DD = 0. That is a failure my friend. Stop boasting on about how PS3 is failing and get a grip on reality. The system has just opened its doors (or will be with the release of firmware 2.4). I'll count the days down until you buy your own PS3 but can't post on N4G because you've lost all your bubbles due to your spammy nature and fanboy antics.
The PSP is a relative failure due to the insane success of the DS; the PSP as a first gen device entering into a market that has been dominated by Nintendo with no competition for over 15 years (since GameGear went bump) has in reality been very successful. In the future, i see the next gen of the PSP to be similar in hardware power to the existing one but in a more ergonomic form and to have much more of its software library tied to the PS3 and the remote play features; UMD is dead though for all intents and purposes and will be no more in 3 or so years.
I agree that it may be the direction the next PSP will take. However it will keep satisfying the same market (older teens and young adults) while the next DS will keep addressing the casual market. So it is expected that the next PSP will still sell less than the next DS, it's a smaller market. Within each market segment, they are both top sellers and they are both success.
Yup, another website stating my PSP is dead. Regardless of what these people think, I'm so thankful that Sony has the PSP for gamers like me. I want to play God of War, Crisis Core, Twisted Metal, and WipeOut. Not Nintendogs, Cooking Mama, Mario, or Brain Age.
They are lacking in games. Come on, God of war and final fantasy. 2 games for nearly half the year? And what's down the pipeline? Kingdom hearts..? Then what? I love my psp but Sony sure don't. Release some darn games already
but the software-piracy is going out of hand. Sony must do something in here. This is the only reason why third party devs dont bring games to PSP. I hope Sony can do something against that sh*t.
The PSP is doing just fine! and just getting better...I dont see how anyone could call it a failure.
But having two of them, I was under the impression that the PSP was a success. It's still selling great and has sold over 30 million. Some consoles never hit 30 million in their lifetime so I would say that the PSP if far from a failure.
but the gaming libary sucks for it. It is used for a lot of other things other then gaming and as we know software is what keeps the hardware alive. Gamers see it as a little gadget that can do many little things but it's suppose to be gaming first and I'm sorry the exclusive games for the PSP is lacking. A lot of rehashes, remakes, spin-offs. It becomes an extension of the PS2 while the Wii is more than that with it's stylist capabilities. Just make games people want for it and it will be fine. It has the Edge in hardware but that's about it. Looking at the NDS and it's mother, the Wii and why it has been successful, it's not all about hardware specs.
I'm looking at the release schedule for the year and not seeing much. For me personally, just having Metal Gear, GTA:LCS and VCS, Twisted Metal, Patapon, Lumines and GoW made it worth owning. Sadly, the only thing I'm looking forward to this year is Samurai Shodown Anthology. If it doesn't get cancelled.
i guess we all have piracy to blame.it all dark alexs fault psp failed. every firmware gets cracked within 24 hours.
I (the hardcore gamer) have a PSP, my 2 kids and wife each have a DS (the non hardcore gamers). That's the difference, the DS appeals more to casuals and kids and the PSP appeals more to the hardcore crowd. That's 3-1 which is why the DS has more sales. Same difference between the Wii and PS360
Lets be honest with eachother here and say the handheld is great, however most of the games are not. This handheld entered the market with a price of $250 anyone in there right mind would not pay that for a handheld system. The games sucked and didn't get good till a few years later much like I see the PS3 doing. If you notice the UMD movies are not selling because they wanted to charge the consumers 15 to 25 dollars a movie that can only be watched on this handheld. PS3 has Blu-Ray another soon to be failure just watch you will see. Sony has too many things going on within its company just way too many devices on the market and poor advertising/pricing. With the cost of everything on the market today and gas prices I only see things getting worse for this company if they don't start fixing the matters.
They were busy promoting PS3 in 2006, so they let the PSP hang in there on auto-pilot, not making many games for it and not negotiating with 3rd parties to do the same, so the games that came out were not stellar. That, the fact that it has one analogue nub and only two triggers (how could sony do such a stupid mistake), and that it used to cost twice of a DS on software and hardware, well, they did nothing. I mean they simply let Nintendo take the portable market pie, and while now they are reverting the trends, it is too late. The DS released some innovative non-games and it succeeded in the phase of Sony not giving a sh1t about the PSP. Well, at least fanboys and Sony alike can think that at least Sony did not make much effort, instead of tons of futile attempts like Microsoft with Xbox 360 on every front especially in Japan, where it is failing despite 3 year warranty, cheapest console, most "new" JRPGs, a year headstart, tons of marketing budget, porn games, and so on.
Its all in the timing and Nintendo had it right in 2004. Sony, at the time, made their handheld with the presumption that their opponent would be either the GBA or its successor, however Nintendo had other plans. It decided to surprise everybody at the next E3(as well as Sony) not to mention a better price point and date set. To put it simply, Sony didn't see this coming. You can't blame them into assumbing the Game boy would reign again after about 20 years. Of course, Nintendo knew better. They knew it wouldn't stand a chance, which is why the Nintendo DS is the true successor.
Article considering it doesn't know what its talking about PSP sold 35 million so yeah this article megaton fails!.
The article an another fine example of why Internet journalism should be viewed with skepticism. If you'd have asked any analyst if any could come into a market owned by Nintendo and sell 30 million + machines, nobody would have believed it were possible. Where Sony did fail, was the area of security. Piracy is more rampant on the PSP than any other machine. WHY? Cause its easy and doesn't require extra hardware. Developers aren't stupid - they see the sales of the games they are making compared to the install base and know why it is. Anyone can search the web and find out just how much pirating of these titles goes on. This is one area where piracy is definitely at a level that harms the life of the machine. You can guarantee that when the next machine arrives, it will be very secure. You can tell the lesson was learnt from the situation with the PS3 - the only current gen console which you can't pirate games on.
well even tough i agree that selling all those millions in their 1st attempt is not bad at all, the point is that its competitor(DS) has sold way more than the PSP, so technically, its losing, and we know its gonna stay that way because the DS is a damm money printer,lol also, why is it that people say now with the psp that its not a failure because it was the 1st attempt, but they dont do it with the xbox? it also sold like 30mill right? and we can also be sure that the minute the PS3 outsells the 360 even if it is by 1 console, almost all of you are gonna say that the 360 lost... PS: by the way i dont even own a 360, im a PSWii/DS owner, so im no "xbot"
But it's hard to find good titles simply because there's so many crap ones available; it's the same problem as the Wii. But the pirating issue definitely needs to be fixed with PSP 2, which will probably be solved by using mini Blu-ray discs and a Cell processor.
Everyone and their grandmother has DS, now they want a PSP. The PSP is the greatest handheld ever! Especially when rolling with m33 custom firmware. Back to playing Suikoden II... on my PSP. ;-)
Ngage, Wonder Swan, Neo Geo Pocket, R-Zone, Game.com, Sega Nomad, Atari Lynx, Turbo Express. These were failed handheld consoles. Sony PSP was a success by a wide margin in comparison to these.
try not to confuse anyone with facts, lol :)
.. they always have. Sony had a hard time from the start... they have, however done the best job so far of supplying Nintendo with decent competition.
and all the Money they made seems to differ that they lost.....
I do agree that the DS is doing better than the PSP, and I do think that Nintendo is doing better than Sony handheldwise, but I wouldn't say that the PSP is a failure... There are times when I wish I had a PSP. :/
Experience. Nintendo has been in the Handheld gaming biz for almost 30 years. Sony can't expect to just waltz right in and take over half of the Gameboy fanbase that Nintendo has gathered over the years, can they? And even though PSP has GTA, Gran Turismo (not yet) and God of War, they'll still need more time to build a fanbase like Nintendo has. But the PSP is by no means a failure :)
IMO Monster Hunter Freedom 2 > All DS games
The psp is a failure in terms of a game machine, and it really didn't have anything that you couldn't get for ps2 that was way better. Also every system that tried this only died, because no body wants or needs two hand held systems...one is more than enough.
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