"The demise of the console is certainly a shame as I would argue it never really reached its full potential."
I think the system has been maxed out. It's been around a while and has sold over 70+ million systems. The system has some of the best handheld games around and has done well. I think what Sony wanted to do with it, they just saved for Vita.
+1. It reached most of its potential for me personally. I had a blast with the Syphon Filter Series, MGS, GTA series, GOW series, LBP, and off beat stuff like Chili Con Carnage, Patapon, and Loco Roco. Not to mention the nonstop JRPGs. Really got a lot of mileage out of the multimedia features on business trips and stuff as well. the PSP was a great product for the time and more of the same from the Vita would leave me as a happy camper. Can't speak for the other 70 million plus PSP owners, obviously! :) LOL.
the media have been trying to kill the PSP for years now. still going and no sign of stopping just yet.
Yeah, it is still selling strong in Japan and mainland Europe. It never really took off in the USA and UK though which is probably why so many in the media are so keen to proclaim its death.
If the article is focusing on America, then it is correct. The psp tanked here long ago. The system never reached its full potential in the states, while it has been soaring in Japan, especially in recent months.
It never reached full potential here in Canada either. It had some good games, but I used mine more for music than anything. Even though I enjoyed GoW: Chains of Olympus, Rainbow Six Vegas and Syphon Filter Dar Mirror, there were alot of games that I wasn't impressed with like Socom Fire Team Bravo, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, all the Medal of Honor games, Killzone Liberation and a few more. I just never really looked forward to playing on my PSP, but I was never in a situation where i wanted to play games while i was out and about as I play more than enough video games while I'm at home. The Vita looks like it will have more games that I'm into, and the tech look very impressive, but I'm still on the fence on whether or not to buy one, since I game heavily on my PS3 and PC as it is already.
Umm over 70 million units sold....what the heck is he talking about
Yea, 71.4 million as of September 2011. You got to remember its been around since early 2005 globally. 7 years of PSP!
The psp will continue to sell until the vita is afforable even then it should still continue as long as there good games for at least a few months
Not yet, games are still being developed for the PSP and I still see people including me play it regularly. Maybe a few years down the road and the Vita have taken over then we can call the PSP dead.
The PSP was a great portable console, and has sold fairly well considered the negative press. Between the virtual touch analog stick and the micro transactions on tablets and smart phones (ie. "free" game but you have to pay to get anywhere in the game) is why I think portable game systems like the PSP and Vita will continue to do fairly well. Do you spend $40 for a game or do you get a free game and spend $10 ever few days to play a game. Those "free" games get VERY expensive very quickly, not to mention the lack of depth in these "free" games. The interactive aspect of the Vita allows for innovative games as well as meet the needs for hard core gameers needing a turn analog stick. I see a lot of tablet/smartphone ports coming to the vita.....just hope that doesn't suppress innovation on the Vita.
I still love my PSP. The only two problems with it are 1. Rampant piracy that prohibits publishers from developing for it. 2. The lack of dual sticks.
Sony never got my money with this one, even though I have been going crazy for Daxter, KZ Liberation and Resistance Retribution this whole time, maybe even a little GOW and LBP since I enjoyed them on PS3. But hey, they've sold me on the Vita
Considering it's still been made/on sale and selling, how can PSP be dead. As long as games are still been made for it it lives on. Another shitty site making shit up for hits.
I loved my PSP but haven't used it for more then listening to music in like 2 years.
yah the only reasonwhy I got my psp was for god of war... and that was late in the game because I got the psp Go. Amazing device for what it is. Much better screen and dpad vs the regualar psp and DS but other than that its myeh.
I just got a coupon offer from Bestbuy Canada. Buy the special edition PSP vita get uncharted free!! Time to preorder
Great deal... but the Vita isn't a PSP, and that has nothing to do with the PSP at all.
Well it is somewhat... vita is coming out.. make way for the new out with the old
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