The DS is the footloose and fancy free play thing, with its collection of idiosyncratic interfaces that seek to disarm you with their simplicity before hooking you in with the ferocity of crack-flavoured Pringles. The PSP, meanwhile, is a much more serious beast. It wants to impress you with its technology and outside of placing a 'Do not touch' sign on its rear, the handheld has a 'gamers only' feel to it – it's about as inviting for your grandmother as a Marlyn Manson after show party. Just like most consoles before it, then.
And so it is the DS that has lead the charge in the modern handheld gaming world thus far, with sales nigh-on par with the original GameBoy (which, incidentally, is the best selling console of all time) and the momentum showing no sign of dropping.
But surely a comeback for the PSP isn't out of the question? After all, it's a great little console and has plenty of potential left to realise. The revised Slim & Lite model has taken Japan by storm and should see a strong performance this Christmas. Could it be third year lucky for PSP?