Why PSP is failing us......and how Sony can save it

The words 'gathering dust' seem to be synonymous with PSP and this recent ad from US retailer EB offering shoppers the chance to trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS) pretty much sums up the dwindling enthusiasm for Sony's handheld.

But why is Sony's elegant, versatile and frighteningly powerful handheld failing to excite us? Gamesradar.com look at some of the problems that have seemingly dumped any love for the device in the doldrums and offer some fixes to help PSP get back on the right track.

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specialguest6059d ago

There's no killer app and not enough casual pickup-and-play funfactor type of games like Lumines. Also, if downloadable independant games that were meant for the PS3 like flOw were compatiple with the PSP, then that would be a huge plus. I'm sure it could be possible with firmware upgrades.

Marriot VP6059d ago

ohh wow, I forgot about that pic. What a catastrophe that was.

Anyways the reason PSP isn't selling anywhere close to the DS is because people don't want to play complicated graphically wowing games in the car. They want to have juvenial fun, like mariocart and what not.

I don't have a PSP or DS for the record, not one of those mobile tech junkies

MikeGdaGod6059d ago

i must be one of the few people that get a lot of use outta their psp. i think the marketing for it is the reason its behind. sometimes when people see me with mine they ask a lot of questions about what can do and how much it cost. some have never heard of it at all. i use it everyday though. nothing is better than playing Madden at work.

PureGamer6058d ago

but its there gathering dust i got it on launch day here in england and have bought about 5 games for it ill be trading it in for my PS3 gets £100 quid off so why not eh :)

funny thing is i dont like the DS either ive had the boring silver big one traded that in for my PSP then i bought the slim black one but was bored of that aswell so i traded that back in lol I must not like moblie gaming.

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wolfgang6058d ago

YES WE DO YES WE DO YES WE DO YES WE DO YES WE DO YES WE DO , please let go of the caplock.

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I Need A Moment To Mourn The Sudden Death Of Saints Row

Pour one out for the homies.

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GoodGuy0921d ago

2 and the third were the only ones I really enjoyed. All the really wierd stuff in the other games I just didn't like. I want gang wars.
I'm sure there'll still be saints row games....maybe.

ocelot0721d ago


Don't get me wrong I eventually got around to enjoying Saints Row 3 and somewhat enjoying Saints row 4. But saints row pretty much died after 2. How can you go from a wacky not so series GTA type game. To a wacky game with aliens and super powers?

Saints row 1 was fun. Saints row 2 was again really enjoyable.

Then the super powers came and ruined it imo.

Sort of like resident evil. First few games where amazing and then 4 came around with crazy people rather than zombies.

hombreacabado21d ago

what ruined resi for me was that it turned from general real horror to an action game with horror set pieces.

ocelot0721d ago

Exactly the over the shoulder camera with crazy dudes with axes really ruined the series for me. Enjoyed 5 but didn't treat it as a resi game. Enjoyed 7 and Village.

neutralgamer199221d ago


It’s been dead since SR3. The best game in the series was SR2

Profchaos21d ago

The franchise was dead the minute they included gat in agents of mayhem and dropped the trailer for the reboot just re enforced it

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YouTuber discovers unreleased The Fast and the Furious game on original Xbox

GF365: "Can you imagine finding an unreleased Xbox game on an old hard drive? Well, that’s what happened to Modern Vintage Gamer, a YouTuber dedicated to exploring the world of retro consoles and their secrets."

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porkChop22d ago

Damn. I was hoping it was the original open world F&F game that was cancelled. That game actually sounded cool. This is just an Xbox version of the Tokyo Drift game. Still cool to see though.

BlackCountryBob22d ago

I remember getting a demo of Lamborghini from OXM just before it got cancelled because the studio collapsed, it was so good and when I heard they converted that game into Juiced I bought it day one; the demo was better!

Valkyrye22d ago

MVG is a game developer now.


Persona 3 Director Says The Game Saved Atlus From Collapsing

The studio was on the verge of collapse when Persona 3 came out, and things were looking quite grim for Atlus. Regardless, many decisions made in the game paid off and became a staggering success.

SDuck26d ago

Years ago, I was emulating the game on my laptop and the old thing died when I was about to get to the final boss. I'm more than happy to buy this remake when it comes out so I can finish it!

TheColbertinator26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

At the time I was immersed in SMT Nocturne and later DDS. I did not realize at all how important Persona would become for me years later.

raWfodog25d ago

Persona 3 FES was the first one that I played in the series. Looking forward to the remake.