E3 2011: PSP shipments top 70 million

At height of Vita's coming-out party, Sony touts latest worldwide milestone for its original handheld, emphasizes continued software support.

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LOS ANGELES--When Sony launched the PSP in 2004, the electronics giant was looking to take a slice of the portable gaming pie that had been almost entirely Nintendo's since the launch of the original Game Boy. While the PSP has come in second to Nintendo's DS, the handheld has been far from a failure, as Sony today announced that worldwide shipments of its debut portable have topped the 70 million mark.

Not dead yet.

PSP software hasn't fared too poorly, either. Sony said the system's UMD library includes 3,200 titles worldwide, with software sales totaling 298 million to date. Beyond the UMD library, there are 2,180 downloadable titles for the system available on the PlayStation Network.

With the impending launch of the Vita (formerly known as the NGP), the PSP's days are all but numbered. However, Sony said it's not ready to retire the platform just yet, stressing that SCE Worldwide Studios and third-party publishers still have "many more" offerings in the pipeline.

The PSP debuted first in Japan in December of 2004, with North American and European debuts following in March and September of 2005, respectively. In September of 2007, Sony launched the slimmer PSP-2000 with a brighter screen and simpler disc door mechanism. That model was then phased out after the PSP-3000's debut in October of 2008. That model--which remains on sale today--has a high-contrast LCD screen and built-in microphone. The final iteration of the PSP hardware, the PSP go, launched in October 2009 and did away with the UMD drive entirely, relying entirely on digitally distributed titles from the PlayStation Network. The PSP go largely failed to catch on and was reportedly discontinued in Japan.

Discussion

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B-boy
B-boy

the psp one greatest handheld since sega gamegear

B-boy
B-boy

the psp one greatest handheld since sega gamegear

dinslacck
dinslacck

vita.. ohh.. vita.. come out come out where ever you are...

bobochan91
bobochan91

@Frosty192 gangster only crack ur head, not psp. haha

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

[QUOTE="rayjapan"]@s_h_a_d_o While your definition of hackers vs crackers is correct -- I'm not disagreeing with RFC 1392 -- you have to admit that often, natural languages goes off in directions that aren't defined by any book or any dictionary. And whether we like it or not, "hacker" is one of those terms that has been messed up by the mass media. We might ask ourselves whether it is time to update RFC 1392 rather than continually quote from it. Even dictionaries (Oxford, Webster, etc.) get periodic updates. If that did not happen then we would argue that "Internet" is not a word and "python" is a snake and nothing else![/QUOTE]

Personally, I think the question is whether we should stand by and allow the media (or legal institutions, or governmant agencies, etc, etc) to usurp language and subvert meaning because they're either too damned lazy to elucidate an argument with precision, or are proceeding along such lines in order to maintain a specific agenda. It galls me no end to see mistruth swallowed whole by a general populace conditioned to accept every twisted fact they are spoon-fed. The misappropriation of language forms the thin end of a wedge that separates free-thought from brain-washing.

rayjapan
rayjapan

@s_h_a_d_o While your definition of hackers vs crackers is correct -- I'm not disagreeing with RFC 1392 -- you have to admit that often, natural languages goes off in directions that aren't defined by any book or any dictionary. And whether we like it or not, "hacker" is one of those terms that has been messed up by the mass media. We might ask ourselves whether it is time to update RFC 1392 rather than continually quote from it. Even dictionaries (Oxford, Webster, etc.) get periodic updates. If that did not happen then we would argue that "Internet" is not a word and "python" is a snake and nothing else! And by the way, doesn't the act of "hacking" pre-date the Internet? I'm not so sure if the "Internet Users' Glossary" is the source we should be consulting... In any case, if someone endeavors to have an "intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks", I'd call them an engineer (or computing engineer). But that's just me...and I certainly don't consider the people who brought down PSN to be engineers!

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

[QUOTE="Frosty192"]Hackers, crackers, gangsters, I dont care what the hell you call them they are all the same to me. [/QUOTE]

@Frosty192 That statement perfectly demonstrates why it's important to make the distinction. All it does is lump a broad range of persons into a single, inconsistent category. Language is a means to meaning, not obfuscate with indeterminacy or ambiguity. The latter merely invalidates one's opinion.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@s_h_a_d_o Hackers, crackers, gangsters, I dont care what the hell you call them they are all the same to me.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@Frosty192 As I said, you're perpetuating a linguistic misinterpretation... The RFC 1392: Internet Users' Glossary defines "hacker" as:

A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular. The term is often misused in a pejorative context, where "cracker" would be the correct term.

The Jargon Wiki's first definition for hacker says:

A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.

Refer here for clarification.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I don't know. I bought the original PSP, and haven't bought an updated portable console since (so, yeah. I kind of want another one), but being reminded how much Sony improves upon initial console releases makes me want to hold off on the Vita.

plaintomato
plaintomato

He means that there's nothing wrong with Hackers turning the Kinect into a PC controller for a Super Mario emulator, or jail breaking your iPhone, running Homebrew software, or chaining PS3's together to make a supercomputer, or using a G27 on the Xbox. That's Hotz. He's saying not all hackers are a-hole cheaters that ruin the fun for everyone, or jagoffs and thieves that steel account info, pirate everything, and raise the cost of everything by forcing businesses into cutting edge security R&D. Those are just the balzsac's in the news. That's Anonymous and balzsac. On the one hand, I think it's funny that Sony got absolutely humiliated by Anon for throwing their full corporate weight at Hotz. On the other hand, Anon and balzsac are total *****s and these Hacktivist ****s ruin a lot for everyone and deserved to be caught and crushed. They are just anarchists and opportunists posing as some kind of justified cliche rebellion.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@s_h_a_d_o Hackers benefit technology? Really? I can see how we can use our experiences with them breaking into our crap then releasing better technology to prevent them from doing it again but still they are worthless scum.

hinloe04
hinloe04

The best handheld console ever for me..waiting for vita

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I wish Sony actually took the time to actually announce some games for the PSP at E3. I love my PSP, I play it more than any other system. But to see nothing at E3 in regards to the PSP saddens me.

ps3x360hd
ps3x360hd

Happy to be a part of this coz i too have one

benboz
benboz

I love the PSP so much. Can't wait for the Vita.

godhand2010
godhand2010

i think its a great portable device. much better than a ds for me

pakrulz
pakrulz

Most of the sales account till 2009. Just think if the sales pattern had been steady overall figures woul have been 85-90 million

Mohammad37
Mohammad37

@ hippiesanta and actually vita sounds even easier ;)

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

PSV sounds cooler and simple than PlaystationVita

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@Frosty192 I think you mean "crackers" - hackers push the envelope and benefit technology. Please refrain from perpetuating myths and encouraging miscommunication, by employing the correct nomenclature.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@s_h_a_d_o That is because hackers ruined it for everyone like they always do.

musicman998
musicman998

Looking forward to buying this bad boy. Lots of potential.

LadyTaurus
LadyTaurus

I may get some negative feedback for what I'm about to say but I like being able to buy a game and have it it my hands, I like having UMD's. If I buy a game and hate it I can trade it and buy something else. Can't do that with something you download. Not so sure about the Vita

plaintomato
plaintomato

I bought a PSP twice. And sold it twice, both times due to it having an analog stick only once...well, twice, but only once at a time. That makes four suckers: me, some poor sap, me, some other poor sap. Welcome, dual thumb-sticks.

Mairusz69
Mairusz69

Coming soon, 70 million PSP's on Ebay

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

[QUOTE="Brendan"]... emphasizes continued software support.[/QUOTE]

Sony did the same for OtherOS on PS3, right up until the time they reneged on that promise. Just sayin'. :|

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

PSP, your successor will have the most controversial name ever. Sorry.