New PSP's 250K Japanese debut

First-week sales of Sony's redesigned portable tally a quarter of a million in Land of the Rising Sun.

The newly redesigned PlayStation Portable Slim has been making an impact on Japanese hardware sales charts. After moving 15,564 PlayStation Portables the week of September 3-9, sales of Sony's portable spiked more than sixfold to 95,487 due to the release of Square Enix's Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII on September 13. The jump in sales was heavily attributed to the limited-edition Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary bundle, which included the redesigned portable in advance of its official September 20 launch date.

Sony's winning streak continues into this week, as the latest numbers from Famitsu publisher Enterbrain Inc. project that the first-week sales of the PSP Slim totaled 250,702 units. The PSP Slim has now sold a total of 326,645 units in Japan, as of September 23, 75,943 of which coming from the Crisis Core bundle.

The handheld was first unveiled during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit. According to SCEA president Kaz Hirai, the new device is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer, and it also packs a more efficient battery, is faster at loading games, and features video-out capabilities.

According to Enterbrain's tally, the combined total of the PSP's new and old model currently sits at 6,217,664 units since the original first went on sale for the island nation in December 2004.

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alberto2045
alberto2045

please come out with that one in America

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

I still love my old PSP ... the slim isn't that fantastic actually ... i've stared at it long enough to say i still love the old one

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I hate to duble comment but man the PSP has a great line up of games coeming! Games like the fallowing: StarWarsBattlefront: Renagade Squadron, Wipeout: Pules, God Of War, Crisis Core, Secate Agent Clank................... BTW for those parents worried about kid frendly games we have games like Rachet & Clank, Crash tag team raceing, lots of new and soon to be released puzzle games, Sonic, Naruto, Kindom Hearts (comeing soon), Secrate Agent Clank (comeing soon), Loco Roco, WormsOpenWarfare 2, Marvle Ultamate Alliance, the list goes on for a long time................... Also you do not need the online to use the wi-fi on the PSP you can play many games with only one UMD game, and two PSPs with the PSPs game shareing feature, you can also use what Sony calls Ad-Hoc for wireless gameplay with a friend in the same room, many PSP games have 8-4 player support for Ad-Hoc and Online modes. Its' a killer system and it will last a long time becuase with Sony updateing it's software with new features, bug fixes and DL content for games it's liek owning a mini PS3 without all the Blu-Ray hassel, or the huge ammount of cash to shell out just to buy it.

AkaRai
AkaRai

I don't know why people like to pretend there are no good games on the PSP. I have around 40 games on the system I want to get. I purchased 9 games I really wanted at the same time I ordered the system. While I have more games for my other systems, never before have I bought so many games right when I bought a new system. The PSP has tons of remakes of old classic games, often with improved graphics, and/or wifi connectivity to other players. Beyond that though, it has a lot of the games this generation is missing. A lot of games this generation needs. That being RPGs of every variety. Most of NIS's new games are for the PSP, and the PSP is *the* system to get for Tactical RPGs. Beyond the massive selection of RPGs the system already has, it's also got fun puzzle games like Crush and WTF, and wonderful PSP versions of favorites, such as Twisted Metal: Head-On, Armored Core Formula Front, Me and My Katamari, and PSP's Ape Escape game. Then it has brand new, original series like Tokobot, and Dungeonmaker: Hunting Ground. It's an absolutely solid system.

mingfu
mingfu

I knew crisis core was going to sell alot! so as the new psp! GO crisis core !!!!!!!

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Yeah the PSP is now rocken! with the latest firmware upadate and the release of the offical Theme maker there has never been a better time to go out and pick up a PSP system. I mean not only is the PSP getting some great and killer games but alot of them have full online support!

chaco123
chaco123

Curse you Squaresoft for not releasing this game in the ps2.... or ps3 I want to play sooo bad but im pooooooor nooo....!!!!!

warhawk187
warhawk187

This is really cool with the video out put!! With programs like http://rn.pqdvd.com/psp/ i've never had a game for my PSP cuz they all sucked (or atleast looked like that sucked) but to put video clips, game trailers and DVD movies onto a 4 gig memory stick the you never have to buy UMD's and its just better to have on the go because when your number comes up in the waiting room you can just turn it off no big deal. Now with the video output though the waiting room or a friends living is a great way to share a video without having to hundle over the PSP with crappy speakers!!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

still theres no way psp will surpass ds nope dont see that happening despite all these sales charts being psp dominate . . . they still dont put ds aside psp to actually see

juno_22
juno_22

ssj_gotenks , nice go look at the total sales noobcake

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I like my psp. its good for travelling as it does music, video and games. I do not want a new version though.

Doolum
Doolum

That reminds me i need myself a 3rd PSP.

LockdownLA
LockdownLA

blah, the psp was the biggest mistake I ever bought. Haven't been interested in a single game for it since Katamari, crappy controls and all.

B-bad
B-bad

great news and with the crop of hot new title hopefully it'll last. Maybe developers will take notice and start giving the game it needs to continue to grow. and maybe the gaming press you give the PSP it's due.

superox12000
superox12000

i want the ffVII PSP in the states please sony please

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

im really shocked because since the first game i got with my psp..GTA:LCS, ive hated every other game i got for it, even tekken and metal gear and im only looking forward to god of war which i hope wont disappoint. good for sony tho, they can do with some encouragement considering ps3's position in the charts.

V-Nine
V-Nine

....have to admit nice (temporary) rebound for Sony. Now if they can keep it up and get a second analog nub and 2 more triggers on this baby!

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

man I want to get this PSP it looks so sweet lol, I"ll probably buy the silver or the Star Wars limited edition one

dmbrown58
dmbrown58

Sony should send Square Enix a gift basket. This is one of three games thats making me consider buying a PSP.

ragrdoll21
ragrdoll21

250,000 sold and some of you fanboys are saying it's a sign of death?WTF! You guys are in some Deep,DEEP denial! :(

robertd1138
robertd1138

Considering that the DS Lite was so well received in Japan, I am not surprised the PSP Lite...or slim is also selling well.

ROTO_DQ
ROTO_DQ

is that a kind of momentary recovery of consciousness just before death?

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Good news , I do hope that this will continue on :)

Nerissa
Nerissa

It's really nice to see Sony doing well, hope it keeps up.

-L-U-I-S-
-L-U-I-S-

If this is any indication, imagine what will FFXIII will do for PS3 when it comes out. Though it is gonna take some time

KingKoop
KingKoop

The one reason I want a PSP, FF VII: CC

RomisSandthief
RomisSandthief

I will upgrade if EB has a good deal for trading in my old one

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

I wish we knew when it was coming to the US and if there was going to be a bundle. I just sold my PSP but I will wait to get a new one if I can get a FF7 model.

denaz
denaz

ahhh i dunno whether to get one or not!

marwan89
marwan89

this is what should have happened from the begining

poe94
poe94

I've got the old psp and i'm fine wit mine

EPaul
EPaul

The power of Final Fantasy VII was strong enough for the psp to beat the DS and Wii

krindor
krindor

My local Target has the new Core PSP Slim, but I traded in my original PSP to Gamestop for store credit towards the new one, and they won't get it until October 1! That's when it's supposed to come out at Gamestop and some online merchants. If you can't wait, go to Target if there's one near you, but I don't know how much they're charging for it.

Spincut
Spincut

Ok, so it took sony ALOT longer than Nintendo to do it, but they convinced me to get a PSP, only problem is i want a BLACK slim model.....so where is it?!

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

oh, yeah crisis core ffvii is definately helping psp sales. that game like sold out in a blink i heard. final fantasy is huge though, especially in japan.

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

at first i was kinda pissed, cause they have better load times for the slim and i haven't had many games for the psp for like 2 years BUT i thought about it again and i figure this is actually a really good thing that the slim is taking off because at one point i was really thinking that they might leave the psp behind. but now more games will be made and hey maybe they can fix the load times on the old psp with extra external memory. anyone have any idea baout that they said the slim load times were fixed with the extra 32mb added to the original 32mb so shouldn't that be able to work with the old psp but with extra external memory, developers should be able to do that right??? there were games without those long a$$ load times so it can be done. has to be. so keep it up sony, i've seen a lot of good previews.

PapaRocks
PapaRocks

Darn, if only the stores in my town will get the slims I'd buy one. I want to play Portable Ops I think its called.

CWEBB04z
CWEBB04z

Whoo, good to see the PSP doing so well.

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

Cool. I'll be picking one up soon, as well. Funny how GameSpot posts this and not the milestone the DS reached today; 50 million units sold worldwide.

aznballer91
aznballer91

too bad i cant get my hands on the ff7 crisis core psp. that one is hot..

ericblue21
ericblue21

I wish we had Crisis core here too(it wont' out till next year here) instead I got the BLEACH.

vanessasboy
vanessasboy

I love my PSP. There are some great games coming out for it!