PSP shipments hit 50 million

Sony handheld surpasses major milestone in four years, three hardware iterations; more than 200 million games shipped.

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Sony's original PlayStation and its PSOne redesign combined to sell more than 100 million systems. In making its challenge to the long-standing handheld market dominance of Nintendo, Sony might have been ecstatic to see the PlayStation Portable enjoy even half that success.

To get an idea of how many PSPs are out there, imagine this picture 50 million times.

And that's about exactly where the PSP is today. Sony announced that it has shipped 50 million of the systems (PSP-1000, 2000, and 3000 models cumulatively) to retailers worldwide. Additionally, 200 million games for the system have been sold in to retailers since the PSP's December 2004 debut in Japan.

Despite the system's sizable installed user base, the PSP faces a number of issues. It was the only major console or handheld not represented in the industry-tracking NPD Group's list of the 10 best-selling games of 2008. Furthermore, no PSP game has managed to crack even the monthly top 10 list since March of 2008, when God of War: Chains of Olympus placed fifth and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII landed in sixth.

Discussion

192 comments
blancobo
blancobo

There is one game that will crack the monthly top ten list once again... RESISTANCE Retribution. This game is great, I have played over 6 hours and it has really caught my attention. I am amazed it did not get a 9+ eval, considering that Syphon Filter did. The PSP has not really been the greatest thing on game support... but the continuous iteration of the console and the great games it has should continue to gain some ground on the market. After all, it might not be as successful as the the GB, GBA, Nintendo DS, DS Lite... but it has been there too little to catch up. Then again, those who have one, can provide testimony of the quality and power of the smalles PS out there... a true Playing Portable Station, with true power and still with unexplored potential.

goththugg
goththugg

As a gamer with quite a few miles under my belt, i'd say that's a feat in itself for sony, especially in cracking an otherwise Nintendo dominated market, and more importantly surviving! Only thing that does let the PSP down - Lack of games, c'mon sony seriously stop screwing with your playstation network and fancy DLC and pull ya fingers out, there is sony's one prob for ya ppl, they can't have 2 consoles going at once, they can't manage it well enough, they cancel the old gen so they can focus on the next, the same is happening now with ps3 and psp. Guess which one will die first.

Phantom_2
Phantom_2

ill applaud the psp for staying alive with stiff competitition from nintendo. its pretty large feat, considering that other handhelds simply died within months against nintendo. very impressive.

DistortedGecko
DistortedGecko

I never liked the PSP. It was cool at first, but the games just aren't fun to play. They should have added an extra joystick for FPS games. Currently all I do with the PSP is put music and youtube on it.

jamesh-42
jamesh-42

I'd have to admit I haven't bought any PSP games for a while (haven't gotten round to finishing the ones I've already purchased). There hasn't been many recent games I've wanted to buy :(

anik786
anik786

Well there's not much great games out on the PSP anyhow. The only game i'm looking forward to this YEAR is resistance retribution and posibally grand thurismo mobile (if it come out this year).

simonsworld
simonsworld

all i know is as far as gaming handhelds go psp is the more powerful beast, i remember sega game gear back in the day, had a tv ariel and everything!, gameboy was still that black/lime green effect,for old times sake,i liked the gameboy more than the ds, because gameboys were made for gaming in mind,ds was more innovative over the psp at the start not so sure now.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Many people saying the PSP does so much more than play games, the only problem for me is I have an iphone and it goes on the internet, makes phone calls, plays games, movies and loads of other stuff and of course its so much cooler than a PSP and most importantly, it fits into my pocket. My PSP is used for 1 thing, to play games, it's why I bought it, unfortunately there are not many new releases for it. The DS on the other hand has lots of new releases every month.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

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jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i have ds and psp. ds is better. i remember i had not played either of them for a while and the ds still had the charge that was in the battery where as the psp the charge magically went out the battery without me touching it.

hassy94
hassy94

Not buying PSP, controls don't work for me. If PSP 2 has 2 analog sticks I'm sold

wildarmx
wildarmx

what a group of crybaby's. next time anything of yours sells 50 million units ill make sure to drop by and tell you how bad it sucks.

Bigcol1611
Bigcol1611

Nice one sony, shame it took four very long years to reach this milestone!!! Should of concentrated on the gaming side of things and not get lost with all the multimedia aspects of it!!!!

necronaux
necronaux

3 hardware changes in 4 years? What's up with that?

zakkess
zakkess

I think the reason Nintendo is doing so good is because they have alot of experience in the handheld community. When you think about it starting with the gameboy pocket back in the 90's, most of their software has been aimed at little kids ages from like idk 5-13. I had one at launch, i had super mario 64 DS, and spiderman 2, i eventually got ridge racer. And it seemed like the longest time that there was no good games out. As soon as i traded mine in i started hearing about mario games and was pissed that i did. I love my PSP but i have the same problem as most of you, not enough games. I hope they do release a second PSP, but i think this will turn out like the Sega Gamegear :\

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Way to go sony !!! But i recently sold mine :) does reselling count in final sales :D

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

All I can say is this: remember the first gen PSP, and how you could play homebrew without resorting to open up the thing and threatening to brick it? Sony seriously needs to look into putting that feature back in, because they haven't stopped the piracy anyway. They should look at it like any other tool, they wouldn't be supplying the software, just the means to play it. That was definitely a huge plus for the system back when they first put them out, just sayin'.

shanzor
shanzor

As much as I love my PSP, it's not doing so great. I've played my DS a lot more over the years than my PSP. I used it for music and stuff when my iPod broke and that was cool but not anymore. I used to use it to browse the internet and listen to internet radio but my iPod Touch does that and it does it better. I stopped bringing my PSP places and just cart my iPod Touch around. Sony missed their chance. They should've made it a game machine first and a media player second.

Willy-Wilks_777
Willy-Wilks_777

I think Rockstar should release another GTA on the PSP. LCS stories is still great and a play it to this very day. I think they shouldn't do that 'stories' series and they should make up a new city and a new story and so on.

ShirkDawg
ShirkDawg

The DS and PSP are the best portables we've ever seen. I don't get what all the whining is about. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and blow any past portables out of the water.

ali-009
ali-009

the best thing nintendo did was not caring too much about multimidea and caring about creating consles that look unlike other consles,see ps3 for example,daulshock 3 looks same as daulshock 2 and xbox360 uses old style gaming with a rumble in the controller and dvd games,while wii uses motion in it's wierd looking controller,and ds uses touch screen but psp didn't do anything but making less number of buttons,every consle have problems in it,i'm not a fanboy,but we gamers need something new like ds and wii with very diffrent style of gameplay in the games,i'm not saying other consles are bad but why multimidea while you have a pc and a mobile phone,i like all consles but it is about what you like in a consle and there is nothing that i need more than god of war and tekken and burnout with me all the time,so my choice will always be the psp.

ali-009
ali-009

the psp is an amazing system that can do too many great things,playing music video clips and browsing network and downloading games from psn and it can even be used as a mobile phone thanks to skype,and with go messenger you can enjoy writing text messeges,and you can play ps1 games too and you can use camera too,but psp got some problems,importantly the anlog nub,it is a bad idea,i don't have fun playing midnight club thanks to this anlog nub wihle i can easily play midnight club in ps2 with the anlog stick,and games doesn't come too much to psp,while ds have tons of games,but that doesn't mean ds is the best,ds can hardly play 3d games with bad frame rate,but psp can fairly be like ps2,replacing the analog nub with a touch screen is the best thing to do to fix this,it will make more freedom when playing some games,but i hope they put a touch screen to psp and bluetooth,this can fix every thing with psp,i like psp and i want to buy psp 3000,how the hell you can't like psp,sony just need to put thier @$$ to work and make some games,no company can create a great exclusive for a consle only the company who created that consle right?,that is why sony needs to work,you sony are the only ones can save your consles.

Serious
Serious

I love my PSP. however I have to admit I don't use it for games very often. I love using its internet radio,Music playback, Internet browser so much. I do use it more than I do my DS. Which of course I do use for games, since that all it can do. Now that the PS3 has a video on demand I can load movies to the PSP for movies on the go. Which is far easier to see on than my Ipod classic which can cause severe I strain. I'm not surprised this device has sold so many. Its a marvel of entertainment. music, video clips, photos, text with a computer, and internet browsing. And UMD. Yes I have a UMD collection. films like the incredibles and starship troopers etc.. The PSP is a great device for the money like the PS3 it has improved greatly since it was launched. I'll definately get PSP 2 if sony decides to release one.

IMDLEGEND
IMDLEGEND

PSP is a great system with a lot of untapped potential, I hope that people don't give up on it just yet.

Alpha0026
Alpha0026

Its not Sony's fault that a lot of third party developers didn't want to make games for the psp, they didn't think it would last this long. But i have a friend who works at SCEA, and he says that third party developers started to work on a butt load of games late in 08 so they should be done in late 09 to mid 2010

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

I have to agree with many of the posts, the biggest problem with the PSP is the lack og games, although there have been really good games like the two syphon filter games, wipeout, mgs, gow, ffvii and a few others, thery're too far apart from each other, while the ds sees 10+ releases a month, the psp does what, maybe 1? Come on Sony, get your @$$ in gear and come up with some good incentives for 2nd and 3rd party developers.

kejigoto
kejigoto

Its funny, some of things the PSP touts over the DS the DSi will have and I believe its actually cheaper than the PSP. My major beef with the PSP is rather simple one though, well beyond the games that is, controls. The analog "nub" is a terrible idea and I feel like the PSP tries to mimic what you get on the PS2 yet the controls don't fit for most games. Also why should I get a game on the PSP when I know if its good it'll get ported to the PS2 eventually where I can enjoy it with real controls the way the game was meant to be played. The PSP had potential but was wasted with a board view from Sony and having it be a jack of all trades but a master of none sort of thing. Nintendo came out the gate with one focus, games, and it did that well. The PSP does have a few good games, but I always felt games took a back seat to so many other things. It never felt truly supported or accepted like the DS was and my only major draw to the PSP would be the homebrew stuff and how easily hacked the thing is, though as we saw with the Dreamcast, doesn't pan out well for a console or handheld in the long run.

Wings_008
Wings_008

the PSP is waaaaay better than that hunk of junk that they call DS the graphics aren't even comparable

feryl06
feryl06

haven't touched my psp in a while. the ds and ipod touch have kept me busy.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

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Hiram
Hiram

Mario and Nintendo are unimpressed by 50 million sales. I have a PSP 1000 and frankly with the exception of a few games it sucks. Homebrew has really saved this machine. The volume on it sucks for music even with headphones, and forget about converting movies with their weird naming scheme. Sony has left us in a "handheld gaming ghetto".

maverick_76
maverick_76

I have purchased two of these systems so far. The original 1000 edition (one of the Spider-Man 2 special edition ones) and the God of War special edition 2000 model. I gave the older one to my sister to listen to music and play movies on while I love the new 2000 model. Great job Sony, keep making great consoles!

EagleTiTi
EagleTiTi

I don't understand how Nitendo DS can sold better than PSP! But I think the reason is that that Nitendo issued on the market now game ewer month but PSP tree good game!!!!

Depresso
Depresso

If only now Developers could get their act together and release some decent titles for it it'd be great. It is ridiculous that some months do not see any new release at all ! Compare that output to the DS and see where the problem lies.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

The PSP rules. Now if only Americans accepted that and started buying this awesome handheld as well!

enix165
enix165

=) Good to see the PSP selling so much. It has a good library of games, and it's actually worth the extra $70(I think, is the price still $200?) over the DS with the built-in internet browser, better graphics(and gameplay, if you ask me), MP3 playing capability and the ablility to watch videos(but it doesn't work for me...=/).

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

No doubt if the PS3 got a nice price cut (preferably more than a mere £20) then yeah it'll sell a lot more for sure. But then didn't Sony just up the price of the console due to the weakening global economy? I can see their reasons but customers will definitely just see the price hike and be put off by it... Or so I think... Anyone got the sales figures before and after the price hike?

phinch1
phinch1

even the psp has outsold the xbox 360

phinch1
phinch1

100 million ps1's 140 million ps2's 50 million psp's and 20 million ps3's (despite the higher console price) as soon as the ps3 gets a price drop it will definitely catch up with the others in the long run im sure off it ,Sony has done and excellent job with all its consoles

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

I love the line under the pic :lol:

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Hopefully this will encourage developers to start making more good, exclusive games for the system. I bought my PSP 1000 at launch (w/ Spidey 2 movie). I've got 4 games for the system. I haven't purchased any in years because it just hasn't been worth it to me. I will buy Final Fantasy: Crisis Core and God of War: Chains of Olympus when they turn into greatest hits. Maybe we'll hear some good news come out of E3 for holiday 2009 - 2010 PSP games... maybe? _

trollkind
trollkind

I have the first EU edition white PsP, about a dozen games of which I love half of them and I'm looking forward to all the things I can do with it once I finally buy a PS3 and delighted that all the frequent firmware updates aren't just to stop piracy (shame on you btw) but add real features. I have a 1GB stick in there, which is full with photos, music for my daily commute and a few videos and people are still amazed by the quality of the screen when they see it. *shrug* I'm a happy customer.

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

So did the Gran Turismo game for the PSP get dropped? I haven't heard about it for years now (or so it seems).

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

not many people want it because the brand is a mess, theres no real online features,no real game lineups, and it runs really slow with anything other than a 4gb memory stick. and it has a crappy screen.