R.I.P. as Sony discontinues one of the best systems ever.

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#1 Edited by Blabadon (25710 posts) -

The PSP is officially dead. Sort of. Kinda. Just read this shit below.

Sony will cease shipments of the PlayStation Portable to the domestic Japanese market beginning June 2014, the company announced today.

Sony revealed the discontinuation of the PSP in Japan in an announcement for two PlayStation Vita Super Value Packs for the region. Sony is offering users in country PS Vita product discounts for PSP trade-ins. The Universal Media Disc-using handheld console was first announced during E3 2003 and officially unveiled at a Sony press conference a year later. It launched in Japan in late 2004, North America in early 2005 and PAL regions late 2005.

- Polygon

Those of you who aren’t fans of the older portable may be wondering what all the fuss is about, but the fact is the PSP in its various incarnations has sold 20 million units life to date in Japan, from about 76 million worldwide. Its popularity is driven by co-op action games like Monster Hunter in particular.

When it launched, the PSP had unrivalled graphical capabilities (Sony described it as half way between the PSOne and PS2) for portable, and is now home to a staggering library of games. It also debuted a number of multimedia functions at a time when smartdevices weren’t common – that you could read comics (motion comics, no less!) on it and watch movies and listen to music and play games was something of a revelation.

Let’s talk about how rad the PSP is. Did you know its main encryption processor is called Kirk, and its secondary encryption processor is called Spock? Other specialised units include Tachyon, Baryon and Pommel. The first model had just 32 MB of RAM, which is almost nothing, and yet it can run pretty gorgeous games. There were five hardware versions in all, at least two of which – the UMD-less PSPgo and WiFi-less E1000 – seem frankly mental but are still on the market.

- VG24/7

Man oh man, Sony's first foray into handheld gaming was brilliant. From over 76 million units sold as of 2012 to countless multi-million selling titles to Sony drawing the ire of many for hiring graffiti artists to spray paint advertisements for the PSP in seven major U.S. cities, the PSP was a cultural icon in gaming.

It represented the ying to the Nintendo DS' yang. Whereas its dual-screen competitor attained a large casual audience, the PSP catered to a different crowd with grittier shooters, platformers with rich 3D worlds, and the iterations of some of gaming's most legendary franchises, like Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto, Prince of Persia, and more.

Its multimedia capabilities also made it a success. Movies, music, and games on the go wasn't the same thing it was back in 2005 as it is today with smartphones. Its portability made it unique, and that characteristic helped it make cameos in shows like South Park and Breaking Bad.

Of course, not all was fine and dandy with the PSP. Software throughout its first few years was steady, as niche games like WTF! and LocoRoco sat along side nicely Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. I remember 2008 hitting and there was a serious halt. The PSP released two of its most critically lauded games that year, Patapon and God of War Chains of Olympus, and not much else. That was the first year I truly ever felt a drought on a system as a gamer.

A lot of that could be pointed at the terrible rate of piracy that occurred early on in the PSP's life cycle and plagued it all the way. Developers were less inclined to make games for a system where piracy was rampant, where their ideas, already dealing with concessions due to the hardware, had a huge chance of making less cash than was properly due. For PSP owners, that really sucked. I loved Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker and Motorstorm Apocalypse near the end of the PSP's life cycle, but there could have been so much more.

Sony's own attempt at "so much more" is flopping miserably. The PS Vita, for all its bright points and potential, is getting pounded harder than the I in the Pixar logo. For shame, but history's scared many away from it thanks to its predecessor's shortcomings. Still, it's there, and Sony didn't give up after an incredibly successful first time around.

So what's your favorite PSP memories and games guys? I won my PSP back in 2005 in a raffle after spending $2 on tickets, and that system drew me into the PlayStation ecosystem; I later bought a PS3 for the stupid price of $568. Now I own a PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, and Vita as well, along with a PSPgo, and it's all thanks to that one little machine that Sony decided should lay down today.

Four months before it turned 10 years old.

Really Sony?

#3 Edited by finalstar2007 (24899 posts) -

Farewell old awesome PSP

And HELLO amazing PSVita!

#4 Edited by MonsieurX (29264 posts) -

RIP you magnificent portable emulator machine

#5 Edited by Shewgenja (8351 posts) -

She was a good one. PSP was a ballsy little handheld in a GameBoy world.

#6 Posted by Blabadon (25710 posts) -

RIP you magnificent portable emulator machine

Right? PSPgo is so good.

#7 Posted by clyde46 (44199 posts) -

I miss my PSP.

#8 Posted by PonchoTaco (1945 posts) -

I never played any PSP games on my PSP. It was my portable emulator.

#9 Posted by Seabas989 (10047 posts) -

Meh it was my least favorite system last gen but I can't deny that it had some gems and competed well against Nintendo.

#10 Edited by roulettethedog (10946 posts) -

I Love the Ultimate Ghosts and Goblins game and still play it today.

#11 Posted by Animal-Mother (26420 posts) -

Square just needs to freakin release crisis core on the vita.

Goddamn nutjobs if you ask me

#12 Edited by farrell2k (5742 posts) -

I had a psp years ago and playing Lunar on it was great fun. It was much nicer than the DS. I was surprised to learn that some 80 million of these things were sold over a 10 year period.

#13 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (6677 posts) -

That thing was still around? Mine's been collecting dust for years.

#14 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2316 posts) -

RIP you magnificent portable emulator machine

#15 Posted by Suppaman100 (3727 posts) -

One of the best handhelds ever srs. Had a very slow start but in the end it accumulated a vast library of quality games...especially rpg's and a lot of good remakes.

#16 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9093 posts) -

Get a Vita... Plays PSP games and does a better job.

I haven't touched my PSP in over 2 years. So this news isn't sad to me.

#17 Edited by PS4hasNOgames (1244 posts) -

people call it a failure but its one of the highest selling consoles of all time.

#18 Posted by MonsieurX (29264 posts) -

people call it a failure but its one of the highest selling consoles of all time.

It's currently in the 9th position

#19 Edited by lglz1337 (3116 posts) -

great news !

#20 Posted by ghostwarrior786 (3677 posts) -
#21 Posted by Vatusus (4366 posts) -

It was a good portable system. Shame I had to sell it to get some money. I may buy a Vita soon though so that I can play old PSP games on it.

#22 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (17233 posts) -

Geez. I remember all the hate the PSP got on release. Now its beloved. What a world.

Also Metal Gear Acid ruled. I said it. Deal with it.

#23 Posted by Blabadon (25710 posts) -

@ps4hasnogames said:

people call it a failure but its one of the highest selling consoles of all time.

It's currently in the 9th position

But it's last reported sales were 2012. It probably crossed 78 million and is wavering in the 5th through 9th spot.

#24 Posted by AmazonAngry (945 posts) -

One of the greatest if not the greatest handheld of all time.

#25 Edited by kweeni (10881 posts) -

RIP PSP

It was my first 'real' handheld system. Not planning to put it aside just yet though because there are still some games on it that I plan to play/beat(whenever that will be...).

#27 Edited by LustForSoul (5840 posts) -

Best console out there imo

#28 Edited by YearoftheSnake5 (7105 posts) -

I skipped the PSP, but it's a nice system. I almost bought the Go. Sony has nothing to be ashamed of with it. They produced the best challenger Nintendo has ever had in the handheld field thus far.

#29 Edited by gago-gago (9274 posts) -

Another Sony one bites the dust. Up next PS Move then Vita then PS3.

#30 Edited by delta3074 (17806 posts) -

Loved the PSP but not because of the games, the flexibility to do what i wanted with it was awesome, it was like a portable version of the dreamcast in that area.

#31 Posted by delta3074 (17806 posts) -

Loved the PSP but not because of the games, the flexibility to do what i wanted with it was awesome, it was like a portable version of the dreamcast in that area.

@Blabadon said:

@MonsieurX said:

@ps4hasnogames said:

people call it a failure but its one of the highest selling consoles of all time.

It's currently in the 9th position

But it's last reported sales were 2012. It probably crossed 78 million and is wavering in the 5th through 9th spot.

9th position isn't too shabby in the grand scheme of things anyway,lol

#32 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26262 posts) -

sad to see it go.I got some great playtime with the thing.thats why I got a vita.

#33 Posted by Renegade_Fury (17030 posts) -

My biggest dust collector of all time without a doubt. It still pisses me off that I bought two at launch (one for me and for my brother).

#34 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (6068 posts) -

Next up.......................Vita discontinued.

#35 Posted by mems_1224 (46289 posts) -

lol PSP

what a garbage system. I think I only used mine for MLB The Show.

#36 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9999 posts) -

Oh PSP ! We hardly knew thee !

#37 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9999 posts) -

Oh PSP ! We hardly knew thee !

#38 Edited by -Karmum- (3768 posts) -

While I guess it could be considered a "failure" in comparison with the DS, 80+ million sales is nothing to be ashamed of, especially when it was your first entry into the handheld division and when your competition is Nintendo. Actually, 80+ million regardless is still pretty solid. It doesn't sell that much without having games, and anybody who disagrees...well...you're misinformed. I'm not sure if it had a better library than the original DS (never actually owned one myself), but the PSP library is deep and solid. Unfortunately, the PSP had to be associated wit the PSP Go.

#39 Edited by osan0 (12600 posts) -

never liked the PSP. badly though out system...lots of mistakes (some of which nintendo then proceeded to reproduce with the 3DS. well done ninty :P.).

single analogue nub was silly, badly designed and shoddy to use. UMD was an awful idea for a handheld. build quality was pants. the earlier versions had severe ghosting problems on the screen. just not very well thought out all round.

games wise, when i had one at least, it was pretty meh. as i look through the selection of PSP games on PSN i still think "meh". wipeout, locoroco and dungeon siege were the best i could find for it. im not a fan of MGS and couldnt find much else to play on it. GT was a misfire (a real shame).

in terms of the overall design the vita is what the PSP should have been (obhiously the processing power was not available at the time and i dont think an OLED screen was viable for the PSP at the time eaither).

80 million is a very solid figure though has to be said. more successfull than i would have thought.

but its not a system im going to miss.

Edit: and locoroco...man how could i forget that? that game was ace.

#40 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13892 posts) -

I still use my PSP for emulators.

Still an awesome handheld imo.

#41 Posted by LordQuorthon (5265 posts) -

UMD was a mistake and the analog nub was not that great, but you have to give Sony a lot of credit for what they accomplished with the PSP. Selling 70 or 80 millions of handhelds, a market that Nintendo has dominated since the late 80s, is something they should be extremely proud of.

By the way, funny how nowadays quite a few 3DS owners buy their games using the same method that the PSPGo tried to introduce. I wouldn't say it was ahead of its time, because it not being able to play regular UMD PSP games was really, really dumb, but it's still interesting how things turned out.

#42 Posted by Willy105 (24499 posts) -

The hype for this system back in 2005 was immense.

#43 Posted by santoron (7648 posts) -

Square just needs to freakin release crisis core on the vita.

Goddamn nutjobs if you ask me

Thank you! It's one of two PSP games I still want to replace on my Vita. The other is Sid Meier's Pirates!, which is available digitally in the UK, but not US...

PSP was a fine system and it had a good run, but ~10 years is plenty.

#44 Posted by FauxCool (9 posts) -

I am surprised it has lasted this long. Time to focus more on the Vita and give it the games it deserves.

#45 Posted by yokofox33 (29262 posts) -

I'll never get rid of my PSP. I bought it in Japan when I was living there. It's the FF anniversary edition which came out the same time Dyssidia did. Great handheld.

#46 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (495 posts) -

If it was up to me, Sony would discontinue the Vita instead. PSP was truly a great handheld.

#47 Posted by PsychoLemons (1992 posts) -

Maybe I would've liked it more if the loading times were faster.

#48 Posted by blackace (20082 posts) -

I still have my PSP and PSVita. Great systems. PSP was a bit slow loading games, but otherwise it was pretty great.

#49 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6618 posts) -

I enjoyed the PSP in my younger days (2004-2006) but after that I never really touched it. I've hated mobile gaming ever since I guess.

#50 Posted by jake44 (1943 posts) -

I never could get into the PSP. Having lots of fun with my VIta though.