After nearly ten years and 80 million units, it looks like Sony has finally pulled the plug on the PlayStation Portable.
Time reported earlier today that “Tokyo-based Sony said Tuesday that PSP shipments ended in North America in Janurary, [sic] will end in Japan this month and later this year in Europe.”
Sony decided to enter the Nintendo-dominated handheld gaming marketplace in 2003, announcing it at that years E3. They later revealed the machine at a Sony press-conference before E3 2004. The PSP was then released in North America on March 24th, 2005 at the introductory price of $249.99.
While the Nintendo DS enjoyed healthier sales, the PSP managed to hold its own, going on to sell roughly 80.7 million units and featuring a bevy of great games such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Papaton, God Of War: Chains Of Olympus, and many others. And let’s not forget it’s fan-favorite use as a emulator machine!
Sony’s first handheld system was famous using Universal Media Discs (UMD’s) as opposed to the cartridges used by Nintendo handhelds. While this decision has seen a mixed response over the PSP’s lifespan, the UMD was capable of playing music and movies, in addition to games.
Sony released their successor to the PSP in 2012, the PS Vita, which hasn’t enjoyed the same success so far.
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