50 Million PSPs Have Sold Worldwide, I Melodramatically Ponder What It All Means

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It's hard to believe, given that you rarely see someone actually playing one, but 50 million PSPs have sold worldwide—an install base just barely above that of the Nintendo Wii. Surprising metric, no?

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I think the fact that many are questioning the revalance of the PSP, however, is less a reflection on Sony than how quickly things have progressed in the last few years under the pressure of the smartphone market.

In 2005 (when the PSP first reached the US), the PSP was a pretty amazing device, featuring a gorgeous screen, Wi-Fi (a rarity of hand-held tech then) and enough processing power to drive compelling media.

But today, even through reiterations, the PSP is bulkier and less functional than the average smartphone. And while an iPhone game hasn't yet challenged the best of the PSP in terms of depth, I've certainly managed to be entertained for my average 15 minute commute from place to place.

Still, to say this is a PSP-exclusive problem would be shortsighted. Ultimately, I can't imagine using any piece of hand-held tech I own five years from now, but that's not a perspective I had playing Lumines for the first time in 2005, completely in awe of the spectacle. [Kotaku]

DISCUSSION

Monty
Monty

As Mark says, normally when you want to play a game it is while you are killing time waiting in a queue. You never know when that will be, and as a result the chances of you having a PSP (or DS or any game machine) with you is slim. That is why we end up using the somewhat-acceptable games on our phones to kill that time.

That said, I do use the PSP while traveling to watch movies and TV. Not that I would ever recommend such a thing, but you could browse over and pick up PQ DVD for the PSP [www.pqdvd.com] for thirty five bucks and suddenly can convert any DVD in your library on to a memory stick and watch four movies without ever draining the battery. Of course, we are talking specialized use - when you know you are going to be flying for hours at a time. Otherwise, our PSP mostly goes unused at our house. Though, that is better than the DS which I have not touched in over a year.