Posted on June 28, 2008,

Ten Years is the "Long-Term Plan" for PSP

For the most part, Sony has stayed true to its word in keeping its systems alive for ten years. Ten might be a bit of a stretch, but they do last longer than your average system. (For reference, see the PlayStation 2 continuing to sell hundreds of thousands of units a month.) PSP owners can take some solace in knowing that a ten year plan remains the goal for Sony’s first handheld game machine, according to Zeno Colaço, a VP for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

“We definitely have the ambition for it to feature very strongly in the future, both on its own and also complimentary to PlayStation Network environment and the PS3,” Colaço told Pocket Gamer. “But we’ll have to wait a while before we can fully reveal the direction we’re going in. Ten years is certainly the long-term plan though.”

He also expressed his frustration with the PSP constantly being compared to the DS, which has much better sales numbers. Given this was a Nintendo-dominated market just a few years ago, Colaço believes both Nintendo and Sony deserve a round of applause.

“It is frustrating from the point of view of it being seen a direct comparison. Both companies and both products need to be complimented for what they have achieved. There’s been 300 percent growth in the handheld market over the past couple of years,” he said.

With the ability to update the system through firmware, it actually doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea that the PSP might be around for a decade. And at the same time, I’m horrified at the thought of having to use that damned analog nub for so many more years.

image via Korea Times

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8 Comments on Ten Years is the "Long-Term Plan" for PSP

Norbit

On June 28, 2008 at 2:46 pm

“For the most part, Sony has stayed true to its word in keeping its systems alive for ten years.”

For the most part? Interesting choice of words.

Can you name a Sony console that they stopped selling before it reached 10 years of age?

The only one they dont sell anymore is the PS1 which went out of production after 11 years.

iKiddo

On June 28, 2008 at 4:12 pm

PS1 was bound to stop selling after the ps2 hit the £150 mark so they had to cut it out.
But the psp will NOT last 10 years …

hekynn

On June 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm

yup yup I like my psp slim it rocks :) they just need to develop more very good games for it god of war is awsome on it :D

Brian

On June 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm

IF I said that I didn’t like the PSP, I’d be lying. I really like Final Fantasy Crisis Core, and I would recommend the PSP to anybody who likes to be on the go. :lol:

Even though they need some new good games on it,. :mad:

EVILR32

On June 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I no the PSP is way better than the DS and i would recommend it to everyone, but its really hard to find a good game for it now. And what happened to movies on the PSP where did they go:?: :???:

iKiddo

On June 29, 2008 at 7:58 am

DS > Psp.

wow

On June 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

wow

how can you possible say the DS is better, it looks like , the main market is little girls and boys, PSP graphics are way better, you can store music and watch videos, you can hack it, it basically has its own OS, it doesnt rely on ty mario and barby games to keep it going, the only reason it sells this much is because it cheaper.

the main difference is that i can go any ware with a PSP and people are like “thats cool”
walk around with a ass flashy pink or silver DS and you dont get the same reaction.

wow Pwned iKiddo

On June 30, 2008 at 8:24 am

could’nt have said it better myself. i could’nt go through a day of work without my PSP slim. i love that thing. heres to ten years of working with my PSP.

by the way his name says it all, iKiddo. he likes kid games like mario and barbie.