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.
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