Originally Posted by Orlando
niche market? Have you got any idea just how big the handheld gaming market is?
The size of the handheld gaming market is irrelevant, this device is still for a niche market (gamers or even just hardcore gamers). It's not going to be a "mainstream" consumer or business product.
PSP sales are about 4% of the smartphone market and <1% of the total phone market. The phone market is growing, as is the smart phone segment. PSP sales are not.
So even if we assume all PSP purchases go towards the PSP Phone it's only going to account for a 4% market share shift (of the current
market) toward Android. That would be great for Sony, but hardly enough to make Apple worry.
For a real impact on the smartphone market Sony needed to make their PSP store available for all Android phones (or at least ones that met certain hardware criteria).
They could have had touch only
games for devices without buttons and PSP games
for devices with buttons, and the entire thing could have tied into the PSN.