Originally Posted by Carniphage
I thought this stuff was well known.
You can look on Wikipedia to compare unit sales of top-selling PSP vs. PS3 titles.
Sony's game division has been losing money for a few years
(2006,2007,2008,2009) - and those numbers are public.
Try googling "Sony game division losses"
The majority of the losses came from PS3 - but PSP did nothing to reduce that.
It's not hard to find a list of new PSP titles.
It's a very short list.
Uh, the PSP has sold about half as many units as the DS - definitely not a failure in terms of sales.
I can't speak to whether it has been a huge moneymaker for Sony, but it has dozens of fantastic games that put most iOS games to shame. They also cost $30 rather than 99 cents, but sometimes you get what you pay for!
I own and enjoy games on all three platforms but the PSP is a beautiful system that remains my favorite gaming handheld. It has aged so well, it's hard to believe that it came out in 2005.
Quality matters. If you have a PSP, you should strongly consider some of the great games that came out this past year including Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Ys Seven, Persona 3 Portable, God of War: Ghost Of Sparta, Valkyria Chronicles II. Unlike the DS (which I also like quite a bit), the PSP gives you a console-class experience on a handheld. It also has those "buttons" which the iPhone so annoyingly lacks...
As much as I like Zelda, Mario, Prof. Layton, etc. on the DS, or Chaos Rings and Carcassonne on the iPad, there's no way I'd give up my PSP!
Now let's see about this PSP2/NGP: Dual touchpads? 5 inch display with iPhone 4-ish pixel count? Two real analog sticks? Cellular as well as WiFi? Sony exclusives like Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Turismo and God of War, not to mention everything on PSN? Sign me up!
The PSP2 will also be a success in Japan as long as they come out with Monster Hunter.