PSP Sell-In Tops 50 Million Worldwide
Everyone loves to talk about how the PSP is struggling - go ahead and search all the doom and gloom articles - but Sony simply maintains its dedication to the handheld and, as a result, is able to release some pretty decent numbers.
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that the "cumulative worldwide sell-in units of the PSP (PSP-1000, 2000, and 3000 series) reached a total of 50 million units as of January 2009." If you've already forgotten, the first PlayStation portable system launched in December 2004 in Japan, March 2005 in North America, May 2005 in the Asian region, and September 2005 in Europe/PAL territories. As you just saw, the PSP has gone through three iterations thus far, and during that time, the unit got slimmer, lighter, and was outfitted with a better LCD screen. Plenty of new features have been added as well, including Skype, a built-in microphone, and PlayStation Network access, and let's not forget about its connectivity with the PlayStation 3. As far as software goes, there are now more than 2,000 titles available worldwide, "with cumulative software sell-in units reaching 200 million to date." That Network access lets you log on to the Store and pick up downloadable games, too; there are now over 500 titles available for purchase online (like those awesome PS1 classics). Sony foresees more sales and better performance in the future, so here's hoping 2009 turns out to be another great year.
There was a time when the PSP couldn't touch the Nintendo DS, but it has now outsold the DS in Japan many times - mostly thanks to Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G - and 2008 was the unit's best year to date. Our guess is...this thing isn't going anywhere. Could still use more software, though!
2/13/2009 Ben Dutka