So Far, Sony Sold More PS2s Than PSPs This Year

By Spencer . October 29, 2010 . 2:14am

imageSales of PSP hardware dropped sharply between April and September of this year. Sony reports 2.7 million PSP units were sold, down from 4.3 million units during the same period in 2009.


PlayStation 2 hardware sales outpaced the PSP with 3.1 million units during the first half of fiscal year 2010. Sony sold 3.5 million PS2s between April and September last year. While there is discrepancy, Sony forecasts PSP sales will be stronger with 8 million by March 31, 2011 compared to 6 million PS2s.


Calendar year* PSP sales are 4.1 million units while PS2 sales are at 4.8 million units.


PlayStation 3 sales are up with 5.9 million consoles sold between April and September. Last year, Sony sold 4.3 million PS3s during the same period. Calendar year PS3 sales are at 8.1 million consoles.


*Calculated from Q4 fiscal year 2009 sales data plus sales data from the first half of fiscal year 2010, i.e. the period between January to September 31.

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  • Ereek

    It’s amazing that the PS2 is still selling that many at all.

    Not that it’s a bad thing, the PS2 deserves all the love it has received.

    • It sure does , i still see many people in my country buying Ps2s when i go to big retailers . Ps2 is preety popular arround here , so are the games.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        What country might you be in?

        • Guess what 360 is only famous in America period.

          But honestly I still play on my PS2

          And still playing persona 4

          31st time with a time of 908 hours of game-play and I’m serious!!

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Nah I didn’t mean that question in any derogatory way. It’s just he/she mentioned “my country”, people from the US generally don’t say that (assuming this is a site mostly visited by Americans); I was curious is all.I own a PS2 myself with like 80+ games I still play and a PS3 with 10 games.

            EDIT: 31 times and 908 hours is a lot. That’s impressive.

    • They are specially famous in countries where (sadly) piracy is popular, there is not a single place here where you cant find a pirated ps2 game, they sell the ps2s already “chipped” and with some pirated games. This is what makes the xbox360 so popular here as well, stores already sell them chipped and pirated games (of course the ps3 is stronger in this part) so i see xbox everywhere more than ps3s, i never liked the xbox anyway, but i guess these are the consequences for the games being so expensive… good thing (and thanks to god) i have a way to bring the games in a reasonable price -.-ยด’. Oh! they also sell the wii chipped, i just remembered lol… *sigh*

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        I think the 360 is more popular because it came out first and the basic model is cheaper. Live, around since the original xbox days, is more developed than the PSN and also a major attraction.

        I managed to nab my PS3 like-new for $275 on Craigslist years ago. It’s been serving me well ever since. I usually wait until games are cheap or when there are deals, like at $20-30. It takes a while after the games come out, but I have a backlog to occupy me.

      • The 360 is more popular in the states because first, it had a year lead, and secondly and most importantly, they know how to hype their stuff way better than Sony ever could. They can make a mediocre game seem like something the kids absolutely have to have. Look at their pimping of Kinect on Oprah recently. That’s going to sell those units, even if they’re actually crap.

        Not to mention, Sony came out of the game really poorly between their price, Ken Kutaragi’s counterproductive public statements, and his dropping the ball when it came to securing exclusives. The whole “PS3 has no games” thing started in those days and while it’s far from true, I still find myself having to convince people that the games they actually DO want to play are on PS3.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      I think the unfathomably massive library of diverse games spanning 10 years really helps to continue attracting new buyers. My personal backlog for the PS2 is huge. Half of it is from the bargain bin in the late years of the system’s life. If I see an interesting game for cheap, I snatch it up to play later. Of course, it never happens and I just end up with games that I have yet to find time for.

  • d19xx

    Mission finally accomplished, eh Sony America. Viral marketing, racy ads, Marcus, etc… I’m surprised it took you this long to destroy the psp’s image…..

  • I told you man, they should still relive PS2!

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Yea with sales so strong it makes me wonder why at least some devs don’t keep making games for it.

      • Joanna

        If Sakura Wars 5 is anything to go by, retailers don’t want to stock PS2 games. As for why, I have no idea. Seems like the whole industry is hung up on newer = better, at least in NA (Japan has a steady stream of PS2 games still).

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          I swear if that stigma didn’t exist the PS2 could have gone on for another 3-4 years with good modest budget games easily.

  • malek86

    Looks like the PS3 is doing great, at least.

    And the PSP2 can’t come soon enough.

    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi
      • Serge73

        That’s all rumor and fan-mock ups though. And if it is true, things don’t sound finalized at all…

        • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

          The pictures are mock-up, yeah, but all of these sources giving the same information seems too big of a coincidence to all be rumors. Either way, yeah, things aren’t finalized, but it should still be coming within a year or two

      • malek86

        Yep, I did. And it makes me especially wary. It looks like they are trying to compete with the iPad or something.Also, bigger? HD screen? Touchpad? I thought one of their primary issues should have been battery life.

        That doesn’t bode well, if you ask me.

        • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

          The touch pad is on the back, though. So it’s not like an iPad but more like a mousepad (:3). But I mean, the iPad is taking a noticeable portion of handheld gaming away from both of the giants. I agree. Battery life was comparatively low with the PSP, and there was actually another article

          this makes me think that the battery life is still going to be low if it has to power such a beast of a handheld. Also, they said the 3DS battery life will be shorter than the DS, which makes sense since it has to do more as well with the 3D screen. But if the PSP2 is as powerful as the 360, I have a feeling you’ll only be able to play for a few hours tops, unless they slap on some super huge battery that weighs more than the system itself.

          • kylehyde

            Just for clarification, about the 3DS battery, is said that is going to be lower than a DSlite but aimed to be equal in life to a DSi only kotaku confirmed this, but many sites also.

          • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

            Oh, I didn’t know that the DSi had a lower battery life than the DSL. I figured it would have the longest of all of them unless you’re taking picture after picture after picture. Interesting….also, is aclaration even a word? I keep reading it everywhere but I’ve looked online, I’ve looked in all of my dictionaries and can’t find it anywhere. I get what it means but…

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            The rear trackpad idea sounds so crazy and I’m sure devs will find amazing uses for it, but right now I can’t imagine how it works. And I like the bewildering unknown. I’m actually more excited about how this could mean a new way to play my games rather than 3D tacked onto existing ways of play.

          • kylehyde

            Alright I make mistake i was going to say “clarification”. Anyway this doesn’t change the fact that the 3DS battery life is not going be lower than the DS. It will be lower than a DSlite? unfortunately the answer is yes.


        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Hmm… Battery life is important to me too but it’s gotta have *something* distinguishes it from the 3DS. The PSP’s selling point over the DS was the graphics, the screen and analog stick. These features seem to be along those lines. Well then, what you you like to see in a PSP2?

          • lostinblue

            That selling point failed to make a difference though, other than meaning a lower profit percentage for Sony.

            They ought to focus on turning a profit before focusing on overblowing technology.

      • kylehyde

        As I experienced with the 3DS I have to give you an advice is that to take the rumours and “filtrations” with a grain of salt. For example:-It was said that the 3D was going to have the Tegra chip, many media believe it and in the it wasn’t (it was a pica 200).-It was said that the 3DS was going to have their 2 screens so close that it could be used as one, in the end it end the gap between them was still very remarkable.-It was said that the 3DS was going to have capabilities near to the 360, this was easily the most silly of the rumours. I’ve never believe it in first place, mostly because one of the most important things in nintendo handhelds were the baterry life (and as I mentioned before is aimed to be similar in life to the DSi and it was confirmed by the same nintendo), strangely, many media believe it, and some dared to confirm it. In the end even that some games has displayed really good graphichs, those are not close to the 360, many felt dissapointed because they believed that “nintendo said” when in first place they didn’t said nothing about that or other of those supposed “leaks”, it were the “sources” (which were never mentioned by name or pseudonim, something not ethical in journalism) used by the many gaming sites.Is true that some rumours could end being truth, but most of them would wont. Sorry if I sounded harsh, but unfortunately is more harder when one see the results and are not same as the expectations.

        • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

          Oh, I know. I’m not expecting to see most of that to come to fruition. I was just passing along some information I read to one who was looking forward to the PSP2

  • Is this worldwide or just in North America? If it’s worldwide, maybe it’ll prompt more companies to stop putting perfectly good games (*cough* Valkyria Chronicles 2 & 3 *cough*) on the PSP, instead of PS3.

    • Serge73

      Just North America. EDIT: I mean, as far as PS2 outselling the PSP. I don’t know what the sales numbers are for, but in Japan PSP is usually pretty close to best selling system every week, usually battling it out with the DS…

      • Okay, if it’s just North America, then nevermind. lol. That’s why I asked, since I knew how well it was doing in Japan, but if the PS2 still outsold it…you get me.

      • andref

        I don’t know, it just seems that the PSP is selling close to the numbers of one version of the DS but overall the DS is kicking its butt in Japan IMO

        • Isnt that a bit extreme and exaggerated? You meak it seem like the PSP is selling abysmally low

          • andref

            i guess so but i still have a right to my own opinion but seeing the sales charts and adding up the figures for each one, DS still is outselling it by a pretty good margin

          • Serge73

            Andref is right, DS usually does beat it. It closer though when a big game releases for PSP though…

    • These are worldwide sales numbers for both systems from Sony’s Q2 fiscal year 2010 presentation.

      • Ah, worldwide…then I return to my original statement.

  • Time to fire that annoying PSP kid.

    • Guest

      Why? His good looks and personality is obviously winning people over/sarcasm

    • glemtvapen

      That kid just has the look that you just want to bury your fist into.

  • I still need to get a PS2, is it too late? I really want to play Tales of the Abyss..basically for me its come down to PS Move OR PS2 for December.

    • Actually, While the PS2 is Great and I highly Reccomend it, as I still Play mine to this day, the 3DS will have a Tales of the Abyss (Remake/Port/w/e) and since that’s a newer system, maybe you would enjoy that one more. Just food for thought.

      • A 3DS port that isn’t going to be released here so you are better off with the PS2 version.

        • Has that already been announced? If it Has, then yeah, go ahead and grab the ps2 Version.

          @YFU Hey wait a Second. You said you’ve never played anything PrepS2 yet you don’t even have a PS2…What HAVE you played? @[email protected]

          • I bought a gamecube in 2005, then 2006 the powerful consoles came out. I had a gameboy color and advance for just basically pokemojn (cause everyone had pokemon) and golden sun. But I never had a PS2, all that Ive seen of PS2’s were just peoples recorded gameplay sessions on the youtube, which has always intrigued me of some of the RPGs on it.

          • So you’ve had maybe 4 systems in your whole life and have the nerve to bash older systems? Well, at least have SOME good Taste (Golden Sun ftw. I enjoyed the heck outta Pokemon when I was a kid, so I can’t blameyou for that).

          • In terms of consoles Ive only bought a Gamecube, Wii, and PS3. I bought the Gamecube so late in the lifetime that I only bought Baten Katiso and Tales of Symphonia for it, and then they stopped making Gamecube games. I was so mad because I bought it and then the Wii was given a release date a month after I bought it :(

            Wii was disappointing though I played around with the Virtual Console and got Sonic the Hedgehog 2, cause Sonic is epic.

            PS3, well it was graphically impressive and cool and all games have like voice acting. It was and is my perfect system.

            With over 40 games on my PS3, I guess I just cant appreciate past games. I dont bash older systems purposefully; its just well, my view is that well I cant stop comparing them to what is available on the market now :(

        • Serge73

          You can’t quite say that yet. I know odds aren’t great with all the DS and Wii Tales games not coming, but it hasn’t been outright said that it won’t come, right?

          I’m not counting on it or anything, but I think the odds are just very slightly better since it could be like the only RPG in town for a while on the 3DS…

          • Not to Mention that all the Voice Acting for it is Already done.

          • That’s the same argument PS3 owners used to use when we had hope for Tales of Vesperia being localized.

        • Yeah, which is why I want to get Abyss. Even if it does get released in the West for the 3DS, I could get Abyss for the here and now.

          • lostinblue

            I advise you to wait for a cleaned up 3DS version.

            I had to install a HDD system on my PS2 in order to go around Tales of the Abyss loadings. The game is heavily unoptimized, you have a battle in the world map and then wait 15/25 seconds with a black screen waiting for it to come back to the place you were. Not to mention that worldmap runs at 15/20 frames per second. (with the HDD the loadings are all gone, but the framerate stays the same)

            It’s always a good time to get a PS2, but not for Tales of the Abyss I wager; I doubt I could have finished that game in it’s standard form and I’m a Tales-tard, so that’s saying a lot.

      • Any other PS2 game suggestions? I know Persona 4 and Tales of the Abyss are ones I want now, but I dont want to miss on other great PS2 games.

        • Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
          Zone of the Enders: the 2nd Runner
          Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
          Odin Sphere
          Phantom Brave
          Soul Nomad and the World Eaters
          Gitaroo Man
          Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
          Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
          Motherfuckin’ God Hand, the greatest beat em up of all time
          Technic Beat
          Tales of Legendia
          Devil May Cry 1/3
          Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
          Shadow of the Colossus
          Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
          Guilty Gear XX Accent Core+
          Katamari Damacy/We <3 Katamari
          Timesplitters 2

          And honestly I suggest ditching Tales of the Abyss. The writing is awful, and the cool battle system and post-game content really don't make up for all of the technical issues the game has, with embarrassing load times, random freezing and hideous jaggies being just a few. Persona 4 is great though.

          • I would add the Level 5 games to that list.

        • You should get Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts 2, .hack series, and Fatal Frame series, depending on your taste in games. Sounds like you’re into the JRPGs, so some of that’s covered in the list above. If you’re gonna play P4, play Persona 3 FES first. If you go backwards you’ll kinda wish you hadn’t because 4 had improvements. I say FES over the PSP version since it has the extra story (although its about a dumb character and insanely difficult). Ugh, on that note, how could I forget! Get all the Shin Megami Tensei games… (Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2, Devil Summoner 1 and 2.. ect.)
          Oh, and if you’ve never had an older console, get an SNES at least.

          • LOL at getting all Shin Megami Tensei games. Easier said than done.

        • The Kingdom Hearts Series, Arc the Lad:twilight of the spirits, Wild Arms 4&5(never played 3)Final Fantasy X & X-2(I liked them >.>). I’m sure there’re more, but those are the first that come to mind.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          I would add ICO, Psychonauts, Bully, Ace Combat 5, Beyond Good and Evil, Klonoa 2, DOA 2: Hardcore, and Radiata Stories. Otherwise these are excellent lists. My advice is, always try new things (even if they aren’t the most current games), and you never know when you might discover something you didn’t know you liked before.

          • If he already has a PS3, I’d say he shouldn’t waste his time buying the PS2 versions of Beyond Good & Evil, Ico, or Shadow of the Colossus, when the PS3 versions are coming next year.

            Not to imply those games are bad. They’re actually great (well, BG&E and SOTC are. Never played Ico), but might as well get the HD versions with trophies next year.

        • Let’s see……oh, and I’m NOT going to separate hard from easy games for you, as you’re just going to have to learn to get better eventually…Anyway, I recommend, from looking at my own collection (this is not every game I own, just ones from it I think you definitely should experience):Ar Tonelico I & IIDevil May Cry 1 & 3Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2Disgaea 1 & 2Dragon Quest 8Final Fantasy XFinal Fantasy X-2GTA: Vice CityKiller 7Mana Khemia 1 & 2MaximoMetal Gear Solid 3Odin SphereOkamiPersona 3 FESPersona 4Resident Evil 4Rogue GalaxySakura WarsShadow HeartsShadow Hearts: CovenantShadow Hearts: From the New WorldShin Megami Tensei: NocturneSuikoden III-VViewtiful JoeWild Arms: Alter Code FWild Arms 3-5 (I don’t own them, but my bass player tells me they’re good)Xenosaga 1-3 (2 sucks, but since it’s all one story, it’s worth suffering through to get to 3)Y’s: The Ark of Napishtim

          I’d also suggest God Hand, but if easy mode Bayonetta is too hard for you, God Hand will literally murder you.

      • I find that playing RPGSs on the portables just don’t have the same epic feel as playing them on consoles though. As much as I liked Tales of Hearts, it just felt too… small to me, if that makes any sense. (And no it wasn’t because of the lack of a real world map, I think it’s more of just having so little space on the screen for the sprites to move around? I dunno. :p)

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      PS2, no question about it. Never too late. It has many games, thousands, of all shapes and sizes, double rainbows and robot unicorns. More games than the PS3 currently has, more games than the Move will ever have. More diversity and high quality games than any current console has, really. The only “drawback” is the graphics… which aren’t bad unless you have a 40″+ 1080P HDTV. But for the love of God don’t let that stop you.

  • This is really sad news, the PSP has been my favorite console this gen! Playing imports like Project Diva, currently playing P3:P and waiting for all those xseed Falcom releases it seems I won’t put my PSP down for a while.

    • PSP has been my favorite handheld. DS has been nice for occasional offerings though (Super Robot Wars, Naruto, Pokemon, and the soon Golden Sun), but with my 30 PSP games…well, thats where fun is…AND I get both Yugioh Tag Force 5 and ZHP today, so excited to spend some time with my PSP.

  • puchinri

    Honestly, I want a PSP, but I can only think of two or three games I want to play. And I would have been buying a new PS2 the other day if I hadn’t popped mine open and cleaned the lens.

    I’m glad the PS2 is still going strong.

    • Joanna

      There are a few games I’m interested in on the PSP: Birth by Sleep, Crisis Core, Ys, and Persona. And I’ve contemplated getting one as well, but when I look at my backlog (100+ unfinished game, half of them not even opened), I just can’t justify buying another system. :(

      • puchinri

        I’m kind of mixed about Ys, but that is another title that interests me. (And now there will be three Persona games on it, so with Lunar and HM, it is more tempting.)

        Oh my goodness, that too. I don’t have as many (I kinda wish I did, haha!), but I have so many games that need finishing and starting. I actually had to sit there and at least open some so I wouldn’t feel so bad about not getting to them.

        (Honestly, I feel like I should not be even considering a new system, but I admit I am willing to buy a 3DS on launch day even if I had the money, which makes me feel like I shouldn’t be so iffy about a PSP, but the library differences do a play a part too.)

        • Joanna

          I’m actually holding out on buying the 3DS precisely because of my backlog and because there will be better colors/ a revision. Although, I’ll probably end up snatching up a 3DS once the Layton-Phoenix crossover game makes it over here. That game is too epic to pass up. xD

          I also wasn’t going to get a PS3…but I ended up getting one since this console generation seems like it shall be around for awhile (at least I hope so). I do try to stick with one console and handheld each generation, makes my life easier since I can give more games the attention they need.

          • puchinri

            I was thinking of that too, but I figure I probably won’t be able to resist the games we get once the 3DS is released here. And sure enough, if Mask of Miracles or the crossover makes it over shortly after, that would be reason enough to get it! >u<

            Oh man, exact same for me. I didn't have an HD TV and didn't feel too eager for the PS3, but I realized passing it up was just going to torment me. (But now that I realize how many shmups the Xbox has, I kind of want one.) Same here. I prefer to go with one, or at least wait until prices go down, but this year I managed to go with two consoles. (But I guess it has been a good one or two years for gaming, so I won't complain.)

  • I didn’t even realize PS2s still sold that well since I have the original, backwards compatible PS3…it was worth tha price to me :)

  • Schwer_Muta

    On one hand, the PS2 is the best console ever and I’m glad it’s still getting sales.

    On the other, I really like my PSP and I’m sad that it’s not.

    I feel so torn.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      As long as new games keep coming out for it you’ll be fine.

  • cj_iwakura

    I love the PSP, but Sony are apparently dead set on having it fail, so whatever, I’m keeping my 2000. The Go and the PSP2 can bite me.

    Don’t screw over an existing market in favor of a new one that’s going to ignore you anyway.

    And I’m bloody sick of awesome games coming out with the wall of ‘oh no now I have to get a PSP’ responses. The console always has had great games. Either support the console or don’t.

    • Dead Set on having it fail? Bloody sick? what?

      I do not see where this perspective comes from. This year
      A) PSP Go released to appeal to a small segment of consumers. Rather than fragment the market and halt PSP3000 sales, sold simultatenously for higher price, and with free vouchers for games. People who held off buying a PSP only for key games purchased the device
      B) Sony started releasing games for just $29.99 or $19.99 new. Other developers followed suite.
      C) Sony titles released simultatenously digitally and on UMD. Most publishers followed the same
      D) Sony launched new campaign for it, visible advertising efforts by third partys to get show games
      E) Quite a few of major titles released to appeal to people: God of War, Peace Walker, Birth By Sleep, Hot Shots Tennis, third party devs with on going support for psp localization deals and just new games; what was the count over 70 new PSP games through Spring of next year.

      I think Sony is doing an excellent job at keeping it afloat. Sure its easy to be blinded by the large numbers of Ninty DS sales and rising iPhone/iPod Touch sales, but it isnt like the device is causing losses for publishers, for Sony corp, and for content providers. If anything, this, the 6th-7th year, it has built a large enough fanbase to justify a PSP2 and has garnished enough support that it should start out pretty healthy when it comes.

      And I’m bloody sick of awesome games coming out with the wall of ‘oh no now I have to get a PSP’ responses. The console always has had great games. Either support the console or don’t.”

      I wholeheartedly agree!

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