Piano Black PSP Is The Last PSP

By Spencer . April 7, 2014 . 11:20pm

imageWith more gamers moving over to PlayStation Vita, Sony has started limiting PSP production. All other PSP models have been discontinued except the Piano Black PSP-3000 in Japan.


While that’s the standard PSP model in North America, PSP systems came in all colors of the rainbow in Japan. Radiant Red, Bright Yellow, Spirited Green, and Vibrant Blue from the Carnival Colors series plus Blossom Pink were the last PSP colors. All three of those systems were released in 2012.


There are some Japanese developers, mostly otome or visual novel publishers, releasing PSP games. Xseed still has a PSP game, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, scheduled for release in the West and we hear another RPG from a smaller Japanese developer may come over too.







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  • Firion Hope

    Theres also Toukiden extreme.

    Honestly I really loved the system, it was the best portable emulator ever. I’m glad it kept going as long as it has and that its given us some awesome games

  • JonathanisPrimus

    Come December PSP will be 10 years old. That’s a good life.

    • Namuro

      “Uncle Kaz, when is PSP coming back?”

      “It…needs to be alone.”

      “I wonder if I’ll ever see it again…”

      “PSP…had a good life. It needs some time to rest.” *sniff*

      • Nu Blitz

        The PSP will NEVER DIE!

        • Ric Vazquez


  • Earthjolly

    just kill the thing already to improve vita sales

  • Xmas Lopez

    So how long do I have to wait until they make a Vita in that exact shade of blue available in the states?

    Has Sony made vita dev kits available to such developers in Japan? Presumably, the best way to make the vita succeed is to try to get a library similar in genres to the psp. I have no idea as to the vita’s Japanese library.

    • … Shoot, I’d almost want to buy a new Vita if they came out in blue… (though I like my launch unit regardless, ahahahh…)

      • Raharu95

        Same here

      • MasterofMidnight

        You could always import a blue one. I’m not even sure it’d be that much more expensive.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Most of the PSP’s titles were bizzare niche games with way too much text to translate and not enough of an audience for companies to justify it. I’ve liked a lot of these games, but I don’t think it would make the Vita succeed (at least in the west)

  • Tom

    My PSP is white and I love it! But the analog stick is a bit jerky. My old PS3 was piano black I loved it too until it fried it’s own ass…

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    We need iPS Vita Galaxy S5

    • nonscpo

      That was an April fools joke, and no we really don’t need one of those.

  • xzeldax3

    My PSP was a great handheld which could do so much for its time. Browsing the web on it felt like the future, using my mp3s in games, having a full blown GTA(!), ah those were the days. Now my phone can do everything it can (except nothing can replace physical buttons).

  • new_tradition

    My first PSP was a black phat 1000 model. I bought it used since I didn’t have much money at the time, but I loved playing with it. Loved it so much that I lost the cover for the analog stick and played it bare for a while even after. Bought a replacement cover off ebay eventually, but my thumb smarted for a while, lol.

    But when Birth by Sleep was in the horizon, I decided to buy a new PSP (actually the first time ever I bought essentially the same device twice). Got a purple slim 3000 as part of some Hanna Montana bundle that was on sale. Traded in the game that came with it and got a surprising 6 bucks for it to boot, so I was pretty happy ^^

    I really do love the PSP. Great games and the awesome bonus of PS1 compatibility, with the system itself being stellar. I watched so many movies/shows on it, listened to hours of music (I would even take it with me everywhere and have it in my packet with that huge emboss on my more tight pants, olol), and whipped it out whenever I had a spare 5+ minutes. Couldn’t tell you how many Free Battles in Dissidia I played that way xD

    • Aci

      Same here. I got it as a congratulation’s gift from my super rich uncle for my junior high exams. He told me that if I get good grades, he’ll get me a laptop or a new phone. But I told him, just get me a psp. And so he did. That motivated me to study really hard and its was so satisfying when i got it.

      The psp surprised a lot of my friends and family that it can do a lot of things like playing music, taking pictures (using the add on), play videos, surf the internet kinda like a phone. I enjoyed playing patapon, locoroco, disgaea, wild arms xf and birth by sleep on the psp. I bring it everywhere with me when i need to kill time. Its been 6 years and now I own both vita and psp. I’m still playing both as well :)

  • Keine

    bring more colors to the west… black and white arent the only colors you know…

    • GH56734

      They killed it in the West four years ago, from a software standpoint.

  • dahuuuundge

    I still have my blue PSP 3000.Good times were had playing a mahjong game with 3 other friends during lunch time.

  • I like the gold, the blue, and the pink one.

  • RichyGaming

    The vita has SO MUCH potential.

    • dboyz

      had so much potential …

    • MasterofMidnight

      Indeed. But I predict it’ll be at least another year, if not two, before the Vita starts coming into its own with a steady stream of games, even from Japan.

    • Tyler Beale

      Yet Sony continues to not unleash it, instead using their powers to keep hackers at bay. Seriously, just let hackers do their thing (I actually WANT to see it jailbroken or CFW’d, but I don’t want to see piracy fuck up the Vita like it did with the PSP.)

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    I had my PSP 2000 for seven years. R.I.P old friend (2007-2013).

  • laurenhiya21

    Man I really need to get more PSP games… My awesome green PSP isn’t getting enough love ;-;

  • The PSP is still my most used handheld and still gets love to this day. Mostly due to its giant range of capabilities with hacking. I know horrible me hacking a console how dare I!
    …But you gotta admit having your entire NES, SNES, Neo Geo, Genesis/SegaCD and GB/GBC/GBA library all at the same time digitally portable AND with TV Out is awesome. Though SNES emulation is kinda eh for the PSP it does its job. Then there’s the official PS Classics and PSX emulation which further make the handheld like a wet dream come true for me.
    I even went ahead and ripped my original PSX discs and memory cards to play them on the PSP. No more FMV crashes in Chrono Cross! Suspend play when I get bored in Final Fantasy Origins instead of hurrying to an inn! Portability! <3

    Of course the PSP still has exclusive titles I play to this day like Dracula X Chronicles and the PSP Tales games which I adore. And KH Birth By Sleep, Megaman Powered Up, Maverick Hunter X, Dissidia and others. Oh and let's not forget Power Stones Collection, which still sees some action with my friends~~ I still buy new titles for the console and I might get more exclusive games for it than I did for my PSX .

    I like the console for what many would consider all the wrong reasons, but that doesn't really mean I didn't have fun with it or I still do. I still use it nearly weekly and damn I think it'll be a mainstay in my pocket :)
    It's a convenient retro gaming portable console for me. I own a giant library of games but space and moving stuff around is an issue and college and work make it almost impossible for me to play properly without suspending the games. It all makes it so convenient for me! Specially long train travels! If only it could handle N64 games I'd be set for life!

    But yeah, while it might die in the market and the masses will forget about it, I'll still keep playing you PSP~

  • Audie Bakerson

    Gaijinworks also has a mystery PSP title they are working out the final contract on before announcing.

    There have been various hints given: major publisher, turn based, part of a subgenre, not Suikoden, Venus and Braves, Over my Dead Body or VC3. It’s apparently a “more well-known title” that wouldn’t have major problems reaching the sales needed for a physical release, so you can count out obscure stuff no one has ever heard of. Also ” the deal is important for what it portends beyond this first game.” but no idea what that means.

    Only things I’ve seen that match all that are Atelier Judie/Violet (TK is still outsourcing translations, so the “portends beyond this first game” could make sense) and Summon Night 3/4/5 (SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!). I’ve seen Tengai Makyou speculation, but they aren’t really in any subgenre

    • Gramnad Atelier would fit that profile, and would also excite me, though I’d be less sanguine if they start with Judie. That game is *rough* compared to its classic stablemates.

      Also yes Summon Night would be the thing that actually gets me throwing money at Vic Ireland again. Like I would literally find him and throw dollar bills in his face.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    It died here pretty early thanks to the piracy. Shame, we would had have quite a good titles that were left unlocalized. Fan translations is all that is left now…

    • Audie Bakerson

      PSP was dead in the water BEFORE piracy (seriously, look at the sales before CFW), so I have no idea how you reach that conclusion.

      It died thanks to UMD, battery (mostly thanks to needing to spin the UMD), load times (UMD again), costs, memory stick, lack of software support, mismarketing and loads of other stuff.

      Piracy did nothing to the PSP except make its hardware sales artificially high in the west (as pirates would have never bought the system, let alone games).

      • Lastlight

        My DS had worse battery life than my PSP…just saying

  • protofox

    I still play my psp-2000 on a daily basis. i take it apart form time to time, clean it, check the buttons, screen still scratch free, new colored buttons, new battery and ,custom firmware, ive done what i can to keep it alive and keep it fun and new. with dissidia 012 mods, sega,snes emulators,to custom menus to many other customizations(that should and shouldnt be mentioned)i will say its done a plentiful job for me since i got it 2007 still does as 5 mins ago i was playing it :) not enough is on vita for me to update yet. so ill put it off for as long as i can

  • Rytan

    I got my PSP at the end of 2012 and still haven’t had time to play anything for it. I promise, I’ll get to you soon. ;_;

  • Kelohmello

    I thought Trails in the Sky SC wasn’t coming to PSP? What happened there?

  • alixraen

    I wonder if I could import one of these color models new for cheap. My old silver 2000 still works (!) after eight years, but the battery cover doesn’t stay in, the stick is all worn down and the screen is scratched to hell. Absolutely brilliant system though, I’d play it a ton more for sure if it wasn’t in such bad of shape…

  • Ricardo C

    I’ll buy 2 more black PSPs. Why? Because I wanna show my grand kids awesome games and relive them when Im old! Jk, but no seriously, I’ll buy 2 more because I plan on still playing my Digimon games for a long long time, they’re basically keeping my PSP alive.

  • Kornelious

    The PSP was a great system, but the Vita is too, just because the PSP is leaving doesn’t mean it’s forgotten….The Vita will live on for the sake of the PSP, and for the sake of us…………
    Took me 5 hours to come up with that lol, but tis the truth!

  • Rinne111

    please let it be Fate/Extra CCC

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