Sony Ending PSP Shipments In Japan This June

By Spencer . June 3, 2014 . 12:20am

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PSP had a great run since it launched in 2004. Sony’s handheld made the Monster Hunter a phenomenon and has a healthy supply of RPGs including Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes series. Alas, it’s time to say good bye to the PSP. Sony will stop shipping new systems in June.

 

Sony is running a promotion to get users to upgrade. If you live in Japan and own a PSP you can trade it in to get credit towards a PlayStation Vita or PlayStation Vita TV. PSPgo and PSP-2000 series systems are worth 2,000 yen. The PSP-3000 series will be worth 4,000 yen. The promotion will last between June 3 to August 29 and vouchers must be used by October 31, 2014.


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  • xAtKx

    Sad to see it happen, but knew it was only a matter of time. It was a good ride.

  • Shippoyasha

    End of an era. It was such an amazing run in Japan and I hope Japanese gamers who loved the PSP can jump aboard the Vita.

    I would love for all the PSP franchises and anime/otaku/niche gaming that was so popular to continue to thrive. The market needs more active gamers.

    • spyro20

      did you know that there are some or most of the BEST japanese psp games ever made that can ONLY be played on the psp?

  • Bacon_n_Lettuce

    My PSP’s face buttons are starting to fall apart, the power switch doesn’t work half the time, and the UMD drive’s broken (I blame too much of Project Diva’s extreme mode). Looks like I should pick up a new one sooner rather than later!

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Rest in Peace, PSP. Hopefully, Overseas will someday acknowledge your successor’s greatness and actually made games for Vita.

  • fyi1191

    Leave the controls to your successor, oh great PSP.

  • AndyLC

    A good system

    • Jadfish

      beat me to it~

    • fairysun

      A good system? It’s a great system !!

  • saxophone15

    I’m actually a little excited about this because it might get some more Japanese developers to finally transition to Vita.

    • Spicydicey

      That’s true, Japan practically carry Sony’s handhelds.

  • Nu Blitz

    I’ll always remember it as the greatest handheld ever.

  • Ultimate Gattai

    PSP, you had a good run. Or at least you did in Japan. Pity the foreigners never treated as well when you went abroad. At least the Vita is getting a bit more love over seas with all the unlikely localizations we’re getting.

    • Duo Maxwell

      It sold roughly 56 millions outside of Japan, though. I know mostly because of piracy, but it isn’t anywhere bad hardware wise, and software wise is around 300 millions, which is around the 3DS’ rate, so I’m not really sure why there are people who thought the PSP is a failure..

      • awang0718

        The 3DS looks like it will sell a lot more than just 300 million games, but I do agree with you. the PSP deserves more respect in terms of sales.

  • Raziel Kõbe

    Patapon, Peace Walker, Dissidia, Birth by Sleep, Dracula X, Liberty City Stories… My last game Danganronpa. Good memories :)

  • Göran Isacson

    That’ll do, PSP. That’ll do. History will remember you as one of the valiant ones. Question is where your successors go from here…

  • KingGunblader

    I still play Dissidia 012 on mine.

    YOU’RE STILL ALIVE IN MY HEART.

    • SMT

      I’d throw a lot of money at Sony and SE if they give me a new Dissidia with built-in online…
      I spent around 150 hours on each Dissidia, and that’s with barely going online.

      • MaidKillua

        Apparently the guy who was in charge of Dissidia (I always forget names) really wants to make a third one. Though there was no word on if that means it’s happening or not

        • SMT

          I remember that, it was in one of those articles about the meetings in the SE “Special board with the great developers (also Toriyama is in there for some reason)” and the guy behind Dissidia and Theatrhythm mentioned that what he wants to do is another Dissidia, and the way it was worded hinted that there’s enough support in SE to make it happen, but it will take a while because they’ve yet to work on it and they’re not sure if it can be the closest project.

          • MaidKillua

            If it’s happening we’ll probably see it at TGS. I doubt they’d make enough in time for E3 and even if they could they’d consider FF15 and KH3 way more important.

  • SMT

    Goodbye old friend. I only got you at the beginning of 2008, but you were amazing and had some of the best games I’ve ever played.

    Now I’ll wait for the VITA to hopefully shape in your image, because I want to get one but its library isn’t nearly as good as yours…

    • Ronldbx6

      There’s no games that I’m really interested in on Vita. Psp library was awesome.

      • SMT

        I got some good ones for free from PS Plus just waiting for the inevitable Vita (Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Muramasa and this month’s Dragon’s Crown)… It’s not that there aren’t any good games on the Vita, it’s just that there’s no “System Seller” for me, like Bravely Default and Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS…

        But even the PSP had a slow start and only became what it is 3-4 years after launch. I’m still hopeful.

  • kassandra

    we have yet to play final fantasy type 0, now that the fan translation is coming out.

  • Lastlight

    Every one listen up!!
    *taps wine glass*
    *silence all through out*
    We have come here today to honor the PSP….
    It has been my friend through good times and bad…having 2 (3 in my lifetime) by my side is all I need….god damn it I’m not good with this stuff…here vita I give the stage over to you…
    *me and my PSPs hug and start crying*

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    *salutes*
    easily my favorite portable system.

    I still remember when I saw Ridge Racer running on it back in 2005.
    “I was like WOW A PORTABLE PS2!!”

  • d19xx

    My favorite handheld and gaming platform of all time. Countless hours spent on it

    It still gets lots of playtime from me. I got a backlog that’ll probably last till next year…..

  • Valtiel Ikari

    Man, I never regreted getting the PSP, had plenty of fun with Gods Eater, Dead Head Fred, Dissidia, Evangelion JO, and many other great games, many didn’t give you proper recognition, but at least, I got to know the wonders you had to offer, and that, nobody will take away, good bye, my very first portable console (and the first console i bought by my self), your legacy will live on!
    Since I will still play you like crazy!

  • dothackjhe

    There are still more reasons to play on your PSP as an English understanding audience. Final Fantasy Type-0 is having a full English patch soon as is Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. Not to mention also of Digimon:Re-Digitized.

  • Kornelious

    Farewell PSP…You were a good system and shall be missed. The Vita will be a great successor to your legacy I swear it! :)

  • Samsara09

    Even you,PSP,deserve a peaceful rest.or perhaps,I should say “Especially you,PSP”.out of all the consoles of last gen,

    Every year in your existence was a struggle,with most people deriding you,calling you trash,a dead console.

    Now you can rest,and leave the rest to the vita.Well,Gonna get my vita this year.

  • Shadow Rebirth

    the entrance of me becoming GE(God Eater), MO(Monster Hunter), Final Fantasy(Dissidia), and Tekken fanatics. Gave me the good game like KH: Birth By sleep. sleep well, my friend. ps. i still have 2 good working psp’s with me at my desk :D

  • rubin

    Sad that the easy piracy killed the software support so early on. It was a really good system otherwise. I still have my original “bulky” PSP from 2005 sitting next to me!

  • Eder García

    mad props to the PSP for surviving the DS Worldwide Phenomena

  • spyro20

    but what will happen to the BEST psp games ever created in japan that can ONLY be played on a psp? i mostly play psp games anyway, besides, playing on a psp feels fitting to me when playing certain games, IT’S NOT RIGHT!!! guess i’ll commit suicide when the times comes once my recently purchased psp breaks down or something, hope i can buy one on ebay again in the future. -_-

    • Bacon_n_Lettuce

      You can still get NES’s and Atari’s on the used market to this day, you’re not going to have to worry for quite a long time.

  • Spicydicey

    The Final Fantasy console!
    All at one it can play every FF1-9, FF Tactics, Dissidia, not to mention other Square Enix stuff like Tactics Ogre.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    While I find any sort of claim that the PSP was the best handheld ever to be more than a slight exaggeration, I do think it was a good system and I expect I’ll be playing PSP games for a long time to come.

    Now if only my charger hadn’t died on me… =(

  • SolRevr

    What a fine system the PSP was.
    Here’s wishing some of the UMD-only gems could make it to the US PSN store for play on Vita: Breath of Fire III, Crisis Core, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Metal Gear Acid games, the list goes on…

    • Ric Vazquez

      Amen

  • Ric Vazquez

    R.I.P my favorite handheld

  • hehHxC

    So long my friend.. :(

  • 0nsen

    So it’s time to stock up on PSPs already?
    PSP GO (softmodded) = the best thing ever
    Plays NES, SNES, SMC, GB, GBC, GBA, GG and reads your e-books.
    With 16GB internal memory you’ll easily always have thousands of games on the go and the best thing is: it flopped so hard that it is easily available for cheap.

    • Lumi

      Well, any other PSP is in the same shoes, just put in a memory stick adapter and some cheap microsd.

    • http://myanimelist.net/profile/ChromeJailer ChromeJailer

      I know I’m super late, but why PSP Go ? It doesn’t even feel like a PSP. I can’t see how is it better compared to PSP 2000, or 3000.
      Also, 16 GB is not as much space as it seems. I have a 16 GB MS, and I only have 20 MB left! Need to delete stuff TT^TT

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