Sony preparing to discontinue PlayStation Portable

Sony will discontinue the run of its original handheld system this year.

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It's hard to believe that Sony's PlayStation Portable has been out nearly ten years – but, alas, in the face of the PlayStation Vita, its time has come. A report from Time Magazine indicates that Sony is discontinuing the handheld, with shipments ending this month in Japan and later this year in Europe.

Sony has already begun ceasing shipments of the system to the United States this past January, instead focusing on getting more PlayStation Vita systems on store shelves.

Sony of Japan has already confirmed that it's preparing to offer Vita hardware and download discounts to select users who are willing to upgrade to the new system. There's no word yet if this program will make its way Stateside or to Europe just yet, but Sony could announce something as soon as next week, during its pre-E3 press conference.

The system has gone through many changes over the years, including the launch of the poorly received digital download-only model PSP Go and various color iterations, including a special blue one for the Madden games.

Still, it's been almost a good ten years' of PSP games, and a lot of the titles are still playable on the PS Vita. So the PSP may be going, but certainly not forgotten. And we'll always have RIIIIIIIDGE RACER!

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    June 3, 2014 11:00 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Sony preparing to discontinue PlayStation Portable.

    Sony will discontinue the run of its original handheld system this year.

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      June 3, 2014 11:03 AM

      Make sense. Japan tends to latch onto older systems longer than most places. Right now Sony needs to get people to adopt the Vita and Vita TV.

      Luckily the Sony does a good job with cross compatibility with your digital purchases. Had I known how robust the digital library was, I would've just jumped into a Vita rather than becoming a late adopter of the PSP (I picked one up last year and the vita last month)

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      June 3, 2014 12:17 PM

      Wow, I thought they stopped making them two years ago.

      I think it's a nicely designed system, just there were never that many games that appealed to me. Jeanne D'arc is pretty great though.

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        June 3, 2014 1:36 PM

        Even the PS2 was still in production til January of 2013.

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        June 3, 2014 2:10 PM

        PSP scratched the JRPG itch for me.

        Tactics Ogre, Disgaea, Jean D'Arc, Persona, Lunar, Star Ocean.

        Lots of these are remakes of prior gen titles but were done so with redone graphics, better voice acting, and of course the conveniences of portability.

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      June 3, 2014 1:47 PM

      The PsP was and is a great little system and I'm sure the Vita is too, but as it stands I'm still kinda pissed at the fact that they renigged on the deal with PsP owners in converting currently owned PsP games over to the Vita. : /

      Otherwise, I'd already have a Vita. /meh

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      June 3, 2014 5:42 PM

      The game I played most on PSP was Rock Band Unplugged. I was addicted.

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      June 3, 2014 8:20 PM

      I haven't even seen this sold in Finland for quite some time now.

      The same is actually for Vita, it's pretty much disappeared from store shelves since nobody bought those. I saw on on discount sale for 79€ last Christmas and I should've got it. For that price it would've been a steal.

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      June 5, 2014 12:55 AM

      I thought the Vita superseded the PSP and only old stock was still being sold when I last saw it.

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