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->''Step Your Game Up.''

Short story: the [=PlayStation=] Portable could be called a "successful failure." It was a failure in stealing the market from Nintendo for the third time in a row, but a success in that it still sold tens of millions of systems (so far has sold nearly 70% as many systems as the original PlayStation), and had a number of hit games.

Long story: in 2004, Sony was riding high off the first two [=PlayStation=] systems[[note]]Both of which put Sony on the top of two ConsoleWars, dethroning Nintendo from home consoles in the 5th console generation and beating Microsoft's newcomer system in the 6th, both systems outsold all their competitors '''combined''' by over 2-to-1.[[/note]], and decided to get into the handheld market, confident they could repeat their success for a third time. The gaming press was just as confident. It seemed like all the factors were in place for it to happen. Sony's use of discs versus the DS' cartridges, a traditional controller versus an unconventional controller, better third-party support, multimedia capabilities, and far greater processing power (which wasn't the case with the last two systems, but still a touted factor) had all paid off for Sony in the past. It seemed like the PSP could become the leader in the handheld gaming market, dethroning Nintendo.

However, not everything went as planned. There were a few reasons for this:
* The rechargeable battery's life was much better than other handheld challengers Creator/{{Nintendo}} had faced, but still paled in comparison to the DS. Playing a movie could cut the battery time to one-third.
* While disc-based formats proved to be superior to cartridges for home consoles, the format's advantages were less pronounced on a handheld device. The discs still offered higher capacity, but the optical format resulted in comparatively longer loading times, louder system noise, and increased battery usage due to disc spinning and seeking. Without the production volume of {{DVD}}s or {{CD}}s, the format didn't have the huge cost differential that made discs preferable to carts in the 5th generation. Storage of multiple games was also made less efficient due to each disc being permanently encased in an outer shell. The console and discs support RegionCoding, and while only three PSP applications/games made use of region coding (the Asian release of the ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone|2006}}'' remake, as well as the Comic Book reader and Remote TV Viewer applications) all UMD movies were region coded and couldn't play on [=PSPs=] from a different region.
* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading Loading times]] aren't as much of an issue with home consoles, but handheld systems are often played here and there in two-minute windows. Taking even 30 seconds to load is a major downside under those circumstances. In the later models, Sony incorporated a method which considerably shortened loading times [[note]](adding extra RAM, and allowing games to selectively load data instead of strictly from the UMD)[[/note]] for compatible games. The console also has a "sleep" function which saves the current memory-state for quick revival later, but this causes even more problems for the already-iffy battery life.
* The system didn't have a KillerApp by the time the DS had ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}'', ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''. The PSP did later get sales boosts from the redesigns and true killer apps like ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' in Japan, but those were well after the DS took off ''and'' after the PSP had lost any lead.
* Most important of all was the different focus. Sony was convinced there was a "handheld gaming ghetto," which meant that the smaller-scale games on handhelds were supposedly inferior to home console games. The PSP was an unsuccessful attempt to bring home gaming to portables, which left developers scrambling to find a medium between the huge games of home consoles and the "bite-sized" gaming for portables, while Nintendo already had plenty of practice with that golden mean.

Despite these issues, the PSP still saw financial success during its lifespan. As mentioned, it's easily the most successful competitor to Nintendo's handheld dominance and the highest-selling second-place system of any console war. Firmware updates since launch increased the system's capabilities, ranging from being able to play more file formats, to being able to organize media in folders, to PS3 remote play compatibility. UMD titles allowed portions of the game to be installed to the memory stick, reducing loading times and extending battery life.

The PSP is capable of downloading retail titles available for it through [[PlayStationNetwork Sony's online storefront]], as well as smaller games, video, and DownloadableContent for existing games. Furthermore, the final incarnation of the PSP, the '''PSP Go''', was specifically built around digital distribution, having no support for the UMD medium. Despite fears from older PSP owners, Sony insists that the Go was never meant to replace the PSP. Response was lackluster at best, with reports that some stores wouldn't even stock it. [[note]]One of the major US video-game-only retailers, [=GameStop/EB Games=], makes a good portion of their money off reselling used games, and was unsurprisingly unimpressed with the system for this reason. While they grudgingly sold the console in the end, they did not promote it.[[/note]]

Since the PSP was released in 2004, and Sony historically released new consoles every six years, by 2010 there was a storm of rumor and speculation over what would come next. The announcement didn't hit until January 27, 2011. Sony's new device, named the PlaystationVita, was released later that year.
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!!Specifications:

[[AC:Processors]]
* One R4000-based [=MIPS32=] "microprocessor assembly" with floating point and vector floating point units.
* Another R4000-based [=MIPS32=] "media engine" similar to the microprocessor assembly, containing various multimedia hardware (such as decoders).
* Both cores are rated at 333 [=mHz=], but generally operate at 222 [=mHz=] to preserve battery life. A handful of games fully unlock the processor, and a system with custom firmware can permanently set the [=CPUs=] to 333 [=mHz=], increasing performance at the cost of battery life.

[[AC:Memory]]
* The original PSP shipped with 32 [=MB=] of RAM, which was upped to 64 [=MB=] in the 2000 and subsequent models to allow for shortened load times with aggressive caching.
* Aside from system memory, the PSP contains two sets of dedicated memory, 2 [=MB=] for graphics processing and 2 [=MB=] for multimedia processing through the media engine.
* Data can be stored on any number of different versions of Sony's proprietary memory stick technology.

[[AC:Graphics]]
* One custom 166 [=mHz=] dedicated graphics co-processor with support for advanced graphical calculations such as vertex blending and tessellation.
* Featured a 4.3-inch 16:9 [=TFT=] LCD screen displaying a 480 x 272 image in 16.8 million colors.
* This chip can ostensibly generate 33 million flat-shaded polygons per second, but that's a theoretical maximum.
* The system comes with partial hardware rendering, instead of strictly software rendering that the PS2 had. This got around some compatibility issues, like with texture compression, while still allowing some flexibility with the vector units.

[[AC:Other]]
* Initial models had a 5V 1800mAh battery, which could be upgraded officially to a 5V 2200mAh battery. Typical battery life is 4-6 hours.
* One [=ARM9=]-based WLAN chip capable of connecting via 802.11b.
* Early models shipped with an [=IrDA=] port, apparently just for kicks, because it was not officially supported nor used in any first-, second- or any-party software.
* Late-model firmware enabled the "[[AltumVidetur ad hoc party]]" feature, allowing [=PSPs=] to create virtual local networks via the internet.
* The 2000 and 3000 models have an AV output connector.
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!!Games:
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove''
* ''{{VideoGame/The 3rd Birthday}}''
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception''
** ''VideoGame/AceCombatJointAssault''
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresToGo''
* ''VideoGame/AfterBurner: Black Falcon''
* ''VideoGame/AllKamenRiderGenerations 2''
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape P'' (a.k.a. ''Ape Escape: On the Loose'')
** ''Ape Academy'' (a.k.a. ''Ape Escape Academy'')
** ''Ape Academy 2''
** ''Ape Quest''
* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore: Formula Front''
** ''Armored Core 3 Portable''
** ''Silent Line: Amored Core Portable''
** ''Armored Core: Last Raven Portable''
* ''ArmyOfTwo: The 40th Day''
* ''VideoGame/AstonishiaStory''
** ''VideoGame/CrimsonGemSaga''
* ''[[VideoGame/ATVOffroadFury ATV Offroad Fury Pro]]''
** ''ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone 2006}}''
* ''VideoGame/BlazingSoulsAccelate''
* ''VideoGame/BombermanLand''
* ''{{VideoGame/Brandish}}: The Dark Revenant''
* ''Literature/BraveStory: New Traveller''
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII''
* ''VideoGame/BrooktownHigh''
* ''{{Burnout}} Legends''
** ''Burnout Dominator''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Roads to Victory''
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/CodedArms''
** ''VideoGame/CodedArms Contagion''
* ''VisualNovel/CodeGeassLostColors''
* ''Compati Hero series''
** ''The Great Battle: Full Burst''
** ''Battle Dodgeball 3''
** ''Lost Heroes''
* ''VideoGame/TheCon''
* ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty: Blood Covered''
* ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi: Fare Wars''
* ''VideoGame/CrimsonEmpire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble''
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: Final Fantasy VII''
* ''{{VideoGame/Crush}}''
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''
** ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} Burst''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Chronicle: The Chaos Tower''
* ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Daxter]]''
** ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter: The Lost Frontier''
* ''VideoGame/DeadHeadFred''
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive: Paradise''
* ''[[VideoGame/DeadToRights Dead To Rights: Reckoning ]]''
* ''VideoGame/DeathJr''
** ''VideoGame/DeathJr'': Roots of Evil
* ''VideoGame/DefJamSeries'': Fight for NY: The Takeover
* ''VideoGame/{{Devil Summoner}}'' (2005/07/10)
* ''DigimonWorldReDigitize''
* ''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days]]''
** ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite''
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
** ''Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road''
* ''VideoGame/DragoneersAria''
* ''VideoGame/DreamCClub''
* ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'' '76
* ''VideoGame/DungeonMaker'': Hunting Ground
** ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar''
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''
** ''Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2''
** ''Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce''
* ''[[VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce The Earth Defense Force 2 Portable]]'' (an updated re-release from the [=PlayStation 2=] game)
* ''VideoGame/EveryExtend Extra''
* ''VideoGame/{{Exit}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheEyeOfJudgment: Legends''
* ''VideoGame/FateExtra''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' (download only)
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics: War of the Lions''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''
* ''VideoGame/{{FlatOut}}: Head On''
* ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}: Helmet Chaos''
* ''GitarooMan Lives!''
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus''
** ''VideoGame/GodOfWarGhostOfSparta''
* ''VideoGame/GodEaterBurst''
* ''VideoGame/GrandKnightsHistory''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories''
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''
* ''VideoGame/GuruminAMonstrousAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Judgment''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Gun}} Gun: Showdown]]''
* ''GundamVsSeries''
** ''Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Alliance vs ZAFT Portable''
** ''Gundam vs Gundam''
** ''Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS''
* ''{{VideoGame/Gungnir}}''
* ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero''
* ''VideoGame/HatsuneMikuProjectDiva''
* ''HeroesPhantasia''
* ''VideoGame/HexyzForce''
* ''VideoGame/IceAge''
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheStaffOfKings''
* ''VideoGame/{{Infected}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Invizimals}}''
** ''Invizimals: Shadow Zone''
** ''Invizimals: The Lost Tribes''
* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''
* ''VideoGame/KamenRiderClimaxHeroes OOO'', ''Fourze'' and ''Wizard''
* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}: Liberation''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfParadise''
* ''[[VideoGame/LaPucelle La Pucelle: Ragnarok]]''
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet PSP''
* ''{{LocoRoco}}''
** ''[=LocoRoco=] 2''
* ''VideoGame/LordOfArcana''
* ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Harmony]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Lumines}}''
** ''Lumines 2''
* ''[[MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier crossover games]]''
** ''Macross Ace Frontier''
** ''Macross Ultimate Frontier''
** ''Macross Triangle Frontier''
* ''{{VideoGame/Madagascar}}''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Battle of Aces''
** ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny''
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''
** ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance 2''
* ''[[KatamariDamacy Me and My Katamari]]''
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' : Heroes 2
* ''VideoGame/MediEvilResurrection''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp''
** ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X]]''
** ''[[MegaManLegends Rockman DASH 1 & 2]]''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid''
** ''Metal Gear Ac!d [[superscript:2]]''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps''
** ''Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug Anthology''
* ''ModNationRacers''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Freedom''
** ''Monster Hunter Freedom 2''
** ''Monster Hunter Freedom Unite''
** ''Monster Hunter Freedom 3''
* ''VideoGame/NayutaNoKiseki''
* ''Videogame/{{ObsCure}}: The Aftermath''
* ''VideoGame/PacManWorld 3''
** ''Pac-Man World Rally''
* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper''
* ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}''
** ''Patapon 2''
** ''Patapon 3''
* ''[[VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse Phantasy Star Portable 1 & 2]]''
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''
* ''[[VideoGame/PopNMusic pop'n music]] portable''
** ''pop'n music portable 2''
* ''VideoGame/PoPoLoCrois''
* ''VideoGame/PowerStone Collection''
* ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin Prince of Persia: Revelations]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones Prince of Persia: Rival Swords]]''
** ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheForgottenSands''
* ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero''
** ''Prinny 2: Dawn of the Operation Panties, Dood!''
* ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable''
* ''PursuitForce''
** ''Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice''
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokTactics''
* ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands Evolution''
** ''Rainbow Islands Revolution''
* ''{{VideoGame/Ratatouille}}''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''
** ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters''
** ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank''
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' : Retribution
* ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer''
** ''Ridge Racer 2''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Anthology''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors: State of War''
* ''VideoGame/SegaRally Revo''
* ''Franchise/ShiningSeries''
** ''VideoGame/ShiningHearts''
** ''Shining Blade''
** ''Shining Ark''
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobido}}'' : Tales of the Ninja
* ''{{VideoGame/Shrek}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''
* ''VideoGame/SOCOMUSNavySeals'' Fireteam Bravo
** ''SOCOM US Navy Seals'' Fireteam Bravo 2
** ''SOCOM US Navy Seals'' Fireteam Bravo 3
** ''SOCOM US Navy Seals'' Tactical Strike
* ''VideoGame/SolTrigger''
* ''VideoGame/SonicRivals''
** ''Sonic Rivals'' 2
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny]]''
* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders: Evolution''
** ''Space Invaders Extreme''
* ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean: First Departure]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean: Second Evolution]]''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' 2
** ''Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron''
** ''Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron''
* ''Star Wars: TheForceUnleashed''
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3 Max''
* ''VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen''
* ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall Adventure''
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Super Robot Wars A Portable]]''
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX Portable''
** ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen]]'' and ''Saisei-hen''
** ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin 2: Revelation of Evil God]]''
* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Sword Art Online Infinity Moment]]'' (an AlternateContinuity based on the LightNovel series)
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror''
** ''Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow''
* ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre: Let Us Cling Together''
* ''[[VideoGame/TaikoDrumMaster Taiko no Tatsujin]] Portable''
** ''Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2''
** ''Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'': Radiant Mythology
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'': Radiant Mythology 2
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'': Radiant Mythology 3
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}: Dark Resurrection''
** ''Tekken 6''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}: Time of the Assassins''
** ''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins''
* ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolMaster THE iDOLM@STER SP]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Thrillville}}''
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 4''
** ''Tokimeki Memorial: Forever with you''
** ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide Premium ~3rd Story~''
* ''Franchise/TombRaider: Legend''
** ''Tomb Raider: Anniversary''
* ''[[LightNovel/{{Toradora}} Toradora Portable!]]''
* ''{{VideoGame/Toukiden}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Twinbee}} Portable''
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head-On''
* ''Ultimate VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''
* ''VideoGame/UmiharaKawase Portable'' (AKA ''Yumi's Odd Odyssey'')
* ''VideoGame/UnchainedBlades''
* ''VideoGame/UndeadKnights''
* ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama''
* ''VideoGame/ValhallaKnights''
** ''Valhalla Knights 2''
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII''
** ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII''
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile: Lenneth''
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe: Red Hot Rumble''
* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi''
** ''Warriors Orochi 2''
* ''[[VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles White Knight Chronicles: Origins]]''
* ''VideoGame/WildArmsXF''
* ''VideoGame/{{WipeOut}} Pure''
** ''[=WipeOut=] Pulse''
* ''WorkTimeFun''
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}: Open Warfare''
** ''Worms: Open Warfare 2''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}} Portable''
** ''VisualNovel/DoubleCast''
** ''VisualNovel/KisetsuODakishimete''
** ''VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}''
** ''Yukiwari no Hana''
** ''BloodTheLastVampire''
* ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''
* ''Franchise/{{Ys}}: The Ark of Napishtim''
** ''VideoGame/YsSEVEN''
** ''Ys: The Oath in Felghana''
** ''Ys I & II Chronicles''
* ZettaiHeroProject
[[/index]]
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[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/230px-Psp1.png]]
->''Step Your Game Up.''

Short story: the [=PlayStation=] Portable could be called a "successful failure." It was a failure in stealing the market from Nintendo for the third time in a row, but a success in that it still sold tens of millions of systems (so far has sold nearly 70% as many systems as the original PlayStation), and had a number of hit games.

Long story: in 2004, Sony was riding high off the first two [=PlayStation=] systems[[note]]Both of which put Sony on the top of two ConsoleWars, dethroning Nintendo from home consoles in the 5th console generation and beating Microsoft's newcomer system in the 6th, both systems outsold all their competitors '''combined''' by over 2-to-1.[[/note]], and decided to get into the handheld market, confident they could repeat their success for a third time. The gaming press was just as confident. It seemed like all the factors were in place for it to happen. Sony's use of discs versus the DS' cartridges, a traditional controller versus an unconventional controller, better third-party support, multimedia capabilities, and far greater processing power (which wasn't the case with the last two systems, but still a touted factor) had all paid off for Sony in the past. It seemed like the PSP could become the leader in the handheld gaming market, dethroning Nintendo.

However, not everything went as planned. There were a few reasons for this:
* The rechargeable battery's life was much better than other handheld challengers Creator/{{Nintendo}} had faced, but still paled in comparison to the DS. Playing a movie could cut the battery time to one-third.
* While disc-based formats proved to be superior to cartridges for home consoles, the format's advantages were less pronounced on a handheld device. The discs still offered higher capacity, but the optical format resulted in comparatively longer loading times, louder system noise, and increased battery usage due to disc spinning and seeking. Without the production volume of {{DVD}}s or {{CD}}s, the format didn't have the huge cost differential that made discs preferable to carts in the 5th generation. Storage of multiple games was also made less efficient due to each disc being permanently encased in an outer shell. The console and discs support RegionCoding, and while only three PSP applications/games made use of region coding (the Asian release of the ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone|2006}}'' remake, as well as the Comic Book reader and Remote TV Viewer applications) all UMD movies were region coded and couldn't play on [=PSPs=] from a different region.
* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading Loading times]] aren't as much of an issue with home consoles, but handheld systems are often played here and there in two-minute windows. Taking even 30 seconds to load is a major downside under those circumstances. In the later models, Sony incorporated a method which considerably shortened loading times [[note]](adding extra RAM, and allowing games to selectively load data instead of strictly from the UMD)[[/note]] for compatible games. The console also has a "sleep" function which saves the current memory-state for quick revival later, but this causes even more problems for the already-iffy battery life.
* The system didn't have a KillerApp by the time the DS had ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}'', ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''. The PSP did later get sales boosts from the redesigns and true killer apps like ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' in Japan, but those were well after the DS took off ''and'' after the PSP had lost any lead.
* Most important of all was the different focus. Sony was convinced there was a "handheld gaming ghetto," which meant that the smaller-scale games on handhelds were supposedly inferior to home console games. The PSP was an unsuccessful attempt to bring home gaming to portables, which left developers scrambling to find a medium between the huge games of home consoles and the "bite-sized" gaming for portables, while Nintendo already had plenty of practice with that golden mean.

Despite these issues, the PSP still saw financial success during its lifespan. As mentioned, it's easily the most successful competitor to Nintendo's handheld dominance and the highest-selling second-place system of any console war. Firmware updates since launch increased the system's capabilities, ranging from being able to play more file formats, to being able to organize media in folders, to PS3 remote play compatibility. UMD titles allowed portions of the game to be installed to the memory stick, reducing loading times and extending battery life.

The PSP is capable of downloading retail titles available for it through [[PlayStationNetwork Sony's online storefront]], as well as smaller games, video, and DownloadableContent for existing games. Furthermore, the final incarnation of the PSP, the '''PSP Go''', was specifically built around digital distribution, having no support for the UMD medium. Despite fears from older PSP owners, Sony insists that the Go was never meant to replace the PSP. Response was lackluster at best, with reports that some stores wouldn't even stock it. [[note]]One of the major US video-game-only retailers, [=GameStop/EB Games=], makes a good portion of their money off reselling used games, and was unsurprisingly unimpressed with the system for this reason. While they grudgingly sold the console in the end, they did not promote it.[[/note]]

Since the PSP was released in 2004, and Sony historically released new consoles every six years, by 2010 there was a storm of rumor and speculation over what would come next. The announcement didn't hit until January 27, 2011. Sony's new device, named the PlaystationVita, was released later that year.
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!!Specifications:

[[AC:Processors]]
* One R4000-based [=MIPS32=] "microprocessor assembly" with floating point and vector floating point units.
* Another R4000-based [=MIPS32=] "media engine" similar to the microprocessor assembly, containing various multimedia hardware (such as decoders).
* Both cores are rated at 333 [=mHz=], but generally operate at 222 [=mHz=] to preserve battery life. A handful of games fully unlock the processor, and a system with custom firmware can permanently set the [=CPUs=] to 333 [=mHz=], increasing performance at the cost of battery life.

[[AC:Memory]]
* The original PSP shipped with 32 [=MB=] of RAM, which was upped to 64 [=MB=] in the 2000 and subsequent models to allow for shortened load times with aggressive caching.
* Aside from system memory, the PSP contains two sets of dedicated memory, 2 [=MB=] for graphics processing and 2 [=MB=] for multimedia processing through the media engine.
* Data can be stored on any number of different versions of Sony's proprietary memory stick technology.

[[AC:Graphics]]
* One custom 166 [=mHz=] dedicated graphics co-processor with support for advanced graphical calculations such as vertex blending and tessellation.
* Featured a 4.3-inch 16:9 [=TFT=] LCD screen displaying a 480 x 272 image in 16.8 million colors.
* This chip can ostensibly generate 33 million flat-shaded polygons per second, but that's a theoretical maximum.
* The system comes with partial hardware rendering, instead of strictly software rendering that the PS2 had. This got around some compatibility issues, like with texture compression, while still allowing some flexibility with the vector units.

[[AC:Other]]
* Initial models had a 5V 1800mAh battery, which could be upgraded officially to a 5V 2200mAh battery. Typical battery life is 4-6 hours.
* One [=ARM9=]-based WLAN chip capable of connecting via 802.11b.
* Early models shipped with an [=IrDA=] port, apparently just for kicks, because it was not officially supported nor used in any first-, second- or any-party software.
* Late-model firmware enabled the "[[AltumVidetur ad hoc party]]" feature, allowing [=PSPs=] to create virtual local networks via the internet.
* The 2000 and 3000 models have an AV output connector.
----
!!Games:
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove''
* ''{{VideoGame/The 3rd Birthday}}''
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception''
** ''VideoGame/AceCombatJointAssault''
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresToGo''
* ''VideoGame/AfterBurner: Black Falcon''
* ''VideoGame/AllKamenRiderGenerations 2''
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape P'' (a.k.a. ''Ape Escape: On the Loose'')
** ''Ape Academy'' (a.k.a. ''Ape Escape Academy'')
** ''Ape Academy 2''
** ''Ape Quest''
* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore: Formula Front''
** ''Armored Core 3 Portable''
** ''Silent Line: Amored Core Portable''
** ''Armored Core: Last Raven Portable''
* ''ArmyOfTwo: The 40th Day''
* ''VideoGame/AstonishiaStory''
** ''VideoGame/CrimsonGemSaga''
* ''[[VideoGame/ATVOffroadFury ATV Offroad Fury Pro]]''
** ''ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone 2006}}''
* ''VideoGame/BlazingSoulsAccelate''
* ''VideoGame/BombermanLand''
* ''{{VideoGame/Brandish}}: The Dark Revenant''
* ''Literature/BraveStory: New Traveller''
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII''
* ''VideoGame/BrooktownHigh''
* ''{{Burnout}} Legends''
** ''Burnout Dominator''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Roads to Victory''
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/CodedArms''
** ''VideoGame/CodedArms Contagion''
* ''VisualNovel/CodeGeassLostColors''
* ''Compati Hero series''
** ''The Great Battle: Full Burst''
** ''Battle Dodgeball 3''
** ''Lost Heroes''
* ''VideoGame/TheCon''
* ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty: Blood Covered''
* ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi: Fare Wars''
* ''VideoGame/CrimsonEmpire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble''
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: Final Fantasy VII''
* ''{{VideoGame/Crush}}''
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''
** ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} Burst''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Chronicle: The Chaos Tower''
* ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Daxter]]''
** ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter: The Lost Frontier''
* ''VideoGame/DeadHeadFred''
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive: Paradise''
* ''[[VideoGame/DeadToRights Dead To Rights: Reckoning ]]''
* ''VideoGame/DeathJr''
** ''VideoGame/DeathJr'': Roots of Evil
* ''VideoGame/DefJamSeries'': Fight for NY: The Takeover
* ''VideoGame/{{Devil Summoner}}'' (2005/07/10)
* ''DigimonWorldReDigitize''
* ''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days]]''
** ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite''
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
** ''Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road''
* ''VideoGame/DragoneersAria''
* ''VideoGame/DreamCClub''
* ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'' '76
* ''VideoGame/DungeonMaker'': Hunting Ground
** ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar''
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''
** ''Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2''
** ''Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce''
* ''[[VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce The Earth Defense Force 2 Portable]]'' (an updated re-release from the [=PlayStation 2=] game)
* ''VideoGame/EveryExtend Extra''
* ''VideoGame/{{Exit}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheEyeOfJudgment: Legends''
* ''VideoGame/FateExtra''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' (download only)
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics: War of the Lions''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''
* ''VideoGame/{{FlatOut}}: Head On''
* ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}: Helmet Chaos''
* ''GitarooMan Lives!''
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus''
** ''VideoGame/GodOfWarGhostOfSparta''
* ''VideoGame/GodEaterBurst''
* ''VideoGame/GrandKnightsHistory''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories''
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''
* ''VideoGame/GuruminAMonstrousAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Judgment''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Gun}} Gun: Showdown]]''
* ''GundamVsSeries''
** ''Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Alliance vs ZAFT Portable''
** ''Gundam vs Gundam''
** ''Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS''
* ''{{VideoGame/Gungnir}}''
* ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero''
* ''VideoGame/HatsuneMikuProjectDiva''
* ''HeroesPhantasia''
* ''VideoGame/HexyzForce''
* ''VideoGame/IceAge''
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheStaffOfKings''
* ''VideoGame/{{Infected}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Invizimals}}''
** ''Invizimals: Shadow Zone''
** ''Invizimals: The Lost Tribes''
* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''
* ''VideoGame/KamenRiderClimaxHeroes OOO'', ''Fourze'' and ''Wizard''
* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}: Liberation''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfParadise''
* ''[[VideoGame/LaPucelle La Pucelle: Ragnarok]]''
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet PSP''
* ''{{LocoRoco}}''
** ''[=LocoRoco=] 2''
* ''VideoGame/LordOfArcana''
* ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Harmony]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Lumines}}''
** ''Lumines 2''
* ''[[MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier crossover games]]''
** ''Macross Ace Frontier''
** ''Macross Ultimate Frontier''
** ''Macross Triangle Frontier''
* ''{{VideoGame/Madagascar}}''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Battle of Aces''
** ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny''
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''
** ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance 2''
* ''[[KatamariDamacy Me and My Katamari]]''
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' : Heroes 2
* ''VideoGame/MediEvilResurrection''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp''
** ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X]]''
** ''[[MegaManLegends Rockman DASH 1 & 2]]''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid''
** ''Metal Gear Ac!d [[superscript:2]]''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps''
** ''Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug Anthology''
* ''ModNationRacers''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Freedom''
** ''Monster Hunter Freedom 2''
** ''Monster Hunter Freedom Unite''
** ''Monster Hunter Freedom 3''
* ''VideoGame/NayutaNoKiseki''
* ''Videogame/{{ObsCure}}: The Aftermath''
* ''VideoGame/PacManWorld 3''
** ''Pac-Man World Rally''
* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper''
* ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}''
** ''Patapon 2''
** ''Patapon 3''
* ''[[VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse Phantasy Star Portable 1 & 2]]''
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''
* ''[[VideoGame/PopNMusic pop'n music]] portable''
** ''pop'n music portable 2''
* ''VideoGame/PoPoLoCrois''
* ''VideoGame/PowerStone Collection''
* ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin Prince of Persia: Revelations]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones Prince of Persia: Rival Swords]]''
** ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheForgottenSands''
* ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero''
** ''Prinny 2: Dawn of the Operation Panties, Dood!''
* ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable''
* ''PursuitForce''
** ''Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice''
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokTactics''
* ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands Evolution''
** ''Rainbow Islands Revolution''
* ''{{VideoGame/Ratatouille}}''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''
** ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters''
** ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank''
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' : Retribution
* ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer''
** ''Ridge Racer 2''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Anthology''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors: State of War''
* ''VideoGame/SegaRally Revo''
* ''Franchise/ShiningSeries''
** ''VideoGame/ShiningHearts''
** ''Shining Blade''
** ''Shining Ark''
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin''
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobido}}'' : Tales of the Ninja
* ''{{VideoGame/Shrek}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''
* ''VideoGame/SOCOMUSNavySeals'' Fireteam Bravo
** ''SOCOM US Navy Seals'' Fireteam Bravo 2
** ''SOCOM US Navy Seals'' Fireteam Bravo 3
** ''SOCOM US Navy Seals'' Tactical Strike
* ''VideoGame/SolTrigger''
* ''VideoGame/SonicRivals''
** ''Sonic Rivals'' 2
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny]]''
* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders: Evolution''
** ''Space Invaders Extreme''
* ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean: First Departure]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean: Second Evolution]]''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' 2
** ''Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron''
** ''Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron''
* ''Star Wars: TheForceUnleashed''
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3 Max''
* ''VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen''
* ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall Adventure''
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Super Robot Wars A Portable]]''
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX Portable''
** ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen]]'' and ''Saisei-hen''
** ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin 2: Revelation of Evil God]]''
* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Sword Art Online Infinity Moment]]'' (an AlternateContinuity based on the LightNovel series)
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror''
** ''Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow''
* ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre: Let Us Cling Together''
* ''[[VideoGame/TaikoDrumMaster Taiko no Tatsujin]] Portable''
** ''Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2''
** ''Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'': Radiant Mythology
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'': Radiant Mythology 2
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld'': Radiant Mythology 3
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}: Dark Resurrection''
** ''Tekken 6''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}: Time of the Assassins''
** ''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins''
* ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolMaster THE iDOLM@STER SP]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Thrillville}}''
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 4''
** ''Tokimeki Memorial: Forever with you''
** ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide Premium ~3rd Story~''
* ''Franchise/TombRaider: Legend''
** ''Tomb Raider: Anniversary''
* ''[[LightNovel/{{Toradora}} Toradora Portable!]]''
* ''{{VideoGame/Toukiden}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Twinbee}} Portable''
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head-On''
* ''Ultimate VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''
* ''VideoGame/UmiharaKawase Portable'' (AKA ''Yumi's Odd Odyssey'')
* ''VideoGame/UnchainedBlades''
* ''VideoGame/UndeadKnights''
* ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama''
* ''VideoGame/ValhallaKnights''
** ''Valhalla Knights 2''
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII''
** ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII''
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile: Lenneth''
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe: Red Hot Rumble''
* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi''
** ''Warriors Orochi 2''
* ''[[VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles White Knight Chronicles: Origins]]''
* ''VideoGame/WildArmsXF''
* ''VideoGame/{{WipeOut}} Pure''
** ''[=WipeOut=] Pulse''
* ''WorkTimeFun''
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}: Open Warfare''
** ''Worms: Open Warfare 2''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}} Portable''
** ''VisualNovel/DoubleCast''
** ''VisualNovel/KisetsuODakishimete''
** ''VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}''
** ''Yukiwari no Hana''
** ''BloodTheLastVampire''
* ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''
* ''Franchise/{{Ys}}: The Ark of Napishtim''
** ''VideoGame/YsSEVEN''
** ''Ys: The Oath in Felghana''
** ''Ys I & II Chronicles''
* ZettaiHeroProject
[[/index]]
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* ''DefJamSeries'': Fight for NY: The Takeover

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* ''DefJamSeries'': ''VideoGame/DefJamSeries'': Fight for NY: The Takeover
6th Aug '14 4:21:42 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''DeathJr''
** ''DeathJr'': Roots of Evil

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* ''DeathJr''
''VideoGame/DeathJr''
** ''DeathJr'': ''VideoGame/DeathJr'': Roots of Evil
22nd Jul '14 3:11:27 PM Kingault
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Long story: in 2004, Sony was riding high off the first two [=PlayStation=] systems[[note]]Both which put Sony on the top of two ConsoleWars, dethroning Nintendo from home consoles in the 5th console generation and beating Microsoft's newcomer system in the 6th, both systems outsold all their competitors '''combined''' by over 2-to-1.[[/note]], and decided to get into the handheld market, confident they could repeat their success for a third time. The gaming press was just as confident. It seemed like all the factors were in place for it to happen. Sony's use of discs versus the DS' cartridges, a traditional controller versus an unconventional controller, better third-party support, multimedia capabilities, and far greater processing power (which wasn't the case with the last two systems, but still a touted factor) had all paid off for Sony in the past. It seemed like the PSP could become the leader in the handheld gaming market, dethroning Nintendo.

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Long story: in 2004, Sony was riding high off the first two [=PlayStation=] systems[[note]]Both of which put Sony on the top of two ConsoleWars, dethroning Nintendo from home consoles in the 5th console generation and beating Microsoft's newcomer system in the 6th, both systems outsold all their competitors '''combined''' by over 2-to-1.[[/note]], and decided to get into the handheld market, confident they could repeat their success for a third time. The gaming press was just as confident. It seemed like all the factors were in place for it to happen. Sony's use of discs versus the DS' cartridges, a traditional controller versus an unconventional controller, better third-party support, multimedia capabilities, and far greater processing power (which wasn't the case with the last two systems, but still a touted factor) had all paid off for Sony in the past. It seemed like the PSP could become the leader in the handheld gaming market, dethroning Nintendo.
19th Jul '14 4:41:44 PM erforce
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* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles]]''

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* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles]]''''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles''
6th Jul '14 11:19:31 PM bwburke94
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Long story: in 2004, Sony was riding high off the first two [=PlayStation=] systems[[note]]Both which put Sony on the top of two ConsoleWars, dethroning Nintendo from home consoles in the 5th console generation and beating Microsoft's newcomer system in the 6th, both systems outsold all their competitors '''combined''' by over 2-to-1.[[/note]], and decided to get into the handheld market, confident they could repeat their success for a third time. The gaming press was just as confident. It seemed like all the factors were in place for it to happen. Sony's use of discs versus the DS' cartridges, a traditional controller versus an unconventional controller (a touch screen this time instead of a three-pronged gamepad), better third-party support, multimedia capabilities, and far greater processing power (which wasn't the case with the last two systems, but still a touted factor) had all paid off for Sony in the past. It seemed like the PSP could become the leader in the handheld gaming market, dethroning Nintendo.

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Long story: in 2004, Sony was riding high off the first two [=PlayStation=] systems[[note]]Both which put Sony on the top of two ConsoleWars, dethroning Nintendo from home consoles in the 5th console generation and beating Microsoft's newcomer system in the 6th, both systems outsold all their competitors '''combined''' by over 2-to-1.[[/note]], and decided to get into the handheld market, confident they could repeat their success for a third time. The gaming press was just as confident. It seemed like all the factors were in place for it to happen. Sony's use of discs versus the DS' cartridges, a traditional controller versus an unconventional controller (a touch screen this time instead of a three-pronged gamepad), controller, better third-party support, multimedia capabilities, and far greater processing power (which wasn't the case with the last two systems, but still a touted factor) had all paid off for Sony in the past. It seemed like the PSP could become the leader in the handheld gaming market, dethroning Nintendo.



* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading Loading times]] aren't as much of an issue with home consoles, but handheld systems are often played here and there in two-minute windows. Taking even 30 seconds to load is a major downside under those circumstances. In the later models, Sony incorporated a method which considerably shortened loading times (adding extra RAM, and allowing games to selectively load data instead of strictly from the UMD) for compatible games. The console also has a "sleep" function which saves the current memory-state for quick revival later, but this causes even more problems for the already-iffy battery life.
* The system didn't have a KillerApp by the time the DS had ''{{Nintendogs}}'', ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart Mario Kart DS]]'', and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''. The PSP did later get sales boosts from the redesigns and true killer apps like ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' in Japan, but those were well after the DS took off ''and'' after the PSP had lost any lead.

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* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading Loading times]] aren't as much of an issue with home consoles, but handheld systems are often played here and there in two-minute windows. Taking even 30 seconds to load is a major downside under those circumstances. In the later models, Sony incorporated a method which considerably shortened loading times (adding [[note]](adding extra RAM, and allowing games to selectively load data instead of strictly from the UMD) UMD)[[/note]] for compatible games. The console also has a "sleep" function which saves the current memory-state for quick revival later, but this causes even more problems for the already-iffy battery life.
* The system didn't have a KillerApp by the time the DS had ''{{Nintendogs}}'', ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart Mario Kart DS]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}'', ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''. The PSP did later get sales boosts from the redesigns and true killer apps like ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' in Japan, but those were well after the DS took off ''and'' after the PSP had lost any lead.



Despite these issues, the PSP has been fairly successful financially. As mentioned, it's easily the most successful competitor to Nintendo's handheld dominance and the highest-selling second-place system of any console war. It has seen an UpdatedRerelease as the "Slim & Lite," which [[ProductFacelift made it smaller and lighter]], as well as adding a brighter screen and a jack which let you display the console's output on a television. A third-generation version added a mic and a new screen that's less reflective and has more colors, but also has more prominent scanlines. Firmware updates since launch have greatly increased the system's capabilities, ranging from being able to play more file formats, to being able to organize media in folders, to PS3 remote play compatibility. UMD titles have the option of allowing portions of the game to be installed to the memory stick, reducing loading times and extending battery life.

Sony has begun a major shift in their strategies for the PSP recently. The biggest shift is a massive embrace of digital distribution while the newest incarnation of the DS is capable of downloading small games made specifically for its download service, the PSP is capable of downloading retail titles available for it through [[PlayStationNetwork Sony's online storefront]], as well as smaller games, video, and DownloadableContent for existing games. Furthermore, the newest incarnation of the PSP, the '''PSP Go''', is specifically built around digital distribution, having no support for the UMD medium. Despite fears from older PSP owners, Sony insists that the Go is not meant to replace the PSP, and that Sony plans to sell and maintain both platforms simultaneously (and in fact, when the Go was launched, all future PSP releases were required to have a digital-only version available). Response has been lackluster at best, with reports that some stores wouldn't even stock it[[note]]One of the major US video-game-only retailers, Gamestop/EB Games, was extremely unimpressed with the system, noting that consumers would not be able to trade in their games for resale. This doesn't seem like a huge deal until we point out that Gamestop's lifeblood is ''reselling used games''. While they grudgingly sold the console in the end, they did not promote it. And now that Microsoft are implementing a no-resold-games policy for the Xbox One, Gamestop is likewise kicking up a fuss[[/note]].

Since the PSP was released in 2004, and Sony historically released new consoles every six years, by 2010 there was a storm of rumor and speculation over what would come next. The announcement didn't hit until January 27, 2011. Sony's new device, named the PlaystationVita (formerly [=NGP=]), was released later that year. It comes with dual thumbsticks, 3G and wi-fi connectivity, motion control, front and back cameras, a touch screen, and a ''second'' touchpad in equivalent position on the backside of the device. It's also going back to flash-memory cards as its storage medium. Though well-received by the press, it has not fared well financially; throughout its lifetime it has beeen consistently outsold not only by its primary competitor, the Nintendo3DS, but ''by the PSP as well''.

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Despite these issues, the PSP has been fairly successful financially.still saw financial success during its lifespan. As mentioned, it's easily the most successful competitor to Nintendo's handheld dominance and the highest-selling second-place system of any console war. It has seen an UpdatedRerelease as the "Slim & Lite," which [[ProductFacelift made it smaller and lighter]], as well as adding a brighter screen and a jack which let you display the console's output on a television. A third-generation version added a mic and a new screen that's less reflective and has more colors, but also has more prominent scanlines. Firmware updates since launch have greatly increased the system's capabilities, ranging from being able to play more file formats, to being able to organize media in folders, to PS3 remote play compatibility. UMD titles have the option of allowing allowed portions of the game to be installed to the memory stick, reducing loading times and extending battery life.

Sony has begun a major shift in their strategies for the PSP recently. The biggest shift is a massive embrace of digital distribution while the newest incarnation of the DS is capable of downloading small games made specifically for its download service, the PSP is capable of downloading retail titles available for it through [[PlayStationNetwork Sony's online storefront]], as well as smaller games, video, and DownloadableContent for existing games. Furthermore, the newest final incarnation of the PSP, the '''PSP Go''', is was specifically built around digital distribution, having no support for the UMD medium. Despite fears from older PSP owners, Sony insists that the Go is not was never meant to replace the PSP, and that Sony plans to sell and maintain both platforms simultaneously (and in fact, when the Go was launched, all future PSP releases were required to have a digital-only version available). PSP. Response has been was lackluster at best, with reports that some stores wouldn't even stock it[[note]]One it. [[note]]One of the major US video-game-only retailers, Gamestop/EB Games, [=GameStop/EB Games=], makes a good portion of their money off reselling used games, and was extremely unsurprisingly unimpressed with the system, noting that consumers would not be able to trade in their games system for resale. This doesn't seem like a huge deal until we point out that Gamestop's lifeblood is ''reselling used games''.this reason. While they grudgingly sold the console in the end, they did not promote it. And now that Microsoft are implementing a no-resold-games policy for the Xbox One, Gamestop is likewise kicking up a fuss[[/note]].\n\n[[/note]]

Since the PSP was released in 2004, and Sony historically released new consoles every six years, by 2010 there was a storm of rumor and speculation over what would come next. The announcement didn't hit until January 27, 2011. Sony's new device, named the PlaystationVita (formerly [=NGP=]), PlaystationVita, was released later that year. It comes with dual thumbsticks, 3G and wi-fi connectivity, motion control, front and back cameras, a touch screen, and a ''second'' touchpad in equivalent position on the backside of the device. It's also going back to flash-memory cards as its storage medium. Though well-received by the press, it has not fared well financially; throughout its lifetime it has beeen consistently outsold not only by its primary competitor, the Nintendo3DS, but ''by the PSP as well''.year.



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' (download only)



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics: War of the Lions''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''

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* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics: War of the Lions''
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''
25th Jun '14 6:52:23 AM JoieDeCombat
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** ''VideoGame/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide Premium ~3rd Story~''

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** ''VideoGame/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide Premium ~3rd Story~''
15th Jun '14 10:41:17 AM Nintendoman01
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** ''God of War: Ghost of Sparta''

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** ''God of War: Ghost of Sparta''''VideoGame/GodOfWarGhostOfSparta''
7th Jun '14 3:08:55 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar: Chains of Olympus''

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar: Chains of Olympus''''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus''
16th Apr '14 4:42:50 PM StFan
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* ''{{Tokobot}}''
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