Sony has announced that they will be stopping production of the PlayStation Portable in Japan, in June 2014, just less than 10 years after it was first released. The PSP had some great initial success, selling 500,000 units in just 2 days in Japan, however it suffered with some major competition for Nintendo’s insanely popular DS.
Regardless, Sony managed to sell around 76 milion units of the device, which in my opinion offers some of the best portable gaming experiences on the market. If the PlayStation Vita had even half as much support as the PSP had, it would be doing a lot better than it is currently, which is unfortunate considering the device is so much more focused as a handheld device.
Still, with the end in production of the PSP, the PlayStation Vita how has a chance to shine. Shipments to North America already stopped in January of this year, and European shipments are expected to stop later this year. R.I.P. PSP (2004 – 2014).