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Sony halts PSP shipments in Japan

The end draws near for Sony's handheld

Sony will no longer ship PSP units to stores in Japan, effectively ending its run in its native market.

The decision coincided with the launch of two bundles for the PlayStation Vita's PCH 2000 model, which has superseded its predecessor in terms of popularity.

Shipments of the PSP will end later this month, and Sony is offering customers who own the device a trade-in discount on the Vita.

The PSP was launched in Japan in 2004, rolling out elsewhere in the world the following year. The device sold steadily throughout its years on the market, and while it never achieved the sort of success enjoyed by Nintendo with the DS, it sold more than 80 million units in its lifetime.

Sony followed the PSP with the PSP Go, but the smaller and more mobile device failed to find an audience. Despite a slow start, the Vita has been more successful, but, so far, not to the same extent as the PSP.

Thanks Polygon.

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Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital2 years ago
Rest in peace in the silicon heaven, you little black devil. It has been a great ride!

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Jakub Mikyska on 3rd June 2014 9:23am

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Ross Sharp FX Artist, Ninja Theory2 years ago
I'll never forget all the airport departure lounges we shared - and my biggest Tetris score. Good times!
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance2 years ago
What a shame, it was really versatile and ahead of its time. And the first handheld to properly handle the first person shooter! RIP. (Also, I feel old for waxing nostalgic about the PSP).
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
I own three (1000, 1001 and a 2000) and they still get used. In fact, I'm sitting next to one now that's running Rayman 2 which I picked up on PSN yesterday for $1.49. Well, I guess the PSP slides into the museum of "dead" systems proudly after ten years of service.
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