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PSP 3000 drives Japanese sales

Combination of Sony's new handheld and older models boost sales to yearly high

Sony's new PSP 3000 has boosted Japanese sales of the handheld console this week to its highest point this year.

It is estimated that a combination of the new PSP and three previous models have sold 151,522 units in the week ended October 19, according to Ascii Media Works and reported by Reuters. The increased sales represent a seven-fold jump from the previous week's results and leave the PSP outselling its rival handheld, the Nintendo DS, by 5-to-1.

Sony first announced the new PSP 3000 at the Leipzig Games Convention in an effort to challenge Nintendo's dominant position in the handheld market. However, recently the PSP 3000 has come under fire for its new screen, which has consumes complaining over obvious 'screen lines'.

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James Lee