Anybody who dismissed the PSP when it was lagging far behind the DS in early 2007 made a mistake. That much is very clear nowadays, what with sales of Sony's handheld way up, the new PSP-2000 model (slimmer, lighter!) is a wicked hot item. Of course, it helps that March has seen the two biggest releases to date with the likes of God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII .

But it won't end there. Remember when Sony claimed the PSP would be a "10-year product?" Well, they really weren't kidding around, although that statement could probably use a little clarification. Enter IGN's interview with the PSP's Senior Marketing Manager, John Koller, right in time for the handheld's three-year anniversary. Here's what he had to say about the "continued lifecycle" of the PSP:

“We’ve talked about the PSP being a 10 year product, but a 10 year product in the continued… how can I put this… in the continued lifecycle, so we obviously had the 1000, we have the 2000, so the PSP as it was first launched in March 2005 isn’t going to the be the PSP that it ends up as in 10 years, but it will still be a very strong portable gaming device that is centered in gaming and has a lot of multi-functional features.”

Essentially, he said we can expect the PSP to be in full production for the next seven years or so. However, we'll see continually updated versions and models, much like we saw with the transition from the PSP-1000 to the PSP Slim (PSP-2000). And what with all the new features headed our way, it seems the future of the handheld is very, very bright. Now, maybe we could get some of those very pretty designer colors Japan has…?

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Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
12 years ago

Hmmmm i thought the PSP would be going out by 2010, This makes me feel like an arse for getting custom firmware.

Minishmaru
Minishmaru
12 years ago

I've had the PSP1000 for awhile now and my screen is unusable…I was thinking of just buying a replacement for 30 bucks but my gf thinks I should just buy a new one…only problem is I've heard the new ones even tho they are smaller and lighter…they are a little more fragile. Any truth to that?

KingRed
KingRed
12 years ago

I got a PSP2000 soon as it came out. Havent had any problem with it. Yeah, it is smaller and lighter then the PSP1000. Me and my bud have down ours a few times nothing broke or anything. The battery cover has come off a few time but that's about it. I did get screen protectors and a case for it tho. But I wouldn't say it's little more fragile then PSP1000 series.

photo K
photo K
12 years ago

Just buy a new one, they are awesome. Make sure you get them screen protectors, other than that, always have a case handy. I wouldn't be without one even if i had the PSP1000.

Minishmaru
Minishmaru
12 years ago

lol yeah it sounds like it'd be a good investment and I'll definitly be more careful about it this time around. Screen protectors are ESSENTIAL and I already have a case for my PSP1000 but it might be too big now that the PSP2000 are smaller.