There was a time, just over a year ago, when the Nintendo DS owned the handheld world and the PSP was so far behind, some wondered if Sony would actually just concede the fight. But as the PlayStation 3 has risen, so has the PSP.
As you can see by the latest assembly of sales charts , 2008 has become the PSP's best year ever…and we've still got over a month to go. Thanks to the immense success of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G in Japan, solid sales of God of War: Chains of Olympus in the U.S., and great sales of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII worldwide, the PSP has snagged a 31% market share. Its 2008 total of 3.1 million is the best ever, the overall total of nearly 11 million sold doesn't look too shabby against the DS's 24 million – trust us, the gap used to be much larger – and it certainly helps that Sony has released yet another upgrade to their handheld. While the PSP-3000 has run into a few technical issues, it has sold quite well since its launch. As the site says about Sony, "they stood up to Nintendo in their house and punched them in the mouth. The handheld market is no longer exclusively Nintendo's." Well, with the added ability to access the PlayStation Store directly, amongst several other significant firmware updates, the PSP has certainly come into its own.
Of course, as is the case with any video game platform, software ultimately drives sales. And provided they can keep spinning out the must-have titles, the PSP will continue to climb.