There's always a whole lot of forward-thinking going on in the video game media and amongst the gaming public, so it's surprisingly easy to overlook the here and now.
While everyone is wondering if Sony will announce a newly revamped PSP for the end of the year, we're not concentrating enough on the scheduled software for 2009. According to a recent Eurogamer interview with SCEA marketing boss John Koller, there are a whole lot of big-name releases on tap for the year, and handheld fans ought to be excited. In fact, Koller believes 2009 will be the best year yet for the PSP:
"There's a lot of software coming. We're really focused on software, and I don't think that's a big surprise given that it's going to be the best software year the PSP has ever had, there's no doubt. You can think of some of the major franchises on console that would come over to PSP and people are going to be very excited."
We've already seen the likes of MotorStorm: Arctic Edge , LittleBigPlanet and Assassin's Creed , but more is on the way. Koller reminds everyone that they've only revealed "the first half of the lineup," with a whole lot more lying in wait for E3. Koller also said we'd definitely recognize the names, as apparently, there are "a lot of big franchises to come." The good news is that Koller describes last year as having a "limited software lineup" and the PSP still had its best year ever in terms of overall unit sales. So how much better will the handheld perform this year with all the great games slated for 2009? Finished Koller:
"Last year was the best sales year for PSP, and that was with a limited software line-up. How high is high when we have a much better software line-up for this year?"