Well, whether we get a PSP2 or not, the reign of the PSP hasn't been a bad one and we're already celebrating its five-year anniversary.
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced the handheld's anniversary; the PSP first launched in North America on March 24, 2005 and since that time, it has given us some truly memorable portable gaming experiences. Sony has sold around 17 million units in the US in that span of time and they're calling it a "well-established" platform for those who love gaming on the go. Said SCEA Senior Vice President of Marketing and the PlayStation Network, Peter Dille:
"Five years ago, PlayStation had yet to break into the portable market. Today, the PSP system is a well-established handheld platform that continuously redefines portable entertainment with quality that’s unparalleled. As PSP celebrates its fifth anniversary, the best is yet to come. We’re very excited about the vibrant 2010 lineup and are committed to continuing to offer entertainment experiences and immersive gameplay only possible on the PlayStation platform."
EEDAR's Jesse Divnich chimed in by saying that the PSP "has always reflected Sony's ability to understand and meet the needs of modern consumers by providing a convergent device that offers high-quality gaming, photo, movie, and audio support." In five years, over 245 developers have created pieces of software for the PSP and that has resulted in more than 520 total available titles in the US on UMD and an additional 300 on the PSN. Landmark titles have included God of War: Chains of Olympus , LittleBigPlanet PSP , Resistance: Retribution , Crisis Core: Final Fantasy , Gran Turismo , and various installments from the SOCOM and Grand Theft Auto franchises. They also add that currently, the ever-expanding PSN offers PSP owners "tens of thousands of digital entertainment choices," ranging from moves to TV episodes to digital comics to original programming.
Over time, we've seen several iterations of the device, culminating in the PSP-3000 and the new PSP Go, but we're wondering if the so-called "true successor" will be unveiled later this year… Anyway, Happy Birthday, PSP! Five is a nice ripe old age in this world.