As we welcome a new era in portable gaming, we can reflect on the current or as of now, previous, generation.
As is the case with most new pieces of PlayStation hardware, the "old" unit will likely continue to sell for quite some time, and more games will continue to arrive for it. So it's not like the PSP is dead just because the PlayStation Vita is here.
That being said, now is an appropriate time to ask the question: how will Sony's first portable device be remembered? What will its legacy be as time marches on? How will gamers view it ten, twenty years from now? It's a big mistake to call it a failure, as the numbers prove. While it was certainly overshadowed for a fair portion of its lifespan by the Nintendo DS, the PSP still did quite well and has recently enjoyed an upswing in popularity. The library size is significant and there have been memorable titles, including a few amazing God of War and Metal Gear entries and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII , just to name a few.
It was also great for JRPG fans, as they were forced to watch the rapid decline of their favorite sub-genre on consoles of this generation. So when they couldn't find what they wanted, they rightfully turned to the PSP. I haven't been partial to handheld gaming since the days of the original Gameboy, but I certainly had fun playing games like Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection on my PSP. Couldn't get such experiences on the PS3, after all. But I may not be the best person to pass final judgment on the PSP.
So what do the portable fans say? How will you guys remember Sony's first handheld? Positive or negative?