Well it’s the end of an era for one of Sony’s more controversial pieces of hardware. The PSP, which launched in December 2004, is going to be discontinued for shipping to Japan as of June 2014. While the system certainly did all right by selling 80 million units, it was far from the kind of success enjoyed by Nintendo with its DS series.
To Sony’s credit, they’re not just pulling the plug and walking away. On the Japanese Playstation store, they are offering some deals for loyal PSP fans. You can trade in your old system and get credit towards a new PS Vita, so that’s pretty cool if you haven’t picked one up yet. So all in all, 10 years is a good run for any system, handheld or otherwise. Let’s pour one out for the PSP.