Three down ... seven more to go?
Sony has often touted the PlayStation brand as a long-living one. The PS1 had a lengthy life cycle, and the PS2 still goes strong today. Many thought Sony's claim that PS3 would have a ten year life cycle was a joke -- but considering Sony's track record with the PS2, we wouldn't be surprised to see Sony go for such an ambitious plan.
How will PSP remain a 10 year product? FIrmware updates and hardware revisions will undoubtedly keep the system fresh for years to come. In spite of the release of the redesigned PSP-2000, original PSP owners are still able to access many new features, and can still play all new games. John Koller told IGN: "We've talked about the PSP being a 10 year product, but a 10 year product in the continued... how can I put this... in the continued lifecycle, so we obviously had the 1000, we have the 2000, so the PSP as it was first launched in March 2005 isn't going to the be the PSP that it ends up as in 10 years"
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
3-26-2008 @ 11:46PM
I still wish they'd add a model with a second analog and just have all new games support a legacy control scheme that would suit the 1-nubbed models. Highly doubtful, but that's the one hardware revision I'd buy a second PSP for.
3-27-2008 @ 11:02AM
Mario?! BURN, INFIDEL!
3-26-2008 @ 11:47PM
Well lets hope they fix the piracy issue in the next hardware upgrade (PSP-3000?) because I don't see software support lasting for 7 more years.
3-26-2008 @ 11:50PM
Maverick Saturn said...
All I think they will do is just modify the current PSP like they did with lite. Mae subtle changes to the tech, and resell.
3-27-2008 @ 12:07AM
I've love to see some sort of clamshell design and them somehow put the whammy on piracy, neither of which I believe we'll see.
3-27-2008 @ 12:23PM
yeah...a clamshell, with 2 screens.....and make one of them a touchscreen,.....yea...that would be awesome...i wish there was something out like that.....
3-27-2008 @ 12:10AM
= Confirmation that PSPhone is arriving with backwards compatibility? Craaaap they're dumping UMDs in it?!
3-27-2008 @ 12:18AM
I actually would like a new one with a second analog stick.
One of the things I like about the DS is that the design is simple yet effective, the PSP is saturated with functions I don't even need.
Also that I would like it if the TV cables could be just HMDI or just 3 simple cables to connect it fast to any side entry in any HDTV.I hate having to disconnect the xbox 360 to connect the PSP.
3-27-2008 @ 2:11AM
I fail to see how ANY of PSP's additional functions prohibit you from turning it on and going directly into game mode if that is your preference.
As for TV out...why are you complaining about the added function (compared to DS) when you just said you wished it wasn't loaded down with features.
/back to my RSS feeds on my PSP.
3-27-2008 @ 3:25AM
"Features you don't even need!?!" you "don't even need" a psp, but you like the video out mode, and the games.... you want them... Well the rest of the world who are actually intellegent enough to understand the features all want a few of them. So one person might not use skype, or the radio, but they use the video out, and rss, it has something for everyone... I don't know anyone who uses tivo on it, but I'm sure some ppl do, I guess it comes down to whether or not you want to pull out of the dealership w/ just the basic factory installed, or if you want the fully loaded model.... I'm content w/ the fully loaded model, and if I'm not happy w/ a feature (that I got for free, I might add) I'll just overlook it when I'm using one of the many that I am happy w/
3-27-2008 @ 1:38PM
I can't say I'm bothered by the extra functions on my PSP. I don't use them either, but they're not kicking my puppy or anything.
3-27-2008 @ 12:22AM
If Nintendo and MS decides to release new hardware before ten years, then this won't matter. Sony will have to release new hardware to stay competitive. It was a big mistake from Sony to have allowed the 360 a 1 year head start.
3-27-2008 @ 2:17AM
Yes...it would have been MUCH better to rush the PS3 out the door even sooner than it was (it is only now starting to hit its stride)...MS proved you can build a quality (!!) product buy rushing it out the door.
You seem to forget that SONY didn't cut off the PS2 like MS did the Xbox and that the PS2 continued to outsell the X360 worldwide until very recently.
3-27-2008 @ 12:24AM
I think 7 years is more likely, but who knows, maybe Sony can push it to 10.
3-27-2008 @ 12:28AM
Sure beats the 2 year average in the gameboy line
3-27-2008 @ 12:44AM
Uh, they probably will have revisions every two years. He is only saying that the PSP line will likely last 10 years.
3-29-2008 @ 2:29PM
Yes, however Gameboy got entirely new ones every 2 years. GB, GBC, GBA, DS.
3-27-2008 @ 12:51AM
It has been great to see the evolution of the psp over the past three years. From the launch day excitement, to the first firmware update. Then came PS3 remote play, and the location free player. And now a new slim, lite, psp2000 with support for skype and go messenger. Also new peripherals like microphones, headsets, cameras and GPS are now available...sort of. It has also been a wild ride for the memory stick duo. Remember waiting forever for the 1gig duo to come out. Now we have a 16gig duo available. With the addition of the PSN store your going to need it. PSone classics are now available for download as well as PSN exclusives like Beats, and Flow. Who knows what the next 8 years will hold for the psp. I think in the future we will see 3rd and 4th generation psp systems with even more features. Maybe a built in HD, or how about an all downloadable content psp with no UMD drive. I now have 3 working psp systems. One from launch day three years ago, one from a year later, and my new pimped out white psp2000 with extended battery, camera, and headset. I am sure that over the next 8 years I will add a few more to my collection. Lets just hope it doesn't take Sony 8 years to put out a psp version of Gran Turismo!
3-27-2008 @ 12:55AM
I just bought a PSP 3 days ago...So this is really great news, as it was something I was worried about.
Now I just hope they don't make future games that depend, or that play drastically better, on newer hardware. I don't want to buy yet another PSP just to play newer games.
3-27-2008 @ 1:41AM
You also have to remember this doesn't mean it'll be 10 years before PSP2 (or whatever), it just means PSP will be supported that long.
Take PS2 for example, the target is a 10 year lifecycle, and it's still going even though the PS3 has been released.