Sony: We Were “Too Happy” With PSP

Sony made the mistake of becoming complacent with PSP. Why wouldn’t they, right? The thing was successful, people had PS2 graphics on a handheld and sales were through the roof. After a while, however, things got stale and Sony dropped the ball. This won’t happen with PS Vita, says worldwide studios head Shuhei Yoshida.

Speaking of PSP, Yoshida told Kotaku: “We were too happy with ourselves, having a PS2-like experience on a portable at that time. We didn’t go too much further from there.”

“The initial couple years were great. People were excited to be able to play 3D graphics on the go, but after a couple years, people get used to looking at pretty pictures.

When you compare the gaming experience on PSP to what you get on PlayStation 2 and later on PS3, because of the bigger screen on the TV and the dual analog sticks, [players] feel compromised playing on PSP. You’re not getting much unique on the PSP.”

The PS Vita on the other hand is a totally different story, and strategy. Sony’s said more than twice that it’s not all about hardware this time, but rather what developers can do with the new handheld.

Another comparison to be made is PSP’s proper success in Japan. Why? Well because it’s well supported. If Sony could get the same results from developers in the west, PS Vita’s future will be very bright.

“Some of the people in Japan insisted that Japan can wait longer for the Vita. The PSP is still so popular,” Yoshida said.

“Some of them fear that once we announced Vita, like we did in January, that we might lose momentum, but it didn’t.

Development support from Japanese companies has been incredibly strong; they have some of their best teams working on portable systems. And that’s one of the biggest reasons why the PSP is so popular.”

PS Vita will launch late this year in Japan.

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2 Comments on "Sony: We Were “Too Happy” With PSP"

  1. nick June 23, 2011 at 5:18 am -

    no, they got bored of playing the same games!
    sonys support of the PSP was PATHETIC!
    when 3rd parties are supporting your product better then what you are, you really know somethings not right!
    thats the problem with the PSP, 1 i could count the number of must have titles only available to that system on my hands, and 2 most of the games are available elsewhere either exactly the same, or very similar.
    its nice to have portable versions of ps3 games, but thats not enough, they need new different games only available on the system to make people buy it.
    having new versions of games you can play on the ps3 just wont cut it!

  2. Ernice Gilbert June 23, 2011 at 5:55 am -

    Yes it was pathetic. Let’s see how PS Vita turns out.

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