New PSP titles for 2009 will drive sales, says Sony
- Posted February 12th, 2009 at 11:18 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 12 Comments
Sony plans to turn around the fortunes of the PlayStation Portable this year by launching "of a host of significant PlayStation IPs on the PSP platform."
Despite the handheld selling approximately 40 millions units worldwide to date, software sales have been less than impressive, with sales in the U.K. dropping by 27% in 2008 compared to 2007's figures. However, Sony has a number of unannounced PSP titles up its sleeve this year, which it believes can broaden the appeal of the platform.
Sony UK product manager, Claire Backhouse, told MCV: “This year we are also launching a host of significant PlayStation IPs on the PSP platform, the first being Resistance Retribution, which will help drive sales.”
"It’s these core IPs that we believe will help broaden the appeal of PSP in the UK, and when coupled with the existing functionality such as Go!View and Go!Cam, will make PSP a very attractive proposition,” added Backhouse.
She claims that Sony has been focusing heavily on software development and that these new titles will "re-invigorate the current user base, as well as attracting a whole new audience."
Despite this, 2009 is currently looking decidedly gloomy for PSP releases, with only a handful of decent looking titles on the way, Patapon 2 and Resistance Retribution among them.
In regards to Sony’s unannounced projects, we firmly expect to hear about a handheld version of LittleBigPlanet heading our way towards the end of the year, but it remains to be seen what other games can revive the PSP's fortunes.
- 6:29am EST - February 12th, 2009
i would buy those games , if i didnt need a disc, and my psp wasnt so obese, make the psp2 sleek and have downloadable games and i will buy buy buy. Imm interested in LBP but i dont wanna buy it for ps3, but i would buy iti for psp.
- 6:30am EST - February 12th, 2009
I actually bought my psp this christmas just because of the PSP kingdom hearts game. Its gonna be LEGENDARY!!!
- 6:36am EST - February 12th, 2009
- 6:45am EST - February 12th, 2009
Forgetting Dissidia are we?
- 7:16am EST - February 12th, 2009
Dont forget about Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. It's about time that SONY started breathing life into the PSP
- 7:19am EST - February 12th, 2009
If they gonna release Motorstorm and LittleBigPlanet for PSP this year then definitely sales will go up. With only Resistance Retribution and Patapon 2 won't be enough.
So I hope we are going to hear new announcements only at E3 09.
- 11:30am EST - February 12th, 2009
they need to make more ps3 games on the psp, unchrarted, motorstorm, maybe a MGS, maybe a gran turismo, those would push units and software sales
- 12:32pm EST - February 12th, 2009
It doesn't matter how many games you release for the system, their all gonna get pirated and thus "sales" won't apply.
- 2:20pm EST - February 12th, 2009
Long over due!
- 2:39pm EST - February 12th, 2009
Just some ideas.
Warhawk with single player / online
Uncharted or game similar style
LBP wouldn't hurt!
I think they should also Open up the PSP, and by that i mean allow people to develop their own games and apps for it, similar to the App Store on an iTouch.
- 5:49pm EST - February 12th, 2009
how can you forget Dissidia Final Fantasy? I'm sure it'll commercially top Resistance Retribution and even Patapon 2! also, FF Agito XIII and PE 3rd birthday probably gonna be released this year in Japan.
- 3:20am EST - February 13th, 2009
Well actually I sold my PSP. The only place I play games is at my house. If I go out, I go out to have fun in other thins. Hahaha well the other thing was that couldnt be spending on both, the PS3 and PSP
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