The PSP came out on March 15, 2005 in America. It had a slow start, admittedly, due to a lack of good games. However, two years later with the PSP 2000 redesign and a growing library with the tease of upcoming releases, like a new Kingdom Hearts, made the PSP look more appealing. It’s a device that hardcore Sony fans love, but compared to Nintendo’s wildly more successful DS, it got underrated.
To start, this guy acquired a PSP when the redesigned launched with a Star Wars Battlefront bundle. The package included a white PSP with Darth Vader on the back of the handheld, plus the game itself. It was a self-entitled birthday gift and it was brilliant. It was the first handheld bought since the Game Boy Color. Also purchased that day were the Jak and Daxter spin-off, Daxter, and the new Level-5 RPG, Jeanne D’Arc.
The merits of these three games won’t be discussed here and instead, as stated in most of these PS Rewind segments, be saved for another time. For now, however, this writer can say that they were awesome. They, along with some other great PSP exclusives pictured in the gallery, make it a worthwhile system. Sure most of these games are RPGs and thus won’t attract every gamer out there, but these are good games regardless of genre preferences.
Aside from games, Sony believed the PSP would revolutionize day-to-day lives. The PSP can play movies, serve as a MP3 player, go online, and even got a camera attachment later down the line. Unfortunately, the vision wasn’t realized due to its bulky size and the more successful all in one device: the iPod. In Japan, however, thanks in part to Monster Hunter’s exclusivity on the handheld, it was somewhat more realized, but more for games than a revolutionary all in one device.
The PSP vision ultimately didn’t sell. Truthfully, there were just better things out there, like the Nintendo DS, and Apple’s iPods, that served for better consumer experiences for a wider audience. While it lacked the sales in America, Japan at least saw how good the system was. And to those developers that gave the PSP a chance and made a game for it, well, a thanks goes out to those daredevils.