The former head of Playstation, Shawn Layden, has given the Playstation Portable a funeral (of sorts). In a tribute to the PSP, Layden revealed some console stats players might not have been aware of, and shared an image featuring an engraved PSP console on X (formerly Twitter), seen below.
“In memory of PSP last production,” the engraving reads on the left back face of the console. Most significantly, the engraving on the right panel confirms the volume of PSP units manufactured between November 9, 2004, and September 26, 2014.
In almost ten years, the PSP achieved a “production achievement” of 82,523,607 units, an impressive number by all accounts. In a sales report published by Sony, the PSP sold more than 76.4 million units as of March 31, 2012. “Not bad, lil buddy,” Layden wrote above the image, who left his post at Playstation in 2019.
The PSP console generated some iconic, highly-popular titles back in the day. Some of us old enough to remember might recall titles like Half-Minute Hero, Secret Agent Clank, Patapon, Jeanne d’Arc, Lumines: Puzzle Fusion, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, God of War, Daxter, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core.
The PSP was succeeded in 2011 by the Playstation Vita, later discontinued in 2019. If you once purchased or still own a PSP, what are your favourite games to play? Reach out to us and let us know in the comments section down below.
In other Playstation news, Jim Ryan is set to retire from the company after almost three decades. “PlayStation will always be part of my life, and I feel more optimistic than ever about the future of SIE,” he said.