The Fall of The PSP In America Due To Piracy, Says Sony

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The PSP may rule the roost in Japan, but in the U.S. of A., it's enjoying a less comfortable last place spot, selling but a fraction of its direct competitor. Why the drop off and what's Sony doing about it?

Sony's Rob Dyer tells Gamasutra that rampant piracy of PlayStation Portable games is the system's "biggest problem, no question about it." Dyer says that the PSP maker has a plan to combat that, that it "will be able to, not stop, but slow down the piracy in the first 30 to 60 days from a tech perspective."

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"There's some code that you can embed that we've been helping developers implement in order to get people at least to see a 60-day shelf life before it gets hacked and it shows up on BitTorrent," Dyer tells Gamasutra.

He's also "not going to bullshit you" that the PSP hasn't had the greatest line-up recently, but that "huge titles" are in the works and will be on hand for E3. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Resident Evil Portable and Toy Story 3 are just a few of the bigger games hinted at in the in-depth, worth-a-read interview.

The Sony Situation: SCEA's Rob Dyer Speaks [Gamasutra]

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How about the PSP itself was never successful for what it was "meant" to do. Sony pushed it as more of an entertainment device than a video game device.

The idea of piracy is a stupid one to bring up because only the original "1000" model is the one that can be truly bent to anyone's will.

The PSP is just a console that never had the games to back it up. Sony pushed it too much as something to watch your UMD movies on, or listen to your music on the memory stick. Not letting you be able to save the game without a stick, poor controls, bad ergonomics, the PSP essentially was a system that damned itself.

The money and reliance put into the PSPGo just made it worse. There haven't been many games out for the system of noteworthy praise.

I know some of you may not want to hear it, but can you honestly name seven good games for the PSP?

I'll do my best here:

Lumines

Lumines II

Final Fantasy I

Final Fantasy II

That's all I can think of. Hopefully Sony will learn from their mistakes, as viewing a trainwreck of a system is not something I like. Most people who I see buy PSP's (as well as most people I sell them to) are kid's younger than 12 and want just Grand Theft Auto.

Just my opinion?