The PSP was a great handheld. With sales either nearing or topping 80 million worldwide, it was well-received by gamers seeking a little more power in their portable gaming systems.
Sony set out to slice up the market for people gaming on the go by boasting all the features Nintendo's DS didn't. The PSP had an analogue stick, an optical drive, a gorgeous glossy wide screen and the ability to save games on a memory stick downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
However, the second Sony handheld, the PS Vita, had an estimated final sales count of 10 million worldwide. Typically anything between 9-13 million units sold is seen as a 'failure' in the gaming industry.
With E3 2017 coming in the next few weeks, Sony could really surprise everyone by announcing a new PSP. The PS4 Pro is already out, PlayStation VR is gathering speed and everyone's eyes are focused on exactly how much of Microsoft's Project Scorpio will be revealed.
Nintendo are proving that powerful portable systems can move units, with the Switch having sold more than 906,000 in its first month of sale alone. If the appetite is there in the market, what better way to steal the spotlight than by bringing out a heavyweight successor to the PSP?
Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.