After Nintendo excited videogame fans with the unveiling of the 3DS at E3, one has to wonder what Sony plans on doing with its own portable system, the PSP. Turns out David Reeves, a former Sony employee who is now the COO of Capcom Europe, has some ideas.
“Sony tried to make the transition with PSPgo, I think that changed some consumers attitudes,” Reeves says, “but they need to come back with something on PSP pretty quickly to stay in the game because Nintendo are shit hot at getting these things right. And they always get these things right.”
While a PSP 2 has not been officially announced by Sony, it is Reeves’ opinion that Sony should get a 3DS competitor released within the next 12 months if they hope to compete in the Nintendo-dominated handheld market.
Meanwhile, John Koller of SCEA is showing all kinds of confidence in Sony’s handheld division, saying, “There is absolutely a 10-year life cycle for PSP, and probably more.”
“We’ll be in the PSP business as long as we’re in the PlayStation business.”
That’s interesting. While former Sony employee Reeves says that the PSP is due for an immediate upgrade, current employee Koller speaks of the longevity of the system, adding, “Now in terms of where we are in the current life cycle, I think we’re just kind of hitting our stride,” and, “it’s just a very healthy platform.”