We have heard some snarky comments from Sony when asked about the rumored next gen PSP, but this statement titled “Statement from Sony PlayStation on PSP and Competitive Landscape” was totally uncalled for.
Nintendo DSi hit the US retail market yesterday and instead of acknowledging the competition Sony comes out lashing the console by saying that it is meant for “kids” and lacks “significant gamer demographic groups” like PSP.
The claims by Sony here might be true but they cannot overlook the fact that DS has double the sales than PSP in the same time frame and with the launch of DSi, its bound to take the lead further.
Our 2 cents for Sony is stop pulling down the competition but rather respect them. Even though Ninty has more kid users, the DS family has a wide user base than PSP.
If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the “kids” market that they’ve always engaged, there isn’t much new with the DSi to support that. Significant gamer demographic groups are being ignored, and there continues to be limited opportunities for games from external publishers to do well on the DSi. Compare that with the PSP platform, where we have many blockbuster franchises from our publishing partners launching this year, representing a wide variety of genres and targeting diverse demographics. Games such as Rock Band Unplugged from MTV Games, Assassin’s Creed from Ubisoft, Dissidia Final Fantasy from Square Enix, and Hannah Montana from Disney demonstrate the commitment that publishers have to the PSP. From our own first-party studios, we’re launching unique versions of LittleBigPlanet and MotorStorm, and we’re also planning a steady stream of downloadable games — both new titles and PSone classics — to add to the content that PSP owners can already purchase wirelessly through PlayStation Store.