The PSP debuted in the US on March 24, 2005. The first real competitor to a Nintendo handheld since Sega's Game Gear (10 years earlier), the PlayStation Portable quickly positioned itself as a sleek and sexy alternative to the clunkier, chunkier Nintendo DS. The PSP actually had a lot going for it: better graphics, a superior form factor, millions of ardent Sony fans, and a wealth of great games. It also had a few stumbles which were almost all hardware-related, from screen issues on certain models, to the decision to use prohibitively expensive proprietary memory cards, not to mention the incredibly unpopular PSP Go.
All in all though, the PSP was a pretty incredible little machine. Did we mention the great games? Let's delve into that further, shall we? Here are 12 shining examples of the best gaming experiences the PlayStation Portable had to offer:
In 2009, Dissidia: Final Fantasy took numerous heroes and villains from several famous Final Fantasy games and then mashed them all up into a fighting game that was very much unlike any other. Its 2011 sequel, Dissidia 012, took everything that was cool about the first game and upped the ante even further with still more characters and features. Either one of these fresh, yet familiar games was well worth checking out, but the second entry was the more complete package.
The PSP effortlessly carved out a respectable chunk of the market for Sony and perfectly set the stage for continued success with its heir to the throne, the PlayStation Vita. Unfortunately, Sony did a great number of things wrong where the Vita was concerned and consequently, it doesn't seem very likely there will ever be another portable in Sony's future. But while the Vita may be viewed as an unmitigated disaster, the PSP will always be remembered as both a system, and a period of time which saw Sony doing nearly doing everything right.