Sony: PSP Brite Is Coming, But Is It A Good Idea?
It doesn’t look like Sony has figured it out. At least not in the North American market. While the product has performed extremely well in Japan, the sales in America have been somewhat of a letdown. Their answer, despite being unoriginal and entering a market with already saturated with multiple SKU products, is to release another model with a brighter screen. Now let’s go over the reasons why this may not be the best approach…
First of all, the PSP hardware sales, like the Nintendo DS Lite, has been thriving primarily due to (though we know it’s hard to admit) rampant piracy and ability for developers to make their own homebrew software on the systems. For us, this can be seen as a good and a bad thing. “With developers and publishers reluctant to create new content on a system that never breaks NPD’s software top 10 charts, Sony had to change something … and fast.”
The system itself is already a spectacular piece of hardware and is constantly updated with new features (for instance Skype is a feature that’s been recently incorporated) has always been well received within the PSP fan community. However, by updating it once again (it’s been less than a year since their last revision announcement), it leaves many gamers feeling their hardware is inadequate.
I think people want a device that connects them. Or perhaps an online store like Apple’s iPhone App Store. So my question is, “Will this drive up software sales at all?” My gut says no, but who knows, maybe this brighter screen may work out just the way Sony wants it to – drawing people in like gnats hypnotized by a bright fluorescent light.
Any PSP users out there happy to hear of this new revision? Maybe I’m just being a little pessimistic here.