iPhone chews nasty hole in DS and PSP’s US revenue

Tuesday, 23rd March 2010 12:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt


iPhone has increased US handheld market share 14 percent to 19 percent in the past year, according to a Flurry report, at the expense of both PSP and DS.

DS revenue declined 5 percent to 70 percent from 2008 to 2009, said the study, while PSP sales were badly damaged, dropping 9 percent to 11 percent total cash share.

iPhone OS US games revenues, on the other hand, climbed to take nearly a fifth of the overall handheld market in the US.

iPhone isn’t the only Apple handheld device Sony and Nintendo have to worry about, either. The impending release of iPad is looking to focus heavily on gaming, with Flurry estimating that a giant 44 percent of all apps currently being tested for the device are games.

iPad ships in April.

Sony released its latest PSP iteration, the discless PSP go, towards the end of last year. Nintendo today announced 3DS, a glass-less 3D DS upgrade due for release in its next fiscal year.



  1. Erthazus

    Playstation Portable failed really hard because of Piracy.
    Hardware sells and software not.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Razor

    Come on Sony, E3…give us something good portable-wise.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. JPickford

    What has declined for DS? Market share or revenue? Or both?

    I’m not so convinced that there’s any real overlap between iphone and handheld consoles. Are they really the same market?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    That graph is just US software revenue.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. JPickford

    Well yeah but share of revenue doesn’t tell you much if you don’t know the total amount. It’s possible that Nintendo’s revenue increased. And if you don’t consider the iphone to be in the same market then it hasn’t really grabbed a share.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. tont

    iPhone grew its market share in the US smartphone sector by a whopping 1% in Q3-4 last year.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. alimokrane

    Question here though: The person who wrote the article makes it look as if the iPhone has eaten into the market of both DS and PSP – This DOES NOT mean the handheld market has grown, the iPhone just ate into the DS’ and PSP’s market.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    I hate APPLE :D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DaMan


    #9 5 years ago

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