SCEA says piracy hinders PSP software sales in the US

Friday, 21st May 2010 14:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


SCEA’s Rob Dyer has admitted that PSP as a platform has some problems in the US, particularly with software sales.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Dyer said that over in Japan the PSP is a good seller on a weekly basis.

“It’s killing it in Japan. [In North America] you have Peace Walker that I think is going to do very good numbers,” he said. “You’re going to have some phenomenal support from Square. They have some great stuff coming. You have some great stuff from Capcom.

“Again, it’s a lot of stuff from Japan [but] we have EA Sports stuff that’s going to be coming out. You’re going to have Toy Story 3 on the PSP that’s coming out. There’s a number of titles from American publishers that will be there, but are we getting full-line support?

“No. I’m not going to bullshit you on that”.

Dyer also said that poor PSP software sales in the States can partially be blamed on piracy, and to help counter it, Sony has a plan to slow it down for at least 30 to 60 days after a game is released through tech.

“There’s some code that you can embed that we’ve been helping developers implement in order to get people at least to see a 60-day shelf life before it gets hacked and it shows up on BitTorrent,” he said.

“That’s been the biggest problem, no question about it. It’s become a very difficult proposition to be profitable, given the piracy right now. And the fact that the category shrunk inside of retail”.

According to a report from Gamasutra, the last time a PSP game landed in the top 10 on the NPD software charts was in August 2009.

The game was Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and further research by the industry site found that DS games outsell PSP titles 8 to 1 in US; however, Dyer hopes titles announced at E3 for the platform will help bridge the gap.

“A lot of the stuff that will be announced at E3 we’re very excited about, because they are huge titles, ” he said.

“We’re going to fix retail. First party has done a great job of getting some campaigns in place to do that. We have some very big third-party titles, notably from Japan.

“We will have a good line-up this year. And hopefully, by virtue of that, we’ll carry through to next year as well”.

This mirrors statements Dyer made back in February, and E3 is only a few scant weeks away at this point, so we should know more about these titles soon.



  1. ruckus

    Piracy is having an effect – even for free it’s a waste of time.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. bytemap

    I think they could be right when they say “partial” The other half is actually making a note worthy title instead of rehash games with wonky controls.

    Sorry but 3rd Person shooters with one analog stick doesn’t cut it. That and it’s overpriced compared to the DS and library is little compared to the ease with DS.

    I don’t own either, but I’ve seen and demoed both and the gaming doesn’t seem up to par on the PSP as does with the DS. Sorry Sony, you can’t sell high end graphics on a portable system yet ^_^

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bulk Slash

    I thought for the last 3 years since the slim was launched they’d had motherboards in the PSP that prevented Pandora batteries being used to install custom firmware?

    Sounds like a bit of a sop excuse to avoid admitting the PSP has bombed in the west.

    I think Sony have been so focused on fixing the disastrous early PS3 years that they forgot to look after the PSP.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    I think the PSP gets lost in the shuffle.

    Older folks want iPods/cell phones.

    Younger folks wants a DS.

    It really isn’t all just about the games.

    Teens/adults text on phones/liten to MP3 players(mostly ipods). Carrying around a larger game system and the games for it isn’t something they are going to look cool doing. (not gonna impress the girls much with that). Plus its just not as convienent.

    Nintendo DS is Mom/Dad friendly. Is overflowing with youthful games. Costs less. Ties very well into Cartoons/pixar/disney movies.

    I just don’t know that there is a large audience out there for PSP.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. hitnrun

    OlderGamer has it right. Even among hardcore geeks, the PSP is merely competing with the DS for market share. And those enthusiasts have other games vying for their attention.

    Among the vast mainstream market, it doesn’t even warrant consideration. It doesn’t have games that appeal to girls, women, or people who want to have sex with them. It doesn’t have addictive games for kids or older players. And when it does contradict my generalizations, it doesn’t do so with great efforts and recognizable brand names.

    Piracy is exponentially more widespread on the DS, and you don’t hear Nintendo QQing about it. The sad fact is, I could pirate PSP games right now, but I have a less of a desire to do that than to post barely read comments on a webpage.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. frostquake

    Ok…I am an Older Gamer, and Married. We are in our late 30′s and have both the PSP and DSi. I have the PSP-1000 and the Wife has the PSP-2000, and one Black DSi. I won’t trade up because I love the weight of the PSP-1000 in my hand, and the Wife loves the super light weight of the 2000.
    We both prefer the PSP. We download Music and put it on our PSP’s, We put Comics on it, and we prefer the higher quality of graphics on the PSP.

    We don’t really like the DSi and see it more as a children device, taking pictures and flip-note is not for us, and the software comes off as more for the younger set. That said we own more titles for the DS then the PSP, simply because there is more out there for the DS then the PSP. Also, even though we have a ton more titles for the DSi, we play the PSP more. The only game I now play on the DSi, is Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. The PSP; however, is used nightly to read Comics, listen to music, and play games we downloaded from the PSN, sometimes we buy movies as well and put them on the PSP to watch on the go.

    We really like the PSP and it has tons of Potential, we don’t know anyone who pirates, and we buy every thing legally, so it is sad that a unit that has so much potential is being crushed for many reasons! SIGH….

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    ffs, i thought this was news, damn you spambot

    #7 4 years ago

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