PSP “getting a bit old,” says Yoshida

Monday, 20 September 2010 16:29 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Looks like PSP is set to join that gaming retirement home, if comments from SCE WorldWide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida are an indication.

The exec told GI at Tokyo Game Show the system is starting to get “a bit old.”

“When we launched PSP it was the newest, biggest, brightest thing that we had – and after five or six years, and releasing many games, there’s no denying that people start to see that it’s getting a bit old,” said Yoshida.

“But we’re always trying to expand the market – now our focus is on shifting to a younger audience and a more casual audience, and we’re making games for that audience.”

The original PSP was first announced at E3 in 2003, followed by a formal reveal the following year. It was released in Europe five years ago this month.

No talk of PSP2, though

So if PSP is about to bite the dust, surely this means we’ll see PSP2 soon, right? Shu’s saying nothing.

“Of course, I am not answering that question,” he said when asked by Kotaku at TGS if PSP2 would be either disc-based or digital-only.

“But as technology and infrastructure improves, digital devices will become a larger part of people’s lives.”

Last week, Mortal Kombat developer Netherrealm Studios said it had gotten hold of a PSP2, but hadn’t received a 3DS.