70 million Sony PSP units sold worldwide
Sony today announced that the cumulative worldwide sales of PSP (PlayStationPortable) handheld entertainment system reached a total of 70 million units as of April 27 2011. PSP made its debut on December 12, 2004 in Japan, March 2005 in North America, May 2005 in Asian countries and regions, and September 2005 in Europe/PAL territories. PSP has continued to evolve as an innovative handheld entertainment system, offering a wide array of exciting software titles and fun peripherals, as well as upgrading features through regular software updates. With the launch of PSP, SCE opened up an entirely new gaming market by offering users new ways of enjoying digital entertainment, including playing games on-line with family and friends via a wireless LAN feature.
Inheriting the basic functions and the design philosophy of PSP-1000, slim and light PSP (PSP-2000) was launched in September 2007, and SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc) introduced PSP-3000 to the world in October 2008, featuring an advanced high contrast LCD and a built-in microphone, while maintaining the form factors of PSP-2000. SCE will continue to promote the expansion of the PSP platform and offer a variety of interactive digital entertainment along with PlayStation Vita as an official name of for next generation portable entertainment system, which will make its debut at the end of the this year.