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PSP Slim Debuts To Big Sales in Japan 38

Posted by Zonk
from the good-kid-nice-to-see-he's-doing-well dept.
The PSP Slim debuted in Japan on the 20th to some 250,000 unit sales. The unit also got a significant bump with the release of Final Fantasy: Crisis Core pack. Gamespot reports: "The PSP Slim has now sold a total of 326,645 units in Japan, as of September 23, 75,943 of which coming from the Crisis Core bundle. The handheld was first unveiled during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit. According to SCEA president Kaz Hirai, the new device is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer, and it also packs a more efficient battery, is faster at loading games, and features video-out capabilities. According to Enterbrain's tally, the combined total of the PSP's new and old model currently sits at 6,217,664 units since the original first went on sale for the island nation in December 2004. "
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PSP Slim Debuts To Big Sales in Japan

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  • I still get more mileage out of my PSP playing homebrew and old ROMS[1] than any official PSP releases. (Although Lumines is great.)

    [1](NES/SNES/SMS ROMS of games I own, for the legally concerned.)
    • I still get more mileage out of my PSP playing homebrew and old ROMS[1] than any official PSP releases. (Although Lumines is great.)

      Great for the gameplay [pineight.com], or great for modding 3.50 firmware PSPs?

      [1](NES/SNES/SMS ROMS of games I own, for the legally concerned.)

      What kind of copier did you use to dump them from your cartridges? (UMG v. MP3.com [wikipedia.org])

      • I'm not sure what you're getting at in your post, but on the chance that you're interested:

        Great for the gameplay, or great for modding 3.50 firmware PSPs?

        Great for the gameplay. I own both Lumines games for the PSP. I also have a GBA (and a DS, and a GBA-Micro and...) though I have not pursued the necessaries to play homebrew/ROMs on it.

        Honestly, I purchased the PSP to play the upcoming Castlevania release. (I'm a fan of the series. Sue me. ;) Since I purchased the PSP well in advance of the game being released, I wanted something to do with it. And I disco

        • Great for the gameplay. I own both Lumines games for the PSP.

          Lumines I can understand. But Disney's Lumines II? Do you listen to Sonny and Cher? ([1] [wikipedia.org] [2] [wikipedia.org] [3] [wikipedia.org])

          I also have a GBA (and a DS, and a GBA-Micro and...) though I have not pursued the necessaries to play homebrew/ROMs on it.

          You should; you'll like DS homebrew. There's a lot you can do with a touch screen that you can't do with a pointing stick [wikipedia.org]. For example, all these were drawn on a DS [brombra.net].

          I used the internet to find ROMS of the carts I own. As for UMG v. MP3.com, IANAL, but it appears to me that the court ruled that MP3.com didn't have distribution rights

          Then neither do the ROM sites, as they don't even try to verify that the downloader owns or possesses the cartridge. But I asked about cart dumpers not only for the legal reasons but also because I want to try my hand at developing homebrew for so

          • But Disney's Lumines II?

            You're thinking of Meteos. [wikipedia.org] I'm talking about Lumines. [wikipedia.org]

            ...you'll like DS homebrew

            I believe you, as I said, I just haven't taken the time to pursue it. The PSP is the first system I've really pursued homebrew on, purely because that was where the most interesting things were happening on the system. The DS has had enough good titles to keep me happy, so I haven't really looked elsewhere to get fulfillment from my entertainment dollars. (That said, though, the pics on that site were awesome.)

            • bvg is Disney (Score:3, Informative)

              by tepples (727027)

              You're thinking of Meteos. I'm talking about Lumines.
              Outside of Japan:
              • Ubisoft published Lumines (PSP).
              • Nintendo published Meteos (DS).
              • Disney published Lumines II (PSP), Lumines Plus (PS2), Every Extend Extra (PSP), and Meteos Disney Magic (DS). At some points in its existence, Disney Interactive Studios went by the name "Buena Vista Games".
    • Main thing about the slim to me is they doubled the ram from 32MB to 64MB. I recently played with a few hacked ones, was a bit impressed with them, so i waited for the slim to come out and got that one instead of buying a fat one. The right tools and in about 20 seconds its hacked, 4GB memory card and some bandwidth.. etc etc.. thx sony.. but the ps3 still needs some games.. bad.
    • by donaldm (919619)
      I have never been a fan of hand held game machines and that includes Gameboy, Colour Gameboy and Gameboy Advance since I always find he screen too annoyingly small which actually gives a migraine after about an hours play. My eldest son recently purchased a PSP and a few games and I found that I could actually play for sometime on the PSP without getting a headache. One nice feature was the size which does fit my hands and not cramp them like other hand helds's do and my hands are average size.

      One thing
  • I like the picture of the Gameboy associated with this article. Cheers.
  • Sheesh. It seems like everyone's cashing in on the mini/nano/slim name these days. More power to them; people are buying.

    Me personally, I'm waiting for the PSP Ocular w/ embedded rootkit!
    • by tepples (727027)

      Sheesh. It seems like everyone's cashing in on the mini/nano/slim name these days.

      Except Eminem appears to have given up his slim name. Rumors are that the ending of "Encore/Curtains Down" [wikipedia.org] represents Eminem killing off the Slim Shady character.

      But we have come a long way from the "bigger is better" attitude of the Atari Lynx designers.

    • by ozsynergy (634652)

      Sony had very clear motives on this one, they want to stop homebrew and custom firmwares.

      By releasing the slim it gives people an incentive to buy it (new features),
      it also forces (in a nice way) retailers to sell off their old PSP fat stocks.

      And its worked pretty good in some areas, the new PSP has made it harder to run homebrew (by blocking the 1.5 Firmware) its also reminded the market that the PSP is out there.

      On the down side for Sony the custom firmware runs happily allowing backups to be played

  • I bought a launch PSP. Still have it, though the only use it gets is from homebrew. Unfortunately, I don't have time to waste lately, so it sits collecting dust. I honestly thought Sony would wake up to the demand for an unlocked PSP and/or at least public dev tools. No way.

    So now that Apple is trying to force the same mess down it's customers' throats with the rolling incompatible iBrick updates, I'm pleased to have learned the lesson of the PSP: don't waste your money. It's just not worth the trouble.
    • by Dogtanian (588974)

      I honestly thought Sony would wake up to the demand for an unlocked PSP and/or at least public dev tools. No way.

      Then, with respect, you were naive.

      I'm sure Sony were always aware that there was a certain market segment who'd be more likely to buy a PSP if it weren't locked down. And I'm also sure that they balanced this against their dream of being able to wring extra money from the (far larger number of) ordinary users for every little bit of content and extra functionality.

      You made the common /. mistake of forgetting that your views were probably only representative of a niche user-base versus the mass market

      • Then, with respect, you were naive.

        I'm pleased to have learned the lesson of the PSP: don't waste your money. It's just not worth the trouble.
        And now you're a cynic. Welcome to Slashdot! You'll fit right in!
    • Huh? The iPhone & PSP have jack all shit to do with each other. The PSP is a bulky game system that wants to be a movie player so very badly, and the iPhone is just that. A PHONE, and an iPod. Stop drinking the haterade (yes, I just said haterade).
  • by n3tcat (664243)
    Does anyone know if this is compatible with the pandora battery hack?

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