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Do you consider the PSP 'retro'?
Posted 1/10/14
Recently, I was digging through my usual routine of internet gaming news/media, when an excerpt caught my attention. While I don't recall which particular site, nor article had stated it. There was a mention of the PSPs age, coupled with the words 'retro gaming' (again, I don't recall the actual quote)

Point is;
Is the PSP old enough to be considered retro?

I mean, granted the system's roughly a decade old, and has met the end of it's marketable lifespan. I don't even know if they still make games for it, honestly. Now loved my PSP (all 4 of them), even though A LOT of games were less-than masterpieces. It did have some awesome titles near the end (Peace Walker, Persona 3, The 3rd Birthday, etc.) And being able to play classic PSX games, and SNES/Sega games via emulator was friggin sweet. No to mention some of the homebrew apps that can to it over the years (windows 98?, come on, that was awesome) If my old 2000's screen didn't break, I'd probably still be playing it. I don't feel it's old enough to be counted along with the likes of the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, so on so forth. Hell, even the PS1 is considered 'retro', by todays standards. I do, however, believe that it was a truly memorable system, and has it's place in gaming history.

But do I personally consider PSP retro? No, not just yet. Someday, perhaps it'll have the same nostalgic feel as the NES. Maybe when my grandkids are playing the PS19, Xbox-Sphere (lol idk), or what have you.

Discuss?
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Posted 1/11/14
I'm still playing it now and still waiting for Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC to come out on it, so no. But I think it will be soon since there are barely any new games coming out for it.
Posted 1/11/14 , edited 1/11/14
No, considering my first gaming console was Atari
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Posted 1/12/14
Woah waoh waoh, woah

PSP came out back in 2004-2005, so its been about 9 years now.

The graphics on it are still superb, and I happen to still play on it from time to time.

The PSP, for now, is still too advanced to be called retro.
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Posted 1/13/14
No, it's nowhere near retro.

However it's lifespan is shortening slowly.

I expect it to die out in the next 1-2 years.
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Posted 1/13/14
Soon enough, but i mean they are still making games for it. For example : God Eater 2 is the latest of all
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Posted 1/13/14 , edited 1/13/14
The PSP definitely isn't considered retro in my opinion. I usually start calling something retro when there's 2 generations of newer consoles/handhelds after the console/handheld available.

Like, I only recently started to consider Gamecube retro, a bit after the Wii U was released ;P. Though it might also have to do with me getting older and just not wanting to accept consoles being retro any sooner than that.
Posted 1/14/14
I forgot I made this.

Well franky, I'm glad it's not as old as some people say/perceive. Makes me feel young again (pardon the hyperbole) I mean, It was around for the PS2/GC era, but only near the end of, as I recall. And I was unaware that titles are still being published for it, so that's cool. Might be worth getting another one, so I can finally beat Peace Walker (f*king love MGS)
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Posted 1/14/14 , edited 1/14/14
although i got mine wihen they were a brand new system i dont consider it retro. personly "new" retro systems would include Nintendo 64, ps one, and sega dreamcast. any system before those i would consider retro but thats just me
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Posted 1/16/14
I consider it retro, even though they still sell it. I like handhelds because its the idea of retro tech and modern development being brought together. The PSP is basically a suped-up PSOne. Yet when you see things like Kingdom Hearts or God of War you can't help but be amazed.
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Posted 1/17/14
Considering that PSP came out in 2004, which was nearly 10 years ago, I would definitely consider it retro. Does anyone still make games for it anymore? I still have a PSP, but I don't play it anymore. Maybe I should try some psp games out.
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Posted 1/17/14
Yes, it's been about 10 years since the release of the very first PSP with the PSVita out, it's now considered a retro system. The physical copies of the games for the system are hard to find than normal (IE: Gamestop, Wal-Mart,etc.) which you can only resort to specialty shops or online stores to gain them.

At any rate, the answer is definitely "YES".
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Posted 1/17/14
Literally used my PSP every day this week and I take it with me to college most days..
Since I homebrewed my PSP it has become one of my more useful consoles.

NES,SNES,SEGA Megadrive, etc are retro, PSP has a long way to go to be considered Retro in my eyes.
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Posted 1/17/14
The PSP is most definitely NOT retro as there have been and will continue to be PSP games made for it. Retro = Dated video game console which is no longer sold new and on which no games are being made for, nor have been for some time. Retro right now begins at the PS1/Gamecube/Xbox and goes backwards. Japan still releases PSP games.

You may as well ask if the Nintendo DS is retro considering it was released in early 2004, and the PSP AFTER the DS.

And really, do any of you think the Nintendo DS is retro? Ha.

PSP-3000's are still being produced:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playstation_portable

Funnily enough, the DSi is the oldest model still being produced:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_DS_family#Nintendo_DS_family
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Posted 1/18/14
PSP is still quite popular in Japan, and it remains one of my favorites here in the U.S. I still occasionally get PSN cards so that I can get new content for it. A great portable, underappreciated due to Nintendo dominating the portable market for so long (and due to taking a little while to come into its own).
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