Sony discontinues PSP in Japan

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Sony Japan has announced that the company will cease PSP shipments in Japan later this month.

Sony has also stopped shipping PSP units to North American retailers since January 2014.

Siliconera reports that Sony is running a Japanese promotion until August 29 designed to get users to upgrade to Vita or Vita TV.

The company will reportedly end its shipping to Europe at an unspecified date, although the system is expected to remain available in emerging markets for some time.

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The worldwide sales for PSP have exceeded 80 million units to date since its launch in December 2004.

The handheld has sold 20,141,072 units in Sony’s home nation, according to the latest data from retail monitor Media Create (viaNeoGAF).

The company reportedly sold close to 1,500 units in Japan during the week ended May 25.