While the announcement of the device certainly took us by surprise, we also felt like it made a lot of sense. Sony's PSP strategy has shifted in recent years, with the platform holder targeting younger users.
SCEE's new gaffer Jim Ryan confirmed the philosophy in an interview with MCV, touching on the device's lack of Wi-Fi: "It's all for the audience. If we are going to take PSP very young — teens and much younger — they are happy to just play the game. If taking Wi-Fi out is the price to pay, we're happy to. At 99/£89 it will make a great Christmas gift."