Well, if this isn't a taste of irony. Analyst Michael Pachter states that there is only one country at fault for the Sony's tepid run in the portable gaming industry:
Blame Japan,- Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morgan analyst
Where's the irony? Right now, the PSP is doing its best in Japan. The sales of the system have been given a boost due to some key releases, so I'm not quite sure what angle Mr. Pachter in coming from? Maybe this will clear it up:
"[Japan]'s instructing the US to play catch-up with Microsoft on Xbox Live, step up its online game with Home, offer movie downloads and push the Blu-ray home theater initiative just to begin with. Something had to give. The company has been spreading itself too thin."
Personally, it seems Sony uses one thing to market another, which is good business sense ("synergy"). Spreading itself too thin? No, it's betting on the wrong format horse. For the first time, in its gaming history, Sony took a chance on the wrong technology (read: UMD). Well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, right?