Just the other day, Sony’s hardware marketing official, John Koller mentioned that Apple’s attempt at conquering portable gaming is a positive thing for Sony. Apparently, the launch of the iPhone and the iPad will drive the PSP sales up. In the case of the iPhone, this is real, because ever since Apple’s phone was launched, the PSP sales tripled.

Of course, the rising sales might have something to do with the fact that Sony’s platform evolved, giving up the UMD, getting a bunch of blockbuster games and extra features, but still they claim it has to do with the Cupertino giant… Let’s see Nintendo saying the same thing about the DS, or the Wii, perhaps even mentioning Sony Ericsson’s gaming phones and their Wii-like controls.

[via engadget]