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Sony to Provide Digital Copies of UMD Games


Sony to Provide Digital Copies of UMD Games

In case you didn't notice, Sony's forthcoming PSP Go doesn't have a UMD drive, as future games will be available both on the much-maligned disc format and as digital downloads begging the question: if you upgrade how do you play older games purchased on UMD? The answer, Sony has said as speaking to Gizmodo, it that an upgrade program of some sort is being planned.

Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing, John Koller, said that the company expects a fair number of existing PSP owners to upgrade to the new console and, as such, are working on "a good will program" to enable owners of UMD-based games to get a digital copy, playable on the Go. Koller also said that, contrary to some speculation, there will be no ripping of UMDs to get a digital copy but, rather, those will be distributed via the PSN store. That makes perfect sense after Sony has gone to the trouble of making it accessible on the Go in the first place.

The implication is that, just like Portable Copy on Blu-rays, where (some) physical discs come with a digital version for use on a portable media player, UMDs will likely come with a code for a digital copy of the same game. There's also a suggestion that not every PSP title would be included in the program, but I can't think of more than a dozen older PSP games I'd want on the newer console anyway, so that probably won't be a problem for 99 per cent of PSP Go owners.




June 8, 2009, 4:43 pm

In my opinion, they should allow you to register you old UMD collection on PSN online, then when you buy the New PSP Go, you will be able to download the games that you registered from PSN(to get a digital copy).

and BTW, the PSP go, looks awesome and its so tiny.


June 8, 2009, 10:37 pm

What's to stop people from downloading the game and then selling on their UMD? I'd be interested to know how the mechanics of this will work...


June 8, 2009, 11:50 pm

Well, Chris, because pricing for the 'good will' downloads will be 'Only £19.99 to cover hosting costs!' probably, knowing Sony. If you really get digital replacements for nothing, I'll have to pinch myself.

That said, Sony have been getting a financial drubbing lately, deservedly in my opinion, so it could be time for them to turn a corner.

Lord Comben III

June 9, 2009, 12:56 am

I worry about only PSN network games. With physical copies there are plenty of shops offers and preowned deals for me get a good deal. With only PSN the prices will be set and i can see older games staying at full price. Tis a concern of mine

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