Just ahead of E3, Sony's John Koller has stated that the UMD format is here to stay, thwarting any rumours about a change of format for any redesigned PSP.
I actually like it. It's small and doesn't get scratches easy because of it's shell. And It has a Max. of 1.8 GB of space on it. That is just huge for a handheld (that's more than the Gamecube's optical disc that can hold 1.5 GB). It's also nice to watch some movies while your underway too.
£10 for a UMD? That's expensive. Here in Holland they are about 8-10 euro, which is roughly converted aprox. £5 or £6 pounds.
You'd visit Holland just to buy some cheap UMDs? That's insane.........I like the way you think, lol. I know your just kidding;)
Damn, I need to go visit Holland sometime soon lol
I think the UMD's are great. I just wish the PSP could play standard video formats so I don't have to convert the video. Either way it is still easy to do.
for years to come.psp games will never be realsed in MS becuse if sony did than they give the thumbes up for pircy and that going to kill the platform
UMD movies are cool, I've got three of them and the quality is outstanding...
They really need to cut the RRP of these things. Thats is what's letting it down. Who the hell is going to buy a UMD at the same price as a DVD when it has less features? To be honest, I think all UMD'S should be about £10, because that,s how much mine cost after it was discounted. I'd buy a lot more if this was the case.
I believe UMD will stay with PSP 1 until they decide to make PSP 2. Which should be in 2010. Then they are likely to switch over to Mini-Blu-Ray with 15 GB per disc and they are roughly about the same size as UMD discs, but they have a ton more space.
Didn't know about mini blu-ray disks!!
Bubble for you for showing me enlightenment :)
dude you are too smart for this website.
UMD is like a bad smell hanging around the game shops ¬¬
but it is far more affective against pircy than mini cd or ms everwill be
Sony should really consider selling UMD's w/ Blu Ray's as incentive to buy the movies. It may actually sell more PSP's as well. They should have done this w/ DVD's in the 1st place. Charge an additional $5 for a SE DVD that includes the UMD. OF course this would have only been instituted w/ Sony Pictures, but that is a large umbrella of movies.
You can fit more data on a SD card and they nearly cost the same to produce. The problem with UMD is spinning the disk eats up battery power, a big problem for portable devices.
Why does Sony try new formats every time it releases a game console and make us gamers pay for it? A PS3 with a normal DVD drive for $200 less would be just as good. But no, Sony is using gamers just to say “we sold x number of Blu-ray players.” Thankfully, most gamers aren’t buying it, as PS3 is getting destroyed by 360 and Wii in the sales data. Sony’s losing hundreds on each console sold, Ken Kutaragi was pushed out, publishers are scrambling to port their once exclusive PS3 games over to 360. PSP is getting killed by DS. It’s a major disaster!
And just so you know, I own a PS3 & PSP! I’m just sick and tired of Sony feeding us this overpriced BS when their real goal is launching a new format and receiving the royalties. Why do you think Sony left the HD DVD camp and created a format war by starting Blu-ray? Because they didn’t want to share the royalties and they knew they could get gamers to subsidize the project. They are arrogant in thinking PS3 will outsell everything just because of the Sony name… and now it’s coming back to kick them in the rear!
I’m not buying your BS anymore Sony. Looks like not many people are!
Sony gets there profit from the PS3 solely on software so they also try there best on creating original yet unique discs in ways to not let people piracy on them. The UMD and Blu-Ray is one example on them trying. It's a smart tactic but sometimes it comes with a price on funding there research on new discs and the price of people finding ways to pirate the hell out of them.
Just to clarify, there is no such thing as mini blue ray, nor has anyone ever said there will be apart from the guy who posted about three comments above me. By the time the PSP 2 rolls around they are likely to change the format.
I would say it is likely that Sony will stick with a disc based format as opposed to anything solid state although it would be nice if they went with the latter (much cheaper, much more space, much less battery drainage).
Just to clarify, there is no such thing as mini blue ray, nor has anyone ever said there will be, apart from DeadlyFire of course. By the time the PSP 2 rolls around they are likely to change the format and both Blueray and HD DVD will be old news on the home formats.
I would say it is likely that Sony will stick with a disc based format for the next PSP as opposed to anything solid state although it would be nice if they went with the latter (much cheaper, much more space, much less battery drainage).
<sigh> People are so quick to rubbish another person's comment without looking first....
read this: http://uk.gizmodo.com/2006/...
Just a tip, before you "clarify" things in future, it would be good for you to do a little research :)
I really liked PSP UMD when it first came out. I remember showing it to everyone. I purchased a couple of movies.
I think the primary reason why this format did not succeeded is because Sony didn't think about one small detail.
Ask yourself why apple succeeded? Their ipods are small and very portable. Do you think people wanted Smaller CDs? Sony tried that(MD) ( Even purchased a Sony MD player when they first came out for like $300) with music and failed.
People wanted portable devices... small and easy to carry. What's the point of having a portable device when you have to carry 50 disk in your bag? Or the anoyance of having to change disk when you want to listen to something else.
Blu-ray is a different story, since you don't move it around and all your movies are usually right next to it.
Blu-ray mini will also be a failure? Why? look at the zune and the ipod video.... they now let you download movies and play them.
These portable devices are doubling their capacity every year.
" believe UMD will stay with PSP 1 until they decide to make PSP 2. Which should be in 2010. Then they are likely to switch over to Mini-Blu-Ray with 15 GB per disc and they are roughly about the same size as UMD discs, but they have a ton more space"
3 years from now... when these devices may have a hard drive capacity of 200G-300GB and new compression technologies will allow movies which do not need to be HD in these portable devices and people can add more movies than they afford to them...
You actually believe that while Zune, Ipods and other hardware manufacturers are letting people upload their movies into a HDD Sony will come up with blu-ray MINI? .... I don't know guys....
MiniBlu-ray would fail for the same reason UMD failed... portability.
Sony will do the same...they know that downloading movies is the way to go. The PSP is an awsome device by sony...I hope in the future they move to content downloading for the psp.
PSP not really a big thing but that umd shell is good for protecting scratches
Whoops, my bad, sorry deadly fire I stand corrected.
Still don't think this will be the format for PSP 2 however.
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