Sony to Offer New Digital Copies Of Your Old UMD Games


"So what will happen to all of your old UMD games if you buy a PSP Go? You'll be able to procure digital copies of those discs, maybe even for free.

I asked Sony's John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing for Sony, what the company planned to do for their most loyal fanbase-those who'd amassed a large collection of UMDs but who'd also like to play these games on the Go. His response:

We're in the midst of putting together a good will program. We'll be unveiling that soon [because] we actually think there's a significant group that will be upgrading from the the past, we've seen a 20-25% tradeup factor, and I assume that's going to be the case here. We've modeled that. So we're looking at a good will program - a short term good will program that would continue for years afterward."

Short-term for years afterward? In other words, the program itself will last for years, but game conversion will be tied to either when you bought the UMD or the PSP Go-such specifics were not made clear.

Speaking more regarding the technical aspects of the good will program, Koller explained while the distribution model was still in the planning stages, the user's experience would be similar to Portable Copy-a way in which Blu-ray movies can be ripped and converted from the PS3 to the PSP. However, Koller assured me that users would not be ripping their UMDs. Instead, it sounds like Sony will use a PSN-based digital distribution model will "encourage" users to sign up for the service.

But the neatest thing about Koller's Portable Copy comparison? Portable Copy is free. So we're doubting, but uncertain, as to whether or not Sony will be charging for this service. Unfortunately, Koller also slipped in that Sony's "looking at what kind of games will be offered." So Sony's good will program will probably not apply to every title in the PSP's library, but given that there are only a few that matter anyway, maybe this limitation isn't such a big deal."

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XxSolid SnakexX3422d ago

can't wait psp go will be awesome

locos853422d ago

only disappointment is still the lack of the second analog stick. i won't be playing shooters do to the fact. I don't like auto aim.

raztad3422d ago

I pry God for NO more shooters on the PSP. That is a waste of development time. Most PSP game dont need a second stick, early ports and absurd fps did, but is the case no more.

darthv723422d ago (Edited 3422d ago )

I am sure they will have that worked out. So if you got a bunch of UMD's and then proved you had the games, gotten the downloads, get rid of the physical and still be able to play the digital version.

Gamestop will have a run on cheap used umd games. People will buy them then trade them back in once they have the dl version?

edit: the thing I hate about digital copy is that you get to do it once to the pc (at least my experience with it). So if you format your pc, you cant get the digital copy.

Now I do not have any bluray movies with DC on them. I am wanting to know if you can get the DC ver by simply plugging in the psp to ps3? It should be as easy as the dc ver is on the same blu disc (not a sep disc like the ones I have) and you just plug in the psp that is registered and get the copy loaded on the psp.

Are there any blu movies that do it that way?

Baka-akaB3422d ago

What shooters anyway ?
And i dont get those silly complaints about second analogic .

Everytime i ask they cant even give a valid gameplay reason for one on the psp besides fps that arent suitable to the medium imo .

Hell until fps appears , the second analogic of the ps2 was almost never needed , and relegated to a glorified select bouton , or a center camera stick . Wich can easily be done with a single analagoic and a D-Pad .

Anyway i'm against anything that'd make easier to just port ps2 titles like in the psp's early days .
Make actual psp titles , not ps2 portable remakes .

FamilyGuy3422d ago (Edited 3422d ago )

You can sync a friggin DS3 to it, wirelessly...
I hope it gets a propping stand

On sonys part this was a great idea:
All the piracy showed theres a digital market
A new model might lower piracy
And the Big one: digital distribution means they won't be loosing money to GameStop and other game trade stores.

darthv723422d ago

would you really want to be looking at the small screen playing with the controller? I can see hooking it up to the tv and then sitting back and playing the games with the ds3.

I had a suggestion for the psp2. Make the games support hd res through the video out. That way they look nice and crisp at 720p or 1080i instead of "blown up" and remain the same res as the psp screen.

FamilyGuy3422d ago (Edited 3422d ago )

I do mean/plan to use it on a tv screen. Hopefully this model will output in full screen. If not theres always zoom/apect ratio control which is on most tvs.

Chris3993422d ago

Guess I'll have two PSPs now, come October :)

meepmoopmeep3422d ago

if i can somehow get my UMD's i already have onto the Go
then sure, the Go seems more appealing to me now.

otherwise i'll wait, the price is a bit steep as it is.

40cal3422d ago

There will be no hesitation in my decision to upgrade to the PSP Go!

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ceedubya93422d ago

I liked the concept behind the PSP go, but was hesitant to get it due to the omission of UMDs. This has sealed the deal for me to upgrade.

Jeff2573422d ago

If they really do give me a way to keep some of my UMDs as DD then Ill definitely reconsider my opinion about the PSP Go. As it stands 249 is a bit too high without a way to be able to play my UMD titles on it. I certainly wouldnt rebuy them when i have a working PSP that can play them. But being able to have them there in the system is a huge win. Anyway I do hope Sony gies us more details in the future especially about which titles will be available.

Sangria3422d ago

I don't get it, isn't that a way to promote free game sharing? If i own a PSP-X000 and some UMDs, and use that software, what will prevent me to give the digital copy to a friend's PSP Go?
I can't wait to hear more about that feature, just to dispel my fears.

Da One3422d ago

since DL content is tied to your accounts, all content must be activated under said account

That means if you do give your friend a copy of your digital game he would lose access to his other content(games, movies downloaded from PSN) the moment he activates his PSP under your account and vise versa

so he would need to keep reactivating content under different PSN's.

It won't stop it from happening but i'm not big on sharing things from my PSN

qface643422d ago

they could just do what the ds does when you go online

if you use your PSN account it will link it to the psp your using and treat it as a set that way you won't be able to share games

CrazzyMan3422d ago (Edited 3422d ago )

like PSP-1000 and PSP go,
you will be able to play those DD games only on one model or what?

Sangria3422d ago

Thanks for clearing my mind, i see now how it will be. Bubbles for everyone.

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