Analysis: The Great PSP Software Rush of 2009

Within 12 weeks, Sony will release the latest iteration of its PlayStation Portable handheld, the PSP Go.

According to comments by Jeff Rubenstein, Social Media Manager for Sony's PlayStation Blog, a majority of the existing PSP software catalog -- previously released on proprietary UMD discs -- will be available for download on the PlayStation Store by the time the new system reaches retail. Since the PSP Go lacks a UMD drive, the online release of the PSP software library factors heavily in that system's success.

As of the last U.S. PlayStation Store update on 9 July 2009, exactly 50 such UMD Legacy games were available. According to various sources -- like Sony's own game listings -- the PSP's domestic UMD catalog consists of around 450 games.

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