Sony's Dille Defends UMD, Confirms PSP Video Download Service

Talking to Gamasutra as part of an in-depth new interview posted today, Sony's Peter Dille has been discussing the newly announced slimline PSP, defending the UMD movie format and confirming a PSP video download service is in development.

When asked about the new PSP revealed at E3, which is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer, Dille commented: "This new design addresses the load times to a certain degree. The internal memory has been improved, so the load times are improved."

However, the UMD movie format has come in for criticism, with many retailers and movie studios cutting back majorly on the format, and Dille admitted: "The movie issue you're referring to is really a function of our not handling communication with Hollywood terribly well. When the PSP came out, it was a new format, and as with a lot of new formats, what Hollywood does is back up the catalog and say, "Come on guys, let's release all this stuff on the new video format." Unfortunately, we didn't do a good enough job communicating to Hollywood about who was going to be buying a PSP."

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THE_JUDGE4104d ago

what they big deal is with UMD. I don't remember hearing people whooting and hollering about any format that Nintendo made for its handhelds. This is the first time a full length movie has been srunk to such a small sized unit and I think its cool. I think that they should have made the video out on the PSP from the beginning though. I do like the idea of a PSP store though, it will come in handy as hell.

Vojkan4104d ago

You dont get it do you? EVERY SITE out there hates Sony.They could sh!t gold and still they would be bashed and criticized by every major site.

cdzie14104d ago

I have about 6 or 7 PSP movies. I thought they were really cool in the beginning, but since I got a video iPod, I prefer to bring that to watch movies. I think movie downloads are the way to go for PSP, it does have a bigger screen than my iPod.

BTW: this guy is a tool. He’s the same fool who gave his “HD DVD will be dead in months” prediction and now look at him, he’s defending the UMD which has been even less successful than HD DVD!

Merovee4104d ago (Edited 4104d ago )

But I think the real problem with UMD as far as movies went were:
1- Only the PSP could play them
2- Everyone, despite the facts of #1, thought they could get away with charging the same or More for a movie on UMD.

I think if they had thought about it a tad and charged between $5-10 for movies depending on age (of the movie) they would have sold ALOT more. But go figure hollywood would like to try to get the same for less. It really was a good Idea, and everyone seemed to ruin it. I've actually picked up a few since the prices plummeted on them and they are nice for those long trips when I make my wife drive (hehehe).

As for digital DL's, I think they're far from being a real golden format due to the space they take up, and the fact Hollywood is still scared sh!7less about anything that can be easily copied, for them anything that slows the piracy down they will pay for, so I think most companies will be sticking to a solid format for now as it atleast takes time to crack the new security and then the time to rip it.

Oh, and yes Dille is a nut.

aiphanes4104d ago

It will have a lot of good bluray movies to release, that HD-DVD will not be able to get....Spider Man 3, the new resident Evil movie, ect...ect....Bluray will totally take over by this time next year.

More movie studios support bluray, this is fact. Universal will ultimately support bluray next year, then and only then will HD-DVD be dead.

There will be $200 bluray standalone players by christmas 2007....just like HD-DVD but which would you rather buy?

nobizlikesnowbiz4104d ago

This is the guy that openly bashes the competition. Not very respectfully either, mind you.

"With the Xbox 360 you’ve got an inconsistent design, some have a hard drive, some don’t, and none of them have Blu-Ray, and the HD-DVD will be out of business in a matter of months. Is this a 10 year product? And by the way, it doesn’t even work. Do they want to be selling it for 10 years and refurbishing them all for 10 more years? I don’t think that’s a 10 year product. You could disagree with me, or they could disagree with me, but I’d put that up against the PS3 any day"

^^^ D'Bag of the highest order.

Bloodmask4104d ago

releases a console they have to have some sort of proprietary format that is really expensive?

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