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No UMD transfers for PSPGo, says Sony

No UMD transfers for PSPGo, says Sony

Sony has cancelled plans for a system that would let PSP owners convert their UMD games to the PSPGo format.

Sony has announced that it no longer has any plans to let PSP owners transfer their UMD games to the digital format used by the upcoming PSPGo, potentially meaning you'll have to buy those games all over again.

While the original PSP plays games off of the in-built UMD drive, the new PSPGo has no drive whatsoever and is a digital-only console that lets owners buy and download games only from the PlayStation store. Set to launch next month, the PSPGo will cost $250 USD in the US or around £215 GBP in the UK.

Sony had originally planned to roll out a system that would allow PSP owners to convert their UMD games to the PSPGo's digital format, possibly through booths in game stores. Now though, those plans have been utterly scrapped and users will be unable to convert their games.

"We were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time," a Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesman told Kotaku.

Instead, Sony claims it is starting to look into a trade-in system instead, which would let users physically trade their UMD's in with Sony for a digital replacement - but Sony has yet to commit to the idea fully, it seems.

"We are looking into programs for owners who have previously purchased UMD titles and want to exchange them for digital versions. It's something we are still hammering out the details. As soon as we have solid plans in place we will make an announcement."

The PSPGo has also run into problems with retailers recently, with some Dutch stores refusing to stock the device and independent stores across the UK complaining about the price. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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l3v1ck 25th September 2009, 11:07 Quote
Rip off merchants! I hate the idea of having to pay for stuff twice.
That's why I refuse to buy music with DRM as I might have to pay for it again.
SpeedLegion 25th September 2009, 11:08 Quote
This is going to FAIL!
Did they not learn anything about wanting to play games you own already with the PS3? Sales dipped once the backward compatibility chip was removed, and now you can't even play the same generation games on the same generation hand held!
This is just too dumb by Sony.
cjoyce1980 25th September 2009, 11:09 Quote
rape!!!
lacuna 25th September 2009, 11:20 Quote
So its been reduced to a less functional, uglier and more expensive version of the existing PSP. Great.
mi1ez 25th September 2009, 11:29 Quote
tut tut sony
DXR_13KE 25th September 2009, 11:34 Quote
*pics up megaphone* FAIL!!!!!!! *puts down megaphone*

They are going to kill this platform in a way that will make people in the future cringe when they hear the name of this abomination.
Rkiver 25th September 2009, 11:40 Quote
Glad I have an old first generation PSP. Hacked to homebrew and back.
Dosvedagna 25th September 2009, 11:54 Quote
This is going to kill the PSP for sony, what a huge waste of money
Paradigm Shifter 25th September 2009, 11:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
*pics up megaphone* FAIL!!!!!!! *puts down megaphone*

They are going to kill this platform in a way that will make people in the future cringe when they hear the name of this abomination.

Completely agree.

I've got a fair old catalogue of PSP games (rereleases of old JRPGs, for the most part) so this is stupidity. Makes me glad I picked up a spare PSP cheap (for when mine breaks; it's Sony, so it probably will...) when a local electronics store was having a closing down sale.
mikeuk2004 25th September 2009, 12:39 Quote
With them still considering trading in your UMD for digital version, then im for that. I wouldnt mind getting rid of my disks as they are falling apart.
goldstar0011 25th September 2009, 12:55 Quote
PSP = fail
what more can be said on it
mi1ez 25th September 2009, 14:24 Quote
pspgo will soon be associated with dreamcast and turbografx
eddtox 25th September 2009, 15:32 Quote
Could someone develop a completely new OS for the PSP? The hardware is great but sony sucks - badly. Id love to see an open OS for portable consoles. But im probably pushing the boundaries of fantasy too far there. :-(. I wish someone would enable 802.11g on the Slim though ...
liratheal 25th September 2009, 16:49 Quote
Sony seem determined to kill this thing.

I can't think of a good move they've ever made with the system..
Furymouse 25th September 2009, 18:22 Quote
It sounds like sony is trying to cut out retailers in everyway possible. ( assuming that is that you would need to bring the disc into one to have it transferred over.)

And comparing it to the dreamcast is a little cruel, I mean the dreamcast at least had some redeeming qualities.
mikeuk2004 25th September 2009, 19:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
Sony seem determined to kill this thing.

I can't think of a good move they've ever made with the system..

Games, Music, Video, Browser, RSS Feeds, Remote play? Made it slimmer with the 3000 and better screen. What else do you want it to do? clean your house?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dosvedagna
This is going to kill the PSP for sony, what a huge waste of money
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
*pics up megaphone* FAIL!!!!!!! *puts down megaphone*

They are going to kill this platform in a way that will make people in the future cringe when they hear the name of this abomination.

No, the Price point of the system and the price of the DLC is going to kill it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpeedLegion
This is going to FAIL!
Did they not learn anything about wanting to play games you own already with the PS3? Sales dipped once the backward compatibility chip was removed, and now you can't even play the same generation games on the same generation hand held!
This is just too dumb by Sony.

Sales dipped, are you sure? Is Nintendo also stupid too with their DSI then? If you have gone and got a PSPgo to replace your PSP then why would you still keep your UMD's? unless your keeping your old PSP, in which case what is the problem?
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Rip off merchants! I hate the idea of having to pay for stuff twice.
That's why I refuse to buy music with DRM as I might have to pay for it again.

You dont have too, trade your UMD in for the DLC if you really want it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Furymouse
It sounds like sony is trying to cut out retailers in everyway possible. ( assuming that is that you would need to bring the disc into one to have it transferred over.)

And comparing it to the dreamcast is a little cruel, I mean the dreamcast at least had some redeeming qualities.


If they allowed you to transfer it then they would be open to pircay, because you could just give your game (UMD) to your firends and get it transfered to their psp's too.

Then retail would be out of business because there would be no reason to buy a game, just get a copy off a friend.
HourBeforeDawn 25th September 2009, 20:34 Quote
I still dont get it, why did they make this? why does it exist? for what purpose? they should have put the money wasted on this into like the PSP2 or I dont know adding more software features to the current psp ~_~

I say for the next generation of PSP drop UMD and have TWO memory card slots, one for your own personal memory with no size limit and the second for the games to come on instead of UMD disc we would use the memory sticks. now that would be awesome, no worries about disc issues and there would be less power usage and you can fit more products into your travel case ^_^
ssj12 25th September 2009, 21:40 Quote
the problem is probably other publishers. they probably don;t like the idea of a UMD being "copied". They would rather have you rebuy their games.
xprodancer 26th September 2009, 01:27 Quote
this just gets better and better! (sigh) what i load of S**T!
dyzophoria 26th September 2009, 03:31 Quote
go sony! continue killing that little piece of ..
NethLyn 26th September 2009, 09:04 Quote
Glad I never bought into the platform, though actually, I can't remember how long the Game Gear lasted against whatever Ninty had out at the time, that would be the nearest comparison to the PSP in the modern day.
mikeuk2004 26th September 2009, 13:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by NethLyn
Glad I never bought into the platform, though actually, I can't remember how long the Game Gear lasted against whatever Ninty had out at the time, that would be the nearest comparison to the PSP in the modern day.

Hardley, 6 Years the Gamegear lasted and the PSP is 1 year younger but sold 5 times more than the Game Gear ever did and holds alot more of the market share.

The PSP has 33% of the market and DS/I with 66%. The Gamegear had only 8.4% of the market compared to Gameboys 91% I think the PSP is doing really well from a business point of view and is making money, so it would be stupid if sony scrapped the PSP. Because that makes no business sense at all. It is far from a failure, but their model for digital download is too expensive to have any effect on sales.

Would you have ever said the Gameboy was a failure? It works out less than 20 Million for five years which the PSP has more than doubled.

Gameboy 118.69 in 20 Years
DS Lite 107.75 Million Coming up to 5 Years
PSP 55.5 Million coming up to 5 years
Game Gear Sol 11 Million in 6 years.
Neo Geo Pocket 2 Million in 1 year
Atari Lynx 500K in 1 year

The Gameboy looks like a failure compared to the DS.
ImInTheZoneBaby 27th September 2009, 00:15 Quote
I feel sorry for all the people that picked up a PSPGo thinking they would eventually be able to use their games on it...

Naughty Sony.
Tsk tsk.
BLC 27th September 2009, 16:31 Quote
Nail + coffin.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Games, Music, Video, Browser, RSS Feeds, Remote play? Made it slimmer with the 3000 and better screen. What else do you want it to do? clean your house?

The 2000 (aka Slim & Lite) actually slimmed down the PSP the most. Most of the "improvements" in the 3000 version were needless fiddling. Better screen? Sure it's brighter and the colours are a little better, but not at the cost of the horrendous scanlines they introduced. I'll stick with my so-called "inferior" screen in my Slim & Lite - you really can't see any ghosting unless you're looking for it.

Besides the Slim & Lite, the best revisions to the PSP have come in the form of firmware.
dark_avenger 28th September 2009, 06:29 Quote
i think i'll stick with my PSP Fat
homebrew ftw
liratheal 28th September 2009, 09:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Games, Music, Video, Browser, RSS Feeds, Remote play? Made it slimmer with the 3000 and better screen. What else do you want it to do? clean your house?

Hm, let's see.

When a console update comes out that is, basically the same hardware, I want it to play the same games the previous version did. This isn't a PSP2, it's a refresh. It bloody well ought to play, or have a method of converting, the previous versions games.

Asking people to buy an overpriced new console and then rebuy all their old games is ridiculous.
goldstar0011 28th September 2009, 12:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal


Asking people to buy an overpriced new console and then rebuy all their old games is ridiculous.

How much you wanna bet people actually will!!

Annoyingthing I see with Sony is they get loads of fanboys, like with the PS3 slim and the new link thingy it has to Sony TV were you can contol the PS3 with the tv remote, great idea but actually know some people who plan to get a new TV just for that alone! simply mad!!
eddtox 1st October 2009, 13:29 Quote
Haha! PSP S&L+CFW=GBA+PSX goodness>PSPgo SONY=FAIL :D
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