Sony Is Working On A UMD Solution For PSP Go

One of the biggest hurdles to getting Playstation Portable owners to upgrade to the recently announced PSP Go is their existing library of UMD games which won't work on the device.

But don't worry, Sony Computer Entertainment is hard at work on a solution.

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

Keltner added that SCEA hopes to have the plan in place before the PSP Go ships.

Sony's John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing, told Gizmodo that the program was a "short term good will program that would continue for years afterward."

Earlier this year rumours surfaced that one of the programs Sony was looking at would put kiosks in retail stores that would allow gamers to turn their UMD games into digital ones.

Keltner declined to comment on the rumour.


    "kiosks in retail stores that would allow gamers to turn their UMD games into digital ones" sounds too good to be true. I like the idea, but it is close to impossible to happen in reality.

    Why do I say impossible to be true? How is Sony going to control piracy with that? Isn't their main aim of firmware upgrade is to fight piracy?

      Presumably you'd have to surrender the UMD, which I'm not altogether fond of...

    I don't like the idea of turning in my UMD's for a digital replacement either. I've already lost a 2Gb MS Duo with a few games I'd purchased off the PSN. Admittedly, I haven't bothered seeing if I can download them again yet, but that just goes to show how much I played them anyway :P

    Based on the assumption that PSP Go customers who own UMD games also most likely own a PSP 3000 or earlier, it would probably be smarter to provide a firmware upgrade to allow people to rip their UMD, probably signing it with a key for use on a specific PSP Go in the first place.

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