GameStop: PSPgo Owners Will Trade In UMDs

Sony may not be ready to discuss a solution for PSPgo purchasers looking to figure out what to do with their UMD games on the upcoming no-UMD system, but GameStop has an idea...

On an earnings call today to discuss GameStop's results for its second financial quarter of 2009, the company reported that reservations for the October 1 PSPgo are picking up.

Instead of expressing apprehension about a system that can only run games that are downloaded—i.e. not the games primarily sold on GameStop's shelves—the company's executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, Tony Bartel, expressed enthusiasm. We're very excited to be about selling the PSPgo," he said. "We have a very clear roadmap as to how we can drive profitability on the sale of games." Bartel noted that GameStop would do well selling points cards to help downloads.

And, Bartel said, there would be this perk: "It will also be a strong contributor to our trade-in process where you have people that will have UMD games that will no longer work on that platform that will fuel additional currency for GameStop."


    Won't fuel additional currency if no one has the machine to play them on. Or maybe they're assuming the pspgo won't take off and everyone will just get the 3000, lol.

    They could just sell pre-paid full game cards?

    So essentially they will have a huge backlog of UMDs which they can sell at a premium for nothing?

    I actually just questioned the whole... DOWNLOAD ONLY for the PSPgo.

    I mean.. i think its a good idea. Something different. But more an expensive system, to upgrade to or to become a new gamer to the system, its kind of odd.

    There isn't a console like that. Theres XBL Arcade and the PSN, but they're not FULL games, though now with Games on Demand etc.. but they're older games that also been released on disc too.

    I just hope Sony have a decent plan with the no UMD and playing old games etc..

    If it was a whole new PSP like PSP2 then it would make sense. But if this is kinda like Sony's DSi, then i dunno. I'm still very confused.

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