No UMD transfers for PSPGo, says Sony

Written by Joe Martin

September 25, 2009 | 11:00

Tags: #minis #psp #pspgo #psp-go #transfer #umd

Companies: #sony

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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