Sony to Offer New Digital Copies Of Your Old UMD Games


You may be thinking, with the recently announced PSP Go, how will I be able to play my previous UMD games? Well, you can keep your old PSP, or you can listen to what John Koller has to say. What’s said might just peak your interest.

When asked how current owners of the PSP will be able to play their collection of UMD games, John Koller responded with:

“We’re in the midst of putting together a good will program. We’ll be unveiling that soon [because] we actually think there’s a significant group that will be upgrading from the 1000…In the past, we’ve seen a 20-25% trade-up factor, and I assume that’s going to be the case here. We’ve modeled that. So we’re looking at a good-will program—a short term good-will program that would continue for years afterward.”

Koller also explained how this would be done, and compared it to Portable Copy (which allows you to rip and convert Blu-Ray movies on your PS3 or PSP). But, Koller did confirm that they will not be doing UMD ripping. Instead, you can expect a PSN-based digital distribution system, in which you can sign up for.

The most interesting part of this whole thing is that Portable Copy is free. It might be possible that Sony will offer this new system for free, but of course, there is no confirmation. And to add, the system may not apply to every PSP title out there, just the important ones.

Stay tuned on PlayStation LifeStyle for more on the PSP Go, and other PSP related news.