Sony abandons plans for UMD conversion program

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  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Ouch.

    "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.

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

    http://kotaku.com/5367207/sony-nixes-plans-for-umd-conversion-program-for-pspgo?skyline=true&s=x
     
  2. Taustin Powers macrumors regular

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    That really sucks for current PSP owners who were considering the "upgrade".

    I guess they won't be considering it anymore...

    Sony is doing a lot of things right lately, but this whole PSPgo thing is not one of them.
     
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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  4. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    I am still going to get one, but every day it seems like there is another reason this is a crappy purchase. Especially in the US.

    At least in the EU they get a free copy of GT (which isn't worth $40, but is a decent toss-in), and the 'pick three' incentive (although the games are all ancient games selling in bargain bins for ~2 years now).

    I was going to be surprised if they really did a solid UMD trade-in ... but I expected SOMETHING. They really are out of their minds - we are charging more, and offering absolutely no incentive to buy ... and that trade-in program we announced? It was really just to get pre-orders ...
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Balls. Nice idea offering 3 downloads (out of a total of 17 :rolleyes:) but I was counting on a UMD conversion program. I wasn't planning on getting a Go any time soon however.
     
  6. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    So with some game store chains deciding not to stock/carry the PSPgo!

    And with Sony basically saying "up yours!!" to existing those PSP users who would probably be the main candidates for the PSPgo!, how much of a real success do we expect the PSPgo! to truly be?

    Seems it's chances are stacked against it to say the least.

    I won't be getting one. I'll stick with my PSPslim and 16gb memory card.
     
  7. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    Sony, I really wanna buy the Go. But first the price, then the accessories, then this? Making it REAL hard on me to justify the money.
     
  8. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Okay this is turning me away from the go...I have a lot of UMD based games and I would really like to play them on the go(no pun intended)

    I think I might have to hold out on the go until they get the conversion thing down.



    Bless
     
  9. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    Just wrote a bit about this for GearDiary ... will link when it goes live. OK, now it is up here: A quote -

    New info - confirmed that the SCEA region (NA) gets a whole lotta nuthin':

    ""SCEA region will not offer a UMD rewards program at this time," due to the fact that the company has a "dual-platform strategy,""
     
  10. gkarris macrumors 604

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    You can thank Apple for being the prime example for downloadable gaming on the iPhone/Touch.

    Think about it, instead of selling someone a game for $15, then they can sell it to someone else for $10, then that person can sell it to someone else for $7.

    Sony will only make $15.

    But, selling a DRM'd download for $15, each person has to buy a copy - so Sony will make $45.

    Someone who works in the gaming industry told me that's where the handhelds are going - downloadable DRM'd content since the game filesizes are small.

    iPhone/Touch, PSP Go, Nintendo DSi...
     
  11. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I think that once everyone is guaranteed a good wifi connection we'll start seeing physical media being dropped. I don't think Nintendo or Sony will be relying completely on DD for a good few years.
    Could be cool if they added a Kindle like system, a data connection relying on mobile phone networks but can only access DD shops.

    And that needs to happen too. DD shops. Not 1 shop per manufacturer. You'll never see competition that way.
     
  12. KurtangleTN macrumors 6502a

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    I know that there are plenty here that want to upgrade, but this is clearly meant to appeal to new people, not that I think it will.

    I see this as a pretty big flop.
     

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