No UMD conversion for PSP Go

[UPDATE] Previously purchased disc-based games won’t be playable on Sony’s new handheld due to "legal and technical reasons"; no PSP Go Rewards program in NA.

Existing PSP owners hoping to pick up a PSP Go and transfer their existing UMD games to the handheld are going to be out of luck--Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sony Computer Entertainment America have confirmed that there will be no way to transfer existing UMD purchases to the new download-only PSP Go.

"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 representative told GameSpot.

Sony's decision stands in marked contrast to sentiments expressed by Sony Computer Entertainment America hardware marketing director John Koller in June. Upon the PSP Go's unveiling at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Koller stated that Sony was putting together a "goodwill program" that would allow UMD owners to download games they already own on the PSP Go.

PSP Go has no love for the UMD.

The £224 ($249) PSP Go lacks the UMD drive from previous versions, relying solely on digital downloads to purchase games. The system comes with 16GB of internal memory to store games, which can be expanded via Sony's proprietary M2 memory cards.

Yesterday, SCEE announced its PSP Go Rewards scheme, which will allow current PSP owners to claim three free games, provided they own at least one UMD. However, the selection of games is limited to just 17 titles, which include Killzone: Liberation, Wipeout Pure, and Everybody's Golf. The scheme will launch alongside the console on October 1 and will run until March 31, 2010.

[UPDATE] SCEA also confirmed for GameSpot today that it has no plans to extend the PSP Go Rewards program to US consumers. "SCEA will not offer a UMD rewards program at this time," a Sony representative said.

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1031 comments
mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

That's pathetic. this was all just a daring experiment to see how many stupid suckers would go out and buy all their games again for a system thats essentially the same

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

One of the biggest mistakes (alongside the $599.99 PS3 launch) Sony has ever made. Just plain stupid.

sneakysnake
sneakysnake

I personally think there is some method behind the madness. With the PS3 Slim, all the PS3 Phats are selling. With the PSP Go, all the older models are selling.

DragonAtma
DragonAtma

And they wonder why Nintendo is crushing them both in the console wars and handheld wars...

UberDjinn
UberDjinn

I know this is old but I cannot hold my anger anymore: SONY YOU ARE (FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE WORSE WORD OR WORDS YOU CAN THINK OF...)! I cannot believe they cannot make firmware that can copy the disc from the PSP to the computer. On top of that, it makes even less sense you cannot even get credit to download it from their store somehow. Nintendo is going to win the handheld wars for sure: the only thing they need to do is allow the DS to display more colors and thats it. Sony is thinking like an electronics store when they should be thinking more like a gaming company. Sony you need help is all I can say....

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

That's a real dumb move by Sony. They release something new but make it incompatible with older games that people already enjoy playing and would want to experience it on the new handheld as soon as possible. Having to wait for a conversion plan that could take months or even years due to legal reasons is a real lame a** excuse. I really want to like the GO but with this sort of crap, probably not..

Caisu
Caisu

Ok, they've basically just guaranteed I'm not going to be buying one of these for a *long~* while, if at all. Well done Sony. Yet again.

Ang3lofD00m
Ang3lofD00m

Hey sony how about you just change up the psp go and put a umd drive on it but still have the 16gb harddrive, Keep the price at $250 and then it will satisfy both consumers. Brand new psp owners, and older psp owners. Then the price won't seem so bad.

Jaggermaster
Jaggermaster

The future games that will come for the PsP GO YOU CAN NOT PLAY them on older PSP's. They (as in SONY) are forcing you to buy another psp and buy again all the games you already have in UMD format because you can't play them on the PSP GO you bought for 250bucks... At that price you can buy a 360 Premium with 60 gb hdd or a Wii now ... but hey !!! How much are they gonna charge for the downloadable games for PsP Go?! I think I can speak for many here when I say that I like having my games on an DVD or UMD on a solid proprietary form. So that's why people are making a huge deal out of this !!!

vgbum
vgbum

People are making a huge deal out of this for little reason. If you own a UMD, it means you already have a UMD-playing PSP. You do not need a UMD conversion plan. Why are so many people assuming that every PSP owner is going to upgrade to GO? Unless I'm the only PSP owner who is not upgrading, there's no huge need for conversion. I don't see the point in changing to a smaller screen so that I can have Bluetooth and a sliding screen. Sony knows there's not enough incentive to upgrade to Go! which is why they promised to continue to support UMDs. Go!'s targeted audience was not intended to include current PSP owners.

blackace
blackace

I'm keeping my old PSP with UMD as well. I'll just wait and see what the PSP2 turns out to be. The 225 downloadable games announced for the PSP Go can be downloaded on your original PSP. Why do I need a PSP Go, when I have the best of both worlds.

Kenbo325
Kenbo325

I'll be sticking to my UMD's, thank you very much.

amari24
amari24

This is going to be the biggest portable system fail since the Atari Lynx.Maybe people will wake up when they realize You paid $250 bucks to rebuy the same games.Thats exactly what will happen to the PSP GO.Its sales will "GO" down.This is the worst thing that Sony can do.1st you make the PS3 slim no B/C compatibillity and now you make the PSP GO no B/C.This is the best oppurtunity for Microsoft to release a portable system and take advantage of Sony's soon to be failure.

man_alive
man_alive

Oh, PSP Go, why do you work so hard to fail? Packed inside for anyone who buys one is a little card that reads, "Ha-ha. Love, Sony."

bat725
bat725

Sorry, Sony. I want to like you, but you keep spitting in my face. PSP Go = no go for me.

Wings_008
Wings_008

am gonna keep my psp slim and buy normal UMD games

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

I have to agree with the general sentiments here. I am definitely no fanboy at all but if I had to choose sides, honestly, I love Sony but I'm still thinking this is a terrible decision. First of all, what are they thinking putting the PSP Go at the same price as a used PS3? It makes no sense at all especially since it's supposed to be cheaper to make than the PSP 3000. Secondly, no UMD conversion? So not only is this thing crazy expensive but you also can't sell back your old PSP to get the new one OR if you do, then you lose all the games you'd gotten previously. Lastly, thanks Sony for announcing the rewards program then telling us we can't have it. That was... pointless. to say the least. I still support Sony in general but the PSP Go is a no go for me...

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

PSP Go jump off a cliff. PSP Go running back to Sony with you tail between your legs. PSP Go F@#% yourself.

Xaviersx
Xaviersx

And did you read about the program limitations, that it isn't universal? And as far as digital only, it's the new way to kill off the used gaming market. Who to and how are you going tp sell a used digital-only game to, or trade/share. Until digital games can be sold after i'm done with them, I'll buy them in very very limited circumstances versus a boxed version . . . brave new world.

Joel_Sherrouse
Joel_Sherrouse

I don't mean to bash Sony, but I cannot understand why the PSP Go costs as much as it does. My PSP plays downloadable games just fine with a Memory stick, and without the UMD drive spinning, it also has great battery life when playing them. Previous models of the PSP have all the functionality of the Go and more for a lower price. Without mechanical parts, it's hard to believe that the Go costs more to produce. I think the Go would be a great product if it cost less than the 3000, and Sony could make a killing off the higher sales of a cheaper product and the massive online game sales. If they priced the Go lower than the DS, they may even be able to actually compete in the handheld market. I don't understand how one of the most successful corporations can engage in such bad business. I know that eventually, the Go will be cheaper than the "real" PSP, and the high launch price is to get the money out of early adopters (iPhone anyone), but I'm not sure that the extra money from the twelve people who actually buy this thing at launch will make up for the momentum that could be made with a highly publicized launch at a low price.

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

Let's face it, Sony really treats gamer and customers like rubbish. Even if the PSP Go should fail, it's not like the company will fall into liquidation. People will still buy Sony products including the PS3 whatever the circumstances. Should the PSP go fail, it's more than likely that it wouldn't be much skin off their nose.

atopp399
atopp399

Retail distributed games may not be as profitable as digital only but there is still profit in them. Any video game company is missing out on potential sales by not offering both methods. A lot of younger people do not have access to credit cards or fast enough internet. The companies that cater to both retail and digital crowds will do better financially.

The_Last_Saiyan
The_Last_Saiyan

Ill stick with my normal PSP. The Go is a waste of time and money. No conversion. Psh. Sony=Fail again. Good job guys. Way to alienate someone that used to defend you ravenously on boards like this.

Xhawk2004
Xhawk2004

Ive already commented on this, but just wanted to jump back in and say that if Sony realized UMD conversion wasnt going to happen .... they should have said so like 1-2 months ago ... Not a freakin' week before launch when most people have pre-ordered and are really excited over it. That, in my opinion, is the greatest fail of all ... among others of course, like the price point and features.

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

While digital download is a nice idea, companies would really miss out on sales if new game releases of popular franchises didn't have limited edition version.

-REZ-
-REZ-

Hopefully abismal sales of the PSP Go will prevent Sony from making the Playstation 4 download only. Seriously, it would be a huge mistake but we know Sony has a knack for making huge mistakes...

FoTwinny
FoTwinny

@unreal master, no offense, but... You would give away something w/ resale value to get something you can't even touch?

unreal_master
unreal_master

Why cant we send in our Umds to recieve a Digital download code to our psn account. 250$ plus tax no ty =(

Flint247
Flint247

Digital Downloads are great BUT I don't like it if it's the ONLY option.

thrasher510
thrasher510

get it through your heads people, you have a psp and like umd's dont buy a psp, if you dont have a psp and want one get it. if you dont have a ps3 make that a first priority. stop calling it a fail just because they are trying to reach a new audience it doesn't mean its a fail.

FoTwinny
FoTwinny

slaymanio1, sorry, but don't you mean a 16GB MemoryStick Pro Duo? or its smaller, newer, counterpart the MemoryStick M2 Micro?

slaymanio1
slaymanio1

16gb cool better than a 134$ micro sd chip thats why I am getting a psp go because micro sd cost a fortune. 16GB psp go = 249.99$ original psp = 169.99$ + 16GB micro sd = 134$ = 304.98$ Witch will you buy original psp or psp go I will take the psp go.

slaymanio1
slaymanio1

50$ more and I can buy a PS3 slim what a fail Sony.

slaymanio1
slaymanio1

Only buy this when you never owned a Psp before end of discussion.

Eternal_Crisis
Eternal_Crisis

So now there is no reason to for current PSP owners to get this one. Nice job Sony, nice job. Good luck looking at the sales chart hit rock bottom for this flop.

FoTwinny
FoTwinny

Sony should bundle this w/ a fire extinguisher to put out the money burning a hole in your pocket....

drivemuse
drivemuse

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FoTwinny
FoTwinny

Don't forget Sony also specifically created the Betamax player and format, as well as the minidisc player and its format. I think 7 of each of those were sold, too. Good luck, GO.....you'll need it

wraithbladeuk
wraithbladeuk

Let me get this straight... Sony's PSP console no longer supports the format Sony SPECIFICALLY CREATED for use SOLEY on it's PSP console... Touche Sony, you've really won us over this time. I'll take 7 please.

TrueIori
TrueIori

Hmmmm $250 for something that does not support all the games i already have ......no That took about two seconds.

AussieDCO
AussieDCO

This system is going to be an epic fail. I have about 20 PSP games so I will have to buy these again for the GO. Dont think so, the analogue stick on my 1000 model is shot and was going to wait for the go, but after hearing this I wont be.

king_chapeton15
king_chapeton15

a psp2 would have been better off for the holidays with 2 analog nubs like the concept art the guy made i wouldve payed $250 for that but $250 for a psp go and not bundled in the US? come on. ill stick with my overweight ps3 and psp 1000 btw anyone think movies are overpriced for psp?

FoTwinny
FoTwinny

Hey, has anyone on this forum read the Gamespot news bit about the 225 downloadable games avail. from day 1? Thought someone might be interested.

Willistron
Willistron

Maybe this would work in 10-15 years but wireless internet is still a relatively new concept (at least in everyday homes). Sure millions do have it but it's not widespread enough for the PSP Go to become a hit at all. See you on the list of failed consoles in 5 to 10 years Mr. Go

Willistron
Willistron

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thrasher510
thrasher510

Im sure theyll have umd conversion at some later date. the xbox didn't have live until halo 2 came out yet halo 1 was still awesome without it. btw stop bashing sony about the psp go, if you watched E3 you would know that they are trying to target a new audience.