If you are someone up to your neck in PSP UMDs, then you might have been a bit bummed out when Sony finally (and unsurprisingly) revealed its new UMD-less PSP go at E3 2009 on Tuesday. Then again, you’d probably have to be a major tech fiend to want to own both a PSP and a PSP go, but Sony apparently anticipates this group of people to be large enough to warrant the creation of a UMD digital transfer service for the PSP go.
Sony’s director of hardware marketing, John Koller, told Gizmodo:
“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 went on to say that the service would be similar to the current Portable Copy service, which lets PS3 users rip and then transfer Blu-ray movies to their PSPs, just minus the disc ripping. It’s believed that the service will use some form of PSN digital distribution model (along with, I’m assuming, some kind of authentication process). It’s still unknown if the service will be free like Portable Copy, or even what titles it will support. But given that Sony seems to have been taking this option very seriously, I'm sure we'll know plenty more as we get closer to the PSP go's October 1 release date.
Anyone out there not planning on buying a PSP go unless it offers UMD transferring support?