Sony ‘s Director of Hardware Marketing, John Koller, told Gizmodo that Sony is considering offering owners of current PSPs downloadable versions of their current UMD games should they decide to purchase a PSP Go. 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.”

He then hints that this “good will program” would work similarly to the way the PS3’s Portable Copy system works. Portable Copy is a free system that makes portable video file copies of Blu-Ray disks for viewing on-the-go on the PSP.

Free conversion of UMDs to digital downloads for the PSP Go? It sounds like Sony just removed one of my major complaints about the PSP Go. Now, granted, it’s still more expensive than the regular PSP and the screen remains smaller, but I can see this move actually tempting several current PSP owners into upgrading. However, Koller also mentions that this new UMD transfer system is currently only in the early planning stages.

Dear John Koller / people at Sony:

If you’re listening, you need to do everything in your power to have this system fully planned and in place in time for the October 1st arrival of the PSP Go. To do otherwise is to unnecessarily undercut your sales due to both poor planning and poor execution.

UPDATE: 5 minutes after this post went live, Engadget posted about their chat with Koller about this “good will” program, although it doesn’t look like they gleaned anything different from what Gizmodo already reported.

PSP Go hands-on video

Aside: Joystiq got some more hands-on time with the PSP Go and recorded a video (embedded below) where they open and close the device repeatedly while holding it up against a regular PSP and the iPhone for size comparisons.

4 thoughts on “Sony surprises with possible UMD transfers for the PSP Go

  1. Or they might unlock the download of a PSP game by running the UMD version on a PSP Old on your PSN ID when added to the PSN Store using the same PSN ID.

    The problem with digital copy of UMD is that you could trade them with your freinds. They would likely use PSN’s DRM to prevent mass UMD ripping and trading.

    I am going to interivew John Koller soon and I’ll ask about it.

    My question is will the PSP Go be region locked. Cause I looove my import UMD games.

    1. Good points, especially regarding imports. Try to find out from Koller what the timeline for this is. Also, ask him if Sony is interested in hiring you and me as freelance consultants to test its future hardware and games and give relevant feedback in improving both. ;-)

  2. Yeah right. It would be cool but I am new with Sony PR plus I pissed them off by complaing about not getting an early copy of inFAMOUS when I write for SuckerPunchs home town “Paper” website.

    I did bring a copy of PSP Hacks when I meet with the PSN PR people.
    Interesting thing is that NA and EU are getting the PSP Go a month BEFORE Japan.

    I guess they want it done before the PSP Go ships but I have a lot of questions like will it use a different OS firmware? Will the web browser still suck? How do you change the volume and screen brightness since there are no knobs for it? What is the battery life like? Can i FINALLY get a QWERTY virtual keyboard for text entry. Will they ever do Trophies on PSP? Does it use a faster CPU?

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