Converting Old UMDs for the PSPGo Is a No-Go

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A few months back, Sony's John Koller broke to us that PSP owners who wanted a PSPGo would be able to digitally acquire those games for the PSPGo's built-in storage. Now Sony has reneged on that offer. Sort of.


Koller never claimed that users would be straight-up ripping their old UMDs into backups, but he did compare the user experience to Portable Copy. We imagined a scenario in which you'd sync a PSP to a PS3 with a UMD in the drive, then you could download a copy of said UMD for the Go after some online authentication.

But Sony recently told Kotaku that "We were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time." However! (There's a however.) This development doesn't mean that PSPGo buyers with huge UMD collections will be screwed. Sony is developing a sort of UMD trade-in program in which you'll be able to swap an old UMD for a digital copy of the same game.

In other words, if you want a digital version of a game you own on disc, you'll need to give up the disc. [Kotaku]


With a little perspective, this is a big step in the right direction. Remember the RIAA did not want us to have electronic copies of music at all. Imagine how happy we would have been if we could have traded in our CD's for 64K DRM protected versions of our music. We would have been left without all of those annoying CD's. Who needs those? So eighties.

Sony is skipping to the trade-in part and allowing us to give up what we purchased for an electronic copy. Those UMD titles are so positively 2005 - who wants those? Those little discs scare away the chicks.

Thank you, Sony, for another brilliant idea that everyone will love. Really. Great to see you keeping up that amazing rep.

(But what were you thinking dropping the price of the PS3 to $300? Very unlike you. Please raise it back to $600 so we can continue with the same warm fuzzy feelings.)