Sony have provided some more information on how they intend to help people transfer their old UMD games onto the new PSP Go.
The UMDless PSP Go is a download only games machine. PSP Go owners will not be able to purchase games from a high street or Internet store, all games will be bought and downloaded from the PlayStation Network. Retail will get a small slice of the pie however, as they will be able to sell PSN points cards that entitle the recipient to download games. This should come in handy at Xmas time.
The solution outlined by Sony is far from the UMD PSP Go solution we speculated about in our previous blog post. PSP owners will not be able to transfer any UMD games to the PSP Go. Instead they are being offered three free games to download from a small selection of games, just 17 in fact.
The scheme is open to owners of the PSP1000, PSP2000 and the PSP 3000. To prove they already own a PSP, they will be required to login to the PSN using their old PSP and register for PSPgo Rewards. After inserting a UMD they will verify that they own an old PSP. They will then download the game theme and receive a code to download a copy of the full game to their PSP Go. The scheme runs from October the 1st to March 31st 2010.
Their are currently just 17 games available through PSPgo Rewards
For early adopters of the PSP Go Sony are offering Gran Turismo PSP free for buyers that apply for the download code up to 10 days after the launch in October.
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