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Sony says UMD is “critical to us this year and beyond”

Saturday, 28th February 2009 01:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Sony says that UMD is critical to business “this year and beyond,” responding to rumors of an upcoming UMD-free PSP.

While not directly answering claims of the machine’ reality made by Acclaim’s David Perry, Sony’s John Koller did say that digital download were the future for PSP.

“We are making a concerted effort for digital distribution,” he said. “We’ve talked to developers about increasing their digital download content.”

The company wants to continue to support retail outlets, so allowing publishers to choose either UMD or the PSN digital download service as a way of releasing games is still a ways off.

“There is a delay right now because we want to ensure retail is respected and have their day in the sun,” Koller said.

“Retail has been concerned about the digital side of game purchases, but that conversation has changed in the past nine to 12 months.”

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3 Comments

  1. fearmonkey

    I have been tempted by getting a PSP or DS at times, but im glad I waited. I will never buy a Nintendo handheld when it first arrives after getting the original Gameboy advanced. No freking backlight, and then eventualy here comes the SP. I eventually gave it away, I never played it, couldnt stand the lights you clip on.
    that said, im interested to see how this one turns out.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. polygem

    ahem…hello sony i still cant use the playstation store with psp because i am a mac user…maybe you should fix that first? or will there be a free windows laptop with every new hd psp? that would be fine for me as well well…but it would be enough if finally there would be a media manager for my mac…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. dryfish

    You can use the playstation store from the PSP now. Has it’s own icon.

    #3 6 years ago

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