Sony Brings The Fabled UMD Disc Back From The Dead.....Sorta.

umdSony's UMD, a failed attempt at a new media format used by the Playstation Portable, will gain new life with the Sony Playstation Vita handheld, thanks to an online pay-to-play system.

Kotaku reports that Sony plans on implementing a software tool called the UMD Registration Application. Though the app is free, it will allow users to download games from their old PSP format by registering the UMD license, then purchasing the title for a "reasonable price" that varies from $1.29 to $31. Though Yen and American prices were quoted, this was not specifically announced for any specific region. A total of 200 titles will become part of the program, available for download during the program's existence. Sony has not announced whether this number will expand or not.

So, to sum it up: Sony's making you rebuy something you already purchased. While Nintendo is doing the same thing with it's 3D virtual NES titles, at least the titles offer a new dimension. Click the link to check out a few titles that are already confirmed.

Well, let's hear it from you. Do you think this is smart on Sony's part? Are you now more excited about the Vita launch? Do you plan on buying one? What games do you hope will transfer to UMD? How much would be willing to spend on one of these titles you may already own? Tell us what you think!


Last Updated ( 12 November 2011 )  

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Raised on an NES, Saturday AM cartoons and sugary cereal, Michael Levy was your average 80's kid growing up. Despite having odd obsessions with bears, peanut butter, zombies and Tifa Lockhart, 'Miketendo' is also the creator of the YouTube review series: D.Y.H.P.T.G?! (Dude, You Haven't Played This Game?!)

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(Link to this comment) Ewokmic 2011-11-12 21:46
Couldn't they let us send our UMD's to them and then they give us the title on the new system. Maybe pay a tiny handling fee but it would be fair!
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2011-11-13 12:16
So you have to pay to use something you already own? Wow, that's stupid. Glad I never bought a PSP.
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2011-11-13 21:41
Agreed. Part of the reasons why is to eliminate piracy, but come on, there's other ways to get around that. Ewokmic, that's a great idea but I'm sure turnaround time would be way too long for most fans to find tolerable.

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