Sony To Offer “Good-Will-Program” To Give Digital Copies Of UMD Games


If you’re a current PSP owner, I’m sure you’ve been asking the same question over and over again.  “If I buy the PSP Go, what will happen to all of my old UMD games?”  It looks like our unified question has finally been answered.

In an interview with Gizmodo, Director of Hardware Marketing for Sony John Koller states a ‘good-will-program’ will soon be announced to consumers who are thinking of trading up from their current PSP system to the PSP Go.

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.”

As a PSP-1000 owner, I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I am to hear this news.  I definitely would like to grab a PSP Go when it’s released, but I’d hate to think that I’d have to keep my old PSP in order to play my older UMD games.  If what John says is true, there are going to be a lot of relieved future PSP Go owners letting out a sigh of relief.

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