As you’ve all heard by now, the PSP Go will only play digital downloads, it will not make use of UMD’s like the PSP’s before it. At least 225 titles will be up for download on day one of the PSP Go’s release. These will include God of War: Chains of Olympus, Daxter, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas, Tetris, Madden NFL 10, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, Monster Hunter, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Freedom Unite and many more. New games being released this week that will be downloadable for the PSP Go are Beaterator, MotorStorm Arctic Edge, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe and Gran Turismo.
Now what about future games? John Koller, SCEA hardware marketing director says that after October 1st 2009, his company will try to make as many new UMD releases available on the PlayStation Store. “We can’t say ‘all’ because there are legal restrictions in converting some titles to digital, but on the whole, we expect a substantial amount,” explained Koller. “I think what consumers can expect is to go onto the PSP store and see a large amount of previously released UMD content and see day-and-date releases of new games.”
As far as your old PSP, don’t get rid of it. Your UMD games that you currently have will not be able to be played on this, nor will you be able to convert them to play on the PSP Go. Last week, Sony revealed that North American PSP owners will not be getting free digital copies of PSP games that they already own on UMD.
Sony is trying to help PSP Go owners get games though. They will be selling PlayStation Network Game Cards for downloadable games at retail outlets. The first round of cards will offer codes to download Gran Turismo, Daxter, MotorStorm Arctic Edge, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2, Patapon 2, Secret Agent Clank, Twisted Metal: Head On, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2, and NBA 10: The Inside.
For those of you interested in more than games, there will also be more than 16,000 pieces of PSP Go-compatible content available starting October 1st, 2009. Included in that number are over 13,000 television episodes and around 2,300 movies.
The PSP Go is starting to sound like a very travel-friendly item. Small and easy to put into a purse or bag, this doesn’t require also lugging around your games with you. If you’re up for being able to only download your games, this is a great item to get your hands on.