Yet more bad news for the PSP:Go according to Greg Miller: Sony representatives have told IGN that “[they] were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons, we will not be offering the program at this time”
Hit the jump for some evaluation of this news…
As you might be aware, the PSP:Go has no disc drive and will only play downloaded files, Sony had been talking about plans to enable the conversion of UMDs into digital files, this will no longer occur.
Essentially existing PSP users will need to keep hold of their current PSPs if they wish to be able to continue to use their UMD library. For those who have been PSP owners from day one, who have built up a substantial catalogue of games, this is going to be a big issue when it comes to deciding whether or not to upgrade to the PSP:Go. With its $250 dollar price tag of the PSP:Go investing in a Go is already a expensive undertaking without having to repurchase a whole plethora of games.
As Gamerlimit has reported recently, several major retailers will not be stocking the PSP:Go, when taking that into account with this new developement things are looking a bit bleak for the handheld, and it hasn’t even lauched yet.