UMD-free PSP coming this autumn?
Exec claims Sony's already working on prototype
A redesigned PlayStation Portable (PSP) that doesn’t use UMD game discs could be launched this autumn, according to a senior gaming industry excutive.
David Perry, Chief Creative Officer of games developer Acclaim, told website Kotaku that he recently “spoke to a developer who is working on [the PSP 2] right now”.
It’s unclear if Perry’s developer chum actually told him that the PSP 2 won’t feature a UMD bay, or if Perry’s just making a prediction.
However it’s no surprise that the format’s on shaky ground. Jack Tretton, head of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has previously admitted that “UMD has struggled”.
Perry reportedly added that the ultimate goal is for the PSP to go 100 per cent digital, which would presumably see gamers download all their games, videos, music and the like through a wireless or cabled connection.
He stressed that, initially, Sony may sell some PSP 2 games on memory sticks and offer in-store pre-paid cards that provide online access to a predetermined value of downloadable content. ®
Does that mean that it could lower the cost of the new unit given reduction in parts needed?
"...the ultimate goal is for the PSP to go 100 per cent digital..."
What does he mean 100% digital? The only analogue component of any PSP (including my 'fat' one) is the analogue side of the DAC for audio output...
Presumably this statement is supposed to read "the ultimate goal is for the PSP to have no expensive moving parts like the Nintendo DS".
Paris because even she know that sentence doesn't make sence.