Sony talks up 'digital only format' PSP game
But only as a 'test case'
Sony has announced that an upcoming PlayStation Portable videogame may not be released on UMD.
Instead the firm’s considering opting to release Patapon 2 on a “digital only format” as a “one time test case” for digital downloads.
However, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s announcement should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Although SCEA’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Patrick Seybold, has – according to several online sources – confirmed that the title will be available through the PlayStation Store from 5 May, he added that Sony’s only “considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release”.
Based on this, it’s reasonable to assume that Sony hasn’t yet made up its mind whether digital only is a safe enough sales route for the videogame. So if online sales are slow, then Patapon 2 UMDs could well spring up in stores.
However, it’s definitely safer for Sony to launch Patapon 2 through download only means than it is to do the same for a blockbuster title, isn’t it?
If all goes well for Patapon 2 then a recent promise by John Koller, Sony Computer Entertainment America's Director of Hardware Marketing, that the “back half of this year” will begin to see a “good rise” in the volume of downloadable PSP games, could well become a reality. ®
Re: What a bunch of tools
Er, I can only see one tool here.
Hi Mark, BTW.
Roll up Roll up..
Come and watch the stupid Sony haters change their tune again.. Previously they wanted to get rid of UMD, they you can bet they want physical media and not digital downloads. What a bunch of tools.