OK so that headline may sound awfully familiar if you ever owned a PSP Go. When the download only handheld was released, Sony announced that they were looking for a solution to enable UMD owners to play their games on the new machine, plans which unfortunately never came to fruition. Now though it finally seems that there may be a way for those gamers to play their old titles again, albeit on a brand new machine.
It seems that Sony Japan is looking into offering a discount purchase scheme to enable players who possess the UMD version of a game to trade it in for the downloadable version to play on their Vita. No further details are available at this point, including whether the plan is to roll this out anywhere outside of Japan, whether all titles are covered, and also what the actual cost to the consumer would be. After all I can’t see many people forking out $10 or more to get another version of a game they already own. Oh wait, this is gamers we’re talking about – of course they will!
Just to back up this story, apparently some Japanese retailers have confirmed that they have received a sales briefing by Sony regarding this scheme although again no data is available. If I were a betting man I would say that it seems possible the plan involve you trekking to your local game store, UMD and $5 or whatever in hand. The retailer then trades in your boxed game and sells it back to Sony, giving you a shiny download voucher in return. Hey, it could work.