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PSPgo Rewards Doesn't Seem Rewarding

PlayStation Portable owners eyeing that swank new PSPgo launching next month have probably been scratching their heads, wondering if it's worth the trade-in. After all, the smaller, newer model doesn't come packed with the traditional UMD drive, making it somewhat impossible to play older games. Up until now, Sony has been rather quiet about how this will be addressed, especially for those gamers who have funded the UMD movement since the format's debut.

Now the proverbial cat is out of the bag, and those looking for digital versions of all purchased UMDs are apparently out of luck. Sony's upcoming PSPgo Rewards plan, launching October 1, doesn't sound too rewarding, and is rather insulting to those of us who have stuck by with the PSP over the years. In a nutshell, Sony is asking gamers to not trade in the older model, at least, not at first. Although the PSPgo Rewards program offers three free games for new PSPgo owners, the method of obtaining those digital versions is rather absurd if not unfair.

The way consumers will get the three free games is this:

(1) Purchase a new PSPgo and connect it to the PlayStation Network
(2) Load up a UMD in the older PSP unit and then connect it to the PSN as well, registering the UMD
(3) Download a new PSPgo theme and wait for the UMD voucher offering 3 free games.

Read that again: you must still have the old PSP model to retrieve the free games. That certainly blows any kind of trade-in for the PSPgo out of the water.

According to the press release, the required UMD doesn't seem to be locked in to any particular title, however Sony has limited the list of free titles to sixteen games. These include Killzone Liberation, Medievil, Wipeout Pure, Buzz Brain Bender, Buzz Master Quiz, SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, Everybody’s Golf, Resistance: Retribution, Syphon Filter Dark Mirror, Lemmings, LocoRoco, Patapon, Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, Echochrome, Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice, and Daxter.

  • doc70
    well,Sony has done it again; after punishing legit PC gamers with rootkits, now they're punishing PSP gamers for holding on to their technology and supporting Sony by what you read above; I think the terms read in the article don't require any further explanations; you're stuck with your old mini-console if you want to play the games that you have already purchased. If you have a good library of games it's even worse: you have to select three games that you could transfer to your new PSP if you're lucky enough to have those games on the short list available.
    This goes to show what extreme paranoia can do when in charge; as you may have guessed already, behind all this is their stupid concern about piracy; Sony ignores the rule of avoiding piracy damage: make good games and people will buy and play them!
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  • mactruck
    I agree this isn't the greatest deal for anyone that pre-ordered the system but you make it sound like it applies to the US. This 'rewards' program has only been announced for EUROPE, not for the majority of people reading this article.
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  • sceen311
    I like how the opinion is given first in the article then the Fact.
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  • Honis
    As a person who owns several Sony products I am not surprised. Sony routinely lays a steamer on customers. I only keep buying Sony products because current features generally match my needs. Not what is expected in future updates (unlike iPhone customers).
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  • SneakySnake
    Why not just register the games on your old PSP, and then trade it in?
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  • eklipz330
    SneakySnakeWhy not just register the games on your old PSP, and then trade it in?
    because that would be called beating the system and well sony.. shudn't be punis...hed...like th..


    WAIT A SECOND... you has an idea!
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  • Major7up
    sceen311I like how the opinion is given first in the article then the Fact.No it wasn't. Read it again.
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  • asdf634
    SneakySnakeWhy not just register the games on your old PSP, and then trade it in?
    Because it looks like you have to connect both to the PS network at the same time... if that's the case, OUCH! Sony screw its fans again!
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  • manong
    asdf634Because it looks like you have to connect both to the PS network at the same time... if that's the case, OUCH! Sony screw its fans again!
    this one is obviously an xbox gamer... cheers!

    reasons why you bother buying a pspgo if you already have a psp3000:
    1. u r a psp fanboy
    2. u have a kid brother who adores u
    3. u obviously don't like to switch to MS' zune hd bcoz it has no games!
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  • cletus_slackjawd
    IMHO none of those trade in games are really that great. I have Madden, Ultimate Ghost and Goblins, Best of EA Classics, Genesis Classics, and GTA.

    Sony, update your plan for rewards to mail in your UMD games and get a code to download digital version of same. This is really the only fair way to do it.
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