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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.