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Sony Announces UMD Passport for PlayStation Vita Consoles

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163w ago - While it's not surprising news, today Sony [Register or Login to view links] that PlayStation Vita owners will be able to download a UMD Passport Registration Application for UMD support on PS Vita consoles, which uses both cartridges and digital downloads according to the official specs.

To quote from Kotaku (linked above): "Starting Dec. 6, the UMD Passport service will start in Japan. Here's how it works: Download a free app called "UMD Registration Application". After that, enter your UMD game disc into your PSP, and according to the on-screen prompts, register your UMD via your PSN Account. The UMD will then be available for purchase.

Once the PS Vita is released in Japan on Dec. 17, you can then download the title on your new Sony handheld. According to Sony, the games will be available at an "agreeable price".

Currently, 40 game companies are offering 200 UMD titles as part of Sony's UMD Passport program. The digital versions of the games are priced anywhere between 100 (US$1.29) to 2,400 ($31).

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Rumor: Sony's PSP2 Will Ditch the UMD and Feature 1GB of RAM

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217w ago - With the PSPgo price cut and recent PlayStation Phone rumors, today Kotaku.com (linked above) reports that Sony's PSP2 will ditch the UMD and feature 1GB of RAM.

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] are reporting that PSP2 is currently codenamed Veta.

To quote: "One of the key ones is that the PSP2 will not have a UMD drive. The UMD (Universal Media Disc) was launched in 2004 for use in the PSP. Initially, the format was used for movies, but slow sales of UMD films lead to studios dropping support for the format.

Sony's PSPgo is UMD-free version of the PSP, and sources tell Kotaku that the PSP2 will follow in the footsteps of that portable. Games will be stored on a Memory Stick, according to one source. Though we've also been told that Sony is still puzzling out what the final non-UMD storage solution will be for the PSP2.

We've also learned that the PSP2 will be a much more powerful gaming device with twice the RAM of the Xbox 360.

While we don't yet know all of the portable's system specifications,...
 

Video: Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake PSP Hits PSN and UMD Today

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243w ago - Sony Producer Matt Morton of Santa Monica Studio has announced that Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake for PSP officially hits PSN and UMD today.

To quote: Fat Princess has released in a portable way! With new maps and modes for the PSP, On top of those already from the PS3!

Play along with your friends, or go online. You're guaranteed a most wonderful time! The new stuff adds up to 50 percent! You've got to admit, that's rather quite decent!

Made by a talented team at SuperVillain, You will soon find yourself playing again and again. Battles are fierce, intense and quite fun! Soon you too will cry "Cake for everyone!"

OK. I couldn't help myself. I have been in quite a festive mood as we near the release of Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake. I couldn't help myself from trying out a bit of prose. As you can see... I won't be running off to publish any poetry books in the near future, but I WILL be playing Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake on my PSP.





I'm very proud of this game and how well [Register or Login to view links] brought all of the PS3 fun into the PSP. Plus they have added so much more to it with new game modes like Demolition, Jailbreak and Grim Reaper, plus the neat Dilapidated...
 

Video: Sony Offers PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe PSP UMD for $10

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244w ago - Today Q-Games Ltd President and Executive Producer Dylan Cuthbert has unveiled on Sony's PlayStation Blog that the PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe PSP UMD is now being offered for just $10.

To quote: We're happy to announce that today, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe makes its grand debut outside the PlayStation Network! Yes, that's right, due to popular request from you, the fans, we have twisted Sony's arm to release the game on UMD in North America.

Even better, we have squeezed the price down to just $9.99 which is an *amazing* value! Think about it: three islands and over 45 stages to play. As Monsters fans know, that means quite literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of incredible gameplay...every minute as addicting and fun as the last.

On top of that, full online play is supported. You can play cooperatively with anyone in the world, or just hang out in the chat rooms and watch the sports-like "ticker-tape" commentary of existing games run by. It's a very cool new feature, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

And of course, all the money we make from Monsters is being funneled into future PixelJunk games (we have some crazy stuff in store for you!), so that's an even greater incentive to jump to your local game retailer right now. Buy it for yourself, buy...
 

Rumor: Logitech is Developing a PSP Go UMD Drive Add-on

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265w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] has now confirmed via Logitech's Senior Public Relations Specialist Sarah Youngbauer that this rumor appears to be false, to quote: "This is not something that our company is working on."

Today a rumor has surfaced that Logitech may be developing a UMD drive add-on which could be fitted to the PSP Go to enable UMD media playback.

According to [Register or Login to view links], Logitech UK claim to have never heard of such a peripheral, but concede that the PSP Go UMD drive "may be something the US office is working on."

Their US counterparts, and Sony, have yet to comment.

To quote: "Third party peripheral company Logitech is working on a UMD drive add-on for the PSPgo, a source has told CVG.

Neither a price or release date was given, but we were told that the device will plug into the PSPgo, allowing users to play their UMD games on the portable.

"The only problem is that it'll make the PSP a little bulky", said our source."
 
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