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Thursday, June 02, 2005

PSP UMD: this is a joke, right?

Posted by Nathaniel at 8:34 AM
By now, everyone is already well aware of Sony's plans to release movies in their proprietary UMD (Universal Media Disc) format for their PSP portable "media" device. We all scoffed, as well we should. But I never, ever allowed myself for even a second to believe that it might prove successful.

All of the UMDs being released are priced between $15 and $30 dollars each. That's $15 to $30 for a movie in a smaller format than a DVD, playable only on a PSP, and without the extra features such as behind-the-scenes documentaries, director interviews, deleted scenes, and the other deliverables that make DVDs well worth their $15 to $30 price tag.

So who would buy a UMD? Obviously, only PSP owners would, and likely only a minority of those tech-savvy gadgeteers would be interested in shelling out that much cash for a seriously inadequate piece of technology. But this is unbelievable:
Retail prices for these films generally range from $14.99 up to $29.99 (you find them in most stores in the videogame isle). As of the time of this writing, nearly 20 films are available on UMD for PSP, with more than 100 additional titles announced (or soon to be announced) for release later in the year. Two of the currently available titles, Sony's House of Flying Daggers and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (both released on 4/19) have already sold more than 100,000 copies each - a surprising number given that it took some nine months for the first DVD title to reach the same milestone (for the record, it was Sony's Air Force One).
Unbelievable. If you are one of the 200,000 fools that bought one of these castrated farces of technology, please contact us! We'd love to talk to you about a substantial amount of money we're holding in a Nigerian bank account that we need to transfer to the US.

The rest of us, we're going to leave Sony to their ridiculous pipe dream and go play some games and watch some DVDs.


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