Optional Data Install Popping Up For More PSP Games

By Spencer . January 29, 2009 . 11:06am

pspdiss Someday digital downloads could replace UMDs. Not quite yet, though! Most PSP owners still get their games on physical media which means load times.


A few publishers are tackling the problem with the help of larger Memory Sticks on the market. Their trick is a partial data install similar to what a handful PlayStation 3 games offer. Mana Khemia: Student Alliance, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and if a menu screen is anything to go by Irem’s Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 (Disaster Report 3) will too.


Dissidia: Final Fantasy has a rather creative data install feature. You choose how much space you want to use: 243 MB, 371 MB, or 520 MB. More space means shorter load times in between battles.


Of course none of these games are out in the US yet, but two of them are guaranteed to come. Do you plan to take advantage of the data install feature in the future or is your Memory Stick space filled up with media?


Images courtesy of Square Enix.

  • Helves

    Personally, I don’t want digital downloads to replace physical formats. When buying a game, I like to spend my money in a physical item. I know the game’s the same with or without box, but I think the box and the disc show the true magnitude of a great game collection more than some Gb of data in a hard disc…

    So, knowing the UMDs are slow, Data Install is a nice idea. Now I can keep my box in the shelf and play the game with fewer loading times.

    • pressstart

      Same here. I like to have something tangible in my hands. I bought Orange Box and Left 4 Dead at retail instead of getting them over at Steam for that reason. I wonder if people that prefer a physical item also happen to like to keep boxes and instructions. I know I do.

      They should start letting you put the whole UMD in the stick >_>;;;;

  • daizyujin

    So long as this remains completely optional, go for it, more power to the developers. As soon as they start REQUIRING it though, that is when I will have a problem.

  • As daizyujin said, as long as it’s optional, this is a golden idea. I’ll go a step further:
    A firmware upgrade for the PSP where you can choose to install data from any PSP game. I know, I know, it’s impossible, but Spectral Souls would be so much fun if it didn’t lag and load so darn bad.

    Memory sticks are getting huge, though. If Wikipedia can be trusted, Sony is planning to release a 32GB pro duo this year. That’d be awesome.

    Anyway, I’m all for installing, so long as it’s optional. That way, developers won’t get lazy and let a poorly loading game pass, assuming everyone will install the problem away.

    • JeremyR

      I don’t think it is impossible, really. Custom firmware already does that basically, all Sony would need to do is something like that, but add a UMD Check periodically, to keep people honest. Heck, it’s my understanding that custom firmware actually uses the game loader Sony made…(they intended it for the PSN downloads, but the hackers made it work with any)

      Heck, Microsoft added that to the Xbox 360, there’s no reason Sony couldn’t do it to the PSP. Except they just don’t care that much about the PSP, or apparently, even gaming any more.

      • Hmm, interesting information and theory! For all my gaming prowess, I’m a completely ignorant fool when it comes to the modding/hacking/pirating/ninjaing side of things.

        If it’s not impossible, then I doubly support that idea. Thanks!

  • Aoshi00

    I’m all for optional install for “all games” too since it reduces load times. If it’s mandatory or just a digital copy of the game, it would pose a problem for people w/ limited hard drive or memory space. As aforementioned, memory stick is a lot cheaper than several years ago.

    Nowadays I install all the 360 games that I’m currently playing (even though the 120Gb is starting to fill up w/ media & game installs). It makes everything load fast and the system runs extremely quiet and cool since CD-rom drive doesn’t even spin.

    Has anyone bought Jeanne D’Arc or other PSP game on the PSN? I was wondering if they load faster than a UMD. Nevertheless, I definitely like to keep a hard copy w/ good box art, w/ the option to install temporarily would be even better.

  • Chow

    I like the idea of option installs for my PSP games, though I’m usually short of space because of my media. And yes, I prefer having a physical copy in my hands. That is why I have SIREN: New Translation instead of Siren: Blood Curse.

  • Craiji

    you forgot MHP2G the first game to support this feature(MHFU for US), gundam vs gundam, DW strkeforce as well

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