Would A UMD Drive Convince You To Buy A PSPgo?

By Ishaan . December 6, 2009 . 12:39pm

http://www.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/pspgo.jpg According to a rumour at CVG, peripheral manufacturer Logitech are developing a UMD drive add-on for PSPgo. "The only problem is that it’ll make the PSP a little bulky," mentioned CVG’s source.


The lack of a UMD drive is what has most hurt perception of the PSPgo in the portable games market, so it really isn’t all that surprising that a peripheral for UMD support is under consideration. It would also explain why no one from Sony has really addressed the issue of existing PSP users being able to transfer their UMD games to the PSPgo so far.


Bulky PSPgo vs. PSP-3000 with a built in UMD drive. To be fair, we’ll imagine the UMD drive lets you install any game to the PSPgo so you can sit on a couch and play it with a PS3 controller. Your choice?

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  • EvilAkito

    I’m perfectly satisfied with the PSP-3000. It’s an especially easy choice when you factor in the price. The PSP-3000 is already cheaper than the PSPgo, but now when you add the cost of an extra peripheral to that, it becomes even harder to justify spending the extra money.

  • Kris

    I’d rather have a UMD ripper. An add-on just defeats the purpose of the PSPgo.

    • eliel

      yup i agree with this 100%

  • malek86

    Well, I’d suppose this thing would cost at least 50$. That’s going to make the price of the Go double that of a 3000, and with no real advantage anyway.

    I say, no need for it.

    • I agree here. We would have to purchase this add-on. Is there no way for something like a cable to be made to transfer UMDs from a PSP-# to the Go? Anyone with UMDs probably already has a PSP. Future UMDs from then on will probably have a digital download option anyways.

      • malek86

        Don’t count on it. For example, Hexyz Force never came out on the japanese store.

  • I’m perfectly happy with the 3000. Just can’t be bothered with the PSPgo. =

  • Slashlen

    I’m confused. If you add a UMD drive to a PSPGo, don’t you just end up with a PSP-3000?

    • Nah, you’d still have more features than the 3000. Only thing the 3000 has over the Go is a UMD drive, the Go does everything else and more out of the box.

      • lostinblue

        huh? only thing it has over PSPGo? like, the battery life is better, it has a bigger screen… and it’s cheaper. Not to mention the UMD drive and the fact you don’t have to buy games online for the same price you would on a store.

        Nope! I can’t think of anything the PSPGo actually has over PSP-3000.

    • malek86

      Well, a PSP-3000 with 16Gb of internal memory. But then, the price difference isn’t worth it. Also, the controls look worse, with the analog stick in a completely awkward position. Although I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it first hand.

    • wiigodboycubed101

      single screen = OBSOLETE

      no touch screen = OBSOLETE

      disc’s in handhelds= ARE YOU KIDDING ME

      the PSP AS A GAMING HANDHELD WAS OBSOLETE BEFORE IT EVEN RELEASED psp go with a stupid disc system is a PSP is it not


  • I don’t see this as a being a UMD drive in which you can transfer games to the PSPgo. How they’re talking about it making the PSPgo more bulky and such would give the impression its just a reader and that would cause the battery to drain even faster. The battery life is already low on Max Brightness but what PSP isnt and the umd drive would burn through it much faster.

    If people one it I’m not against it but personally it sounds impractical when you’re on the go (no pun intended). I wont be getting it.

  • I don’t need a UMD Drive, I’m really happy with my PSPGo as it is. Why increase its size and greatly reduce its battery life?

  • Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten a hands-on test with the device, but everytime I see a display, I just can’t imagine lasting for very long with where the buttons are positioned. My brain just thinks ‘hand crap’ every time I eye the thing. So, not even a UMD drive would convince me to bother. I’ll stick to my old brick sized model and hope the next iteration of the handheld finds favor with me.

  • No, wouldn´t buy a PSP Go if I need a add-on to be able to play UMD discs.

    Without being able to play UMD discs from the Go the PSP Go is one big failure of a console.

    And from the sounds of this: First you have to buy a PSP Go, which isn´t cheap. Then you have to buy a add-on as well that will probably cost a bit.

    To get what? A bigger internal HDD from the earlier PSP versions…

    It isn´t worth it how you look at it.

  • ndjn3979

    The PSPgo is the best example illustrating how much Sony is out of touch with the market. They don’t face the fact that piracy reigns supreme regarding PSP, and the true PSP supporters (not many) like having physical media.

    1. The PSPgo is only $50 cheaper than a Slim PS3.
    2. UMD owners, the only supporters, are screwed.
    (3. Horrid Design)
    4. PSP-3000 owners, if they do not like its screen, remain screwed.
    5. It’s too early to go to the market with a digital only gaming product.
    6. They could have used the developing and marketing time and expenses to create something above and beyond the PSP. Namely, something next-gen.

    PSPs are getting old. Even though I know PSP-2000 is the best model, I’m still more than satisfied with my PSP-1000, which does its job.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid Sony.

    • Ereek

      Piracy only “reigns surpeme” in the west. It’s not nearly as bad in Japan.

      • ndjn3979

        Is that so? We still have to consider that the west is quite a big part of the market. $250 devices sitting on the shelves = not too great.

    • lostinblue

      Not to mention that the fact Sony is promoting a console that is supposed to not be profitable a peny for the stores that sell it/stock it past the initial sale doesn’t make this aforementioned stores to push to sell it, or to order lots of stock.

      They’re game store’s after all, they don’t like much the idea of just selling a console that can’t read physical SKU games.

  • No “tempting” add-on could possibly convince me to get the PSP Go. I hate to see this flop but, seriously, it’s too early for a system like this to flourish.

  • maxchain

    This’d be a great idea if it wasn’t a contribution to a terrible one. If it turns out to be awesome, people will wonder why, at that price, the PSPgo doesn’t already include the thing.

  • Considering the PSPGo has about as good a rep as Windows Vista (ME 2, Mistake Edition 2)…no.

    Polish a turd, it’s still a turd.

    • vysethebold

      I would definitely buy a PSPGo if there were a UMD attachment. In my situation, I already have a 1000 and I’ve been a big supporter of the PSP since its beginning so I have plenty of UMD games. I’m not about to repurchase any of the ones I already own. However, I love the PSPGo hardware. I tried one recently and I have to say I love pretty much everything about it besides the lack of ability to play the games I already own on it. I want to be able to play these games with a Dual Shock 3 on my big HDTV and take the system around everywhere with me. If they came out with this accessory, I would buy both the system and it with no question.

  • Chow

    I’d probably get a “PSP Go!-2000” if it had a UMD drive built in, or a PSP-4000 if it had all the features that the PSP Go! has over the other models. All we have to do is wait another year and see what inevitably comes out.

    An attachable UMD drive would be tempting, as then I can just sit it in front of my TV and dock a PSP Go! into it and start playing it like a console. Then I’d still have my PSP-1000 to play on the… go.

  • I would never buy the Go. Maybe if it dropped down to a $50 price tag, but even then, I don’t want to support this digital movement.

    I want to own physical copies of my games.

  • wiigodboycubed101

    single screen = OBSOLETE

    no touch screen = OBSOLETE

    disc’s in handhelds= ARE YOU KIDDING ME

    the PSP AS A GAMING HANDHELD WAS OBSOLETE BEFORE IT EVEN RELEASED psp go with a stupid disc system is a PSP is it not


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