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PSP Owners: Maybe Think Twice About The Xperia Play

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Do you have a cache of games from the Playstation Store? When the Xperia Play was finally announced, did you think, "Sweet! Now I can enjoy my Playstation games right from my phone!" and dance your happy dance? For both of you who aren't snickering, Sony Ericsson UK's managing director Nathan Vautier has some bad news: It's not quite that simple. In a move that is quickly becoming a sacred tradition for Sony (see: PSP Go), consumers are being given the privilege of repurchasing content -- in this case, "Playstation Certified games -- they already own. Vautier didn't explain Sony's reasoning for the move, presumably due to the fact that the words "because we can" don't look good in print. I'm sure we'll hear some sort of half-cocked corporate-speak regarding the issue in the near future, but it seem unfathomable that the big brains at Sony simply cannot integrate the systems. Thus, we're left with the conclusion that it's all about the money. Granted, word is that games will be considerably cheaper on the Xperia play, but the sudden disappearance of your entire catalog doesn't exactly sweeten the deal for a system running what will soon be last-gen titles. However there's always a silver lining, and in the case of this beauty, it's that you get, totally free of charge... Crash Bandicoot?

I don't see Sony bending on this one. We all remember the royal shafting PSP Fat owners got when the PSP Go was released (no credit from Sony for old UMDs), and it seems that Sony is no wiser this time around. You could always write a well-constructed letter of opinion to Sony, or you could simply refuse to buy the Xperia Play on principle -- in this case, the principle of standing up to ridiculousness. I'd go with the latter.

7 Comments

markymark said:

Wow. PSP, PSP Go, PSP Phone and the NGP... presumably neither one with any kind of backwards compatibility.

The 3DS is looking more and more sweeter...

Dan said:

That's where you see that gaygamer is a pro-Xbox website.

First: the PSPGo is backward compatible with PSP games from the PS Store, as NGP will be. Only the Xperia isn't. (this is for the previous comment) So they DO have a kind of backward compatibility. Your comment is dull.

Second: The article says that Sony, with PSPGo, had no credit for old UMDs. Maybe in the US. But in Europe, you just had to take your UMDs to a Sony partner video game store, and you received a free code to download the same game on the PS Store if available.

Last: You can't use your PSP games from the PS Store on the Xperia cause they are developed for a Sony PSP OS only. The Xperia uses Android. So you'll have to buy games from the PlayStation Suite on the Android Market, which seems logical. It's not the same OS, so it's not compatible. It's like saying "why can't I download an app on the Android Market and use it on my iPhone?". Different OS, different way to develop.

Ophenix said:

Call me stupid if you will, but I was sure the NGP was the Xperia...
So what's the difference between the two?

Super Swede said:

Dan: I'm still annoyed that people essentially have to re-buy games they already own on the PSN (especially since Sony seems to be spearheading this venture), and from what I've read the Playstation games are essentially emulated titles. Regardless, I've slightly edited the article to reflect that these are "Playstation Certified" titles.
As for UMDs, we didn't get the trade-in deal in the U.S., much to everyone's dismay.

Ophenix: No worries about the confusion. The Xperia Play is the fabled "Playstation Phone," whereas the NGP is the proper successor to the PSP -- and as such, vastly superior in perfformance. While it has 3G (though there may be a wi-fi only model), it cannot make calls.

Hopefully this has helped to clear some things up.

Stixxx said:

If your a psp/go gamer.. and have a cell phone and wanted to play your previously purchased psn titles on a phone.. yeah this may come as bad news..

I wont be getting it .. not because its not linked to your psn account.. but a gaming phone again?? really??

One word.. N-gage, how quickly some forget.

shaunyd said:

I find it rather odd that people would expect the games for their psp to be transferrable on this android format mobile phone spearheaded by a different subdivision of Sony. I mean, I dont expect to suddenly own every version format of Peggle just because I paid a few pounds for it on my iPhone.

People are evidently happy to buy Mario 64 for their 64, then their DS, then their 3DS if it happens. Or Zelda. Or Tetris. Or the numerous 'Sonic collections'. Somehow because the game is a digital format you own the right to it on everything? The world doesnt work that way.

PSP UMDs to PSP Go I can understand, since they are different generations of the same console, but this phone isnt even claiming to be a PSP/NGP.. This 'Playstation Phone' isnt a PSP, it's a phone. I honestly dont think those that own a PSP or will be getting an NGP will even consider getting this. Why would you?

Rather than getting into a "This phone product has put me off buying an NGP/makes me want a DS" (Incase you think im being pro PSP, I own both a PSP and DS - and rarely play either of them and wont be buying either of the new generation) why not just take this thing for what it is.. a phone.

raindog469 said:

Most people didn't replace their N64 with their Nintendo DS. Backward compatibility is the social contract between gamers and equipment makers that says "If I replace my current model with the new one, I'll still be able to make use of the content I've already purchased."

By no means has this been a universal thing -- all three current console manufacturers have spotty records -- but the lack of backwards compatibility has been sabotaging system launches since the Atari 5200 fizzled in 1982. How damning it is generally proportional to how popular the previous model was, but Nintendo demonstrated with the SNES that you could get away with it, while Sony demonstrated with the failed PSPGo that that's not always true.

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