Sony's Next Generation Portable Gets Backwards Compatibility Detai

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    Sony has been slowly letting out details about its brand new Next Generation Portable device, this time talking about backwards compatibility and how it is pushing developers to bring games released on UMD to the NGP through memory cards.

    Sony's Next Generation Portable (aka the PSP2) has been detailed a lot recently, with the biggest news saying that it will get retail games through the use of special memory cards, just like the Nintendo DS, dropping the old UMD format from the original PSP and the digital-only system used by the newer PSP Go.

    The Next Generation Portable will also have backwards compatibility, meaning new owners will be able to download the games they already bought from the PlayStation Network for the PSP onto the new device, as long as they are within the download limits imposed by the service.

    What's more, Sony promised that it is currently asking developers to release their previous PSP games as digital downloads onto the PSN so that everyone can get them, no matter the versions of their device.

    In preparation for the launch of the NGP, Sony is also asking developers that games released only in the UMD format to try and launch them through the device's special memory card format, so that more people can enjoy them.

    Sony said that it is still working out deals and overcoming legal hurdles, but that it won't release something like an external UMD reader, which was rumored for the previous PSP Go.

    This may annoy current PSP owners who have a large collection of games on the UMD format and want to play those titles on the Next Generation Portable.

    Still, the features and specifications of the new devices are more than enough to warrant a new investment, even if its own price is still just a rumor at this stage.

    The Next Generation Portable is set to be one of the most powerful handheld consoles on the market, with Sony hyping it up by saying that it is as powerful as a PlayStation 3.

    The device may start rolling out onto specific territories at the end of the year. [/p]

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    what about my UMD games can i somehow burn them to the NGP ?
     
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    sorry, out of luck.. there not going to do anything for original umd games, it's digital only or through the new "format".
     
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    thanks Sony for making me waist money
     
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    They're still looking for a solution, but it's not that necessary, people still have their PSP's.
     
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    Well, if you're like me, you'd keep your current PSP and save up to get the NGP.
     
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    Sony, Sony, Sony... Backwards compatibility is one of your greatest assets in a new handheld (or console). Not many people are gonna be able to enjoy the launch mainly because they probably won't have the money...
     
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    but i dont want to carry two handhelds they should let us trade our UMD for the digital games
     
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    Well, it's kind of like the PSP Go scenario...

    They might end up with some trade system, but it's highly unlikely. Sony isn't too fond of backwards compatibility nowadays.
     
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    *snip*
     
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    Bullshit.

    This is exact same lie that Sony and their fanboys told people before the launch of the PSP Go.

    The only way to get your old PSP games on your PSP2 is to buy them all over again, and at a price that is substantially above retail.

    Just like the PSP Go.
     
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    Can someone tell me as to WHY Sony makes Backwards Compatibility so damn hard?
     
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    Simple answer.

    The company mistakenly thinks there's no money in Backwards Compatibility.

    Meanwhile BC helped drive the PS2 to massive success. (Among other factors.) PS2 BC really hurt the competition and it really helped the PS2, which for the first two years of its life had a complete shit game library.

    Now Sony will sell you HD versions of PS2 games in collection because that's a lot more profitable than supporting PS2 BC.
     
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    So basically they're dicks.
     
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    In a way, yes. [​IMG]
     
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    You can say the same for Nintendo (DSi).

    At least Sony isn't know for making their consoles region locked.
     
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    How? Simply put dsi/ds game to 3DS, not so hard.

    If you talking about gba then let me say it was just it time to go, it been hold up for a while unlike umds.

    Irrelevant, plus I doesn't mean they wouldn't...
     
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    It's not as simple as you think. Due to the fact that 3ds uses a different processing architecture than the DS it would need to emulate it. Just because a card fits the slot does not meant it works, it may be simple on the user and but it is an ass complicated process. Sony made a good decision by changing from the UMD format to the card system, but they have to do shit like this to get around it. UMD was a pretty shitty system, and if they want to keep it, it would make this system even larger than it already is.
     
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    But it was (GBA) the exacly motive that I didn't buy a DSi (and never will).

    UMD was a fail, even Sony knows that. There's no reason for them to still try to support it. If people wants to play the games they had, they can just play them on their PSP's, it's not like Sony is banning whoever still uses it.

    BC is just a bonus. The console HAS BC (with PSP/PSN games).
     
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    Yea, I mean the 3DS is coming out. But isn't that the same as saying because gba I wouldn't get the 3DS or because UMD I'm not getting PSP2?
     

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