GameStop, the PSP Go, and UMDs.

From time to time I like to quote articles that may not be examples of brilliant observations, opinions, or insights; instead the articles are posted because they contain highly entertaining comments. Here is one from kotaku – GameStop expect PSP Go owners to trade in their UMDs.

Instead of expressing apprehension about a system that can only run games that are downloaded — i.e. not the games primarily sold on GameStop’s shelves — the company’s executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, Tony Bartel, expressed enthusiasm. “We’re very excited to be selling the PSPgo,” he said. “We have a very clear roadmap as to how we can drive profitability on the sale of games.” Bartel noted that GameStop would do well selling points cards to help downloads.

And, Bartel said, there would be this perk: “It will also be a strong contributor to our trade-in process where you have people that will have UMD games that will no longer work on that platform that will fuel additional currency for GameStop.”

Still waiting with baited breath to see what type of trade-in program is in the works. If I wait long enough on Sony, the PSP Go may sell out, which will solve the problem for me.


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