Monday, February 1, 2010

[WORK NOTE] FFXIII Ships on 3 discs, Sony considering PSPgo relaunch?

It's been a while since I've done one of these, and there were two interesting stories that I caught while at work.

Final Fantasy XIII on 3 Discs According to GameFly, their listing for the game has been updated, reflecting a very interesting piece of info, giving renters-to-be a warning:

NOTE: This is a three disc game, but it only counts as one disc against your rental plan.

Yea, 3 discs. I'd believe it, simply because Square said a little while ago that 3 discs was their goal. Actually, considering the track records with "goals," there is reason for suspect here.

Original Source - GameFly Listing
My Source - Kotaku

Sony Considering Relaunching/Rebranding the PSPgo Now this is something I'd be looking forward to. According to unnamed sources to Gamervision, they site them by saying Sony is looking into efforts to relaunch - or even rebrand, and seeing as how that helps them with every iteration of their home console lines, I would not doubt this claim - the PSPgo with "a marketing blitz in hopes to rekindle some sort of excitement over the handheld...and there's little doubt a price drop might be among them." A price drop? Again, that would be something for me to consider, but until they live up to their word on the UMD-to-digital conversion program, then there won't be a PSPgo in my house for a long time.

Original Source - Gamervision
My Source - Joystiq

Back to that "UMD-to-digital" thing, my claim is that Sony needs to do with PSP and UMD what they're doing with Blu-ray: Digital Copy. It's a hit with DVD and Blu-ray, and it's something I love. Having Digital Copy for UMD games would be awesome. Then again, who's to say that you could rip an .iso file from TBP or Demonoid and dump it to a PSPgo running custom firmware and homebrew? It's what 360 modders do...