CES 2008: Blu-ray set to kill off UMD as a PSP movie format
I’ve just published the liveblog of the Blu-ray press conference at CES (you can read it here), but one element in particular is worth pulling out. There was talk of a new feature where you’ll be able to put a Blu-ray disc in your PS3, and within seconds, have a copy of the movie ready to transfer to your PSP.
It sounds great. But the big question is, will it be the death knell for UMD as a movie format? In other words, why would you buy UMD discs, when you can just buy the Blu-ray version and then have a digital copy ready for transferring to PSP?
Okay, so UMD isn’t exactly thriving – this is more of a last straw than a mortal blow. But it’s clear that for the big movie studios, PSP is increasingly a device to target digitally, rather than with discs. Poor old UMD. Perhaps it can mope in a corner with HD DVD…
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Given that the PSP’s main function is to play games, which come on UMDs, I can’t see them getting rid of the UMD drive just yet.
So if UMD is finished that means there will another model of the PSP(unless the UMD drive thingy can be used another way)as to utilize the space left behind.