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Thursday, September 24, 2009

PSPgo "Goodwill Program" revealed in Europe

Ok, we're finally getting the first glimpse of the often-promised Sony "goodwill program" for people with current (UMD drive) PSPs upgrading to a PSPgo:

From the EU PlayStation forum (posted by username Yaster):

The PSPgo rewards scheme will allow you to kick start your Go collection with a couple of free games for those who currently own an older PSP.

What you'll be able to do is download 3 games from a selection of 17, these can either be games from your current UMD collection or 3 new titles. The full list is as follows:

  • Killzone Liberation
  • Medievil
  • Wipeout Pure
  • Buzz Brain Bender
  • Buzz Master Quiz
  • SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Resistance: Retribution
  • Syphon Filter Dark Mirror
  • Lemmings
  • LocoRoco
  • Patapon
  • Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
  • Echochrome
  • Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
  • Daxter

The process of obtaining these titles is as follows

1. Unwrap your shiny new PSPgo and start it up

2. Connect to PlayStation®Network and activate your new or existing PlayStation Network account for PSPgo Rewards

3. Start up your current PSP and connect to PlayStation Network

4. Login using the same PlayStation Network account , and launch PlayStation®Store

5. Pop one of your UMDs into the drive of your current PSP and register on PSPgo Rewards when prompted

6. Download a PSPgo theme

7. Wait for your email voucher for your three free games

8. Choose, download and enjoy!

This is going to begin on 1 October 2009 and will run until 31 March 2010.

Hmmmm. This is almost exactly what I thought Sony's "Goodwill program" was going to be, only I thought it might be 4 games. 3 or 4... close enough.

It also combines the theory that having a UMD in a PSP while connected to the PSN is noticible by the PSN.... so it raises the question, can Sony tell any UMD game that is in the drive & running while connected to the PS Network? if so, then they *could* make EVERY PSP game available as a free download that you own, as long as they have it in digital form. So, in theory, PSP owners with a previous UMD game collection should be able to acquire digital versions of all/most their games. BUT.... that's IN THEORY.

Let's face REALITY. Sony's *not* going to make that happen. It's possible, but I'd fall over if it actually happened. The reality is that when the "Goodwill program" (notice how I keep using "" for that term) comes to North America, it will likely be similar/same as the Europe one, only a different list of available games.

So, is getting 3 "free" download games enough incentive for being an early adopter of the PSPgo? There's a lot of skepticism-- to put it mildly.... but I suppose 3 free games is better than none.

Just have to wait til October 1, 2009 before we know for sure what our "Goodwill program" will be.

UPDATE: Just saw this article at IGN that states Sony has no plans for a North America rewards program.




HerrJeff said...

Hi Don,
I think that latest news about the PSP Go confirm that Sony's target audience is not current PSP owners as much as potential buyers of Ipod 3G and Zune. The price, internal memory and size has been designed for that market, not to compete with Nintendo DS. There are a few incentives for current "clients", but except access to common, existing PSN game and media resources, these 2 products are distinct in their marketing process... even accessories are not compatible from one to the other! If I were about to buy an Ipod or Zune, I would give the Go a serious look but I still think I found all I need with my PSP-2000.

Don said...

Yes, Sony has made it perfectly clear that they don't want current PSP owners to buy the PSPgo.

They are playing catch-up to the runaway success of the iPod Touch/iPhone. People keep mentioning Zune, but honestly, they are not much of a factor. The ZuneHD *might* be cool, but it will never be a rival for the iPod, and there are no current plans to even sell it in Canada. Until Microsoft is able to leverage some serious 1st party franchises for it i.e. Halo, and it somehow gains a huge following, at this point it is a non-starter. It'd have to prove itself in a year or 2, but I suspect the Zune will remain what it is; a niche device. If I'm wrong in 2012, feel free to come back here & let me have it.

I agree that Sony is *SORT OF* competing with the iPod Touch market, and going after new users who don't own a PSP. But a really important point is this: PSPgo has the features of a PSP-1000/2000/3000, except it has a SMALLER library of games. All the digital PSN games that can be played on a PSPgo can also be played on a PSP too. So which has the better value & selection?

Of course, the PSPgo has a few features that the PSP lacks: smaller size, slide-out, bluetooth, etc. All this has to be taken into consideration. But from a games standpoint, Sony has come out with a new system that plays the same games, but FEWER of them than their current system. How is that good for anybody?