UPDATE: But what of North America?
So, you're interested in replacing your standard Sony PlayStation Portable with the new UMD-less PSPgo model, but you have a stack of games in UMD format that you're not willing to drop. How will you get your favorite games into the new machine without buying them all over again in the new format? Ever since the PSPgo was announced back at E3, rumors have swirled that Sony would offer some sort of trade-in program to turn those UMDs into their downloadable equivalents, and now the European version of that program has started to take shape. Kotaku has the details.
PSPgo buyers will be given three free games from a list of seventeen PlayStation Portable titles. That list is, as far as we can gather, comprised entirely of first-party Sony titles, including Killzone: Liberation, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, WipEout Pure, echochrome, LocoRoco, Patapon and more.
The rewards system will run from October 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010 in European territories. And according to the release, will require PSPgo owners to register for their three free games by accessing the PlayStation Network with their older PSPs with a UMD in the drive.
Considering that Sony doesn't have to offer anything at all, I'm glad to see that they're willing to meet casual long-time PSP owners halfway. However, for those us with with moderate to large UMD libraries, this offer really isn't good enough. I'm very curious to see the sales numbers for the PSPgo once it's released. I imagine they'll sell some units, but I just don't see the new iteration of on-the-go PlayStation being a rousing success compared to the traditional existing hardware.