Farewell UMD

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MUSEUM DISPLAY | A man looks at Universal Media Discs (UMD) that are used in Sony's initial entrant into the handheld gaming device market, the PlayStation Personal (PSP), on opening day of the 10th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) May 12, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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It looks like we've finally seen the last of the UMD. Here's hoping that Sony's Next Generation Portable doesn't have a new, poorly conceived media format anchoring it down. I like everything else I've seen and heard about the device so far. –Brian Crecente

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AriKagura
Ari Kagura

It really does suck that UMD is going away because I'd rather have a piece of physical media than digital media, as far as game consoles go. But on other hand, the only thing I'd be glad to miss would be the whirring noises of the UMD drive. I thought something like that should be left to the bigger home console brethren or a gaming PC.

Though, I do remember reading about the NGP using some kind of flash cart-based media, similar to Nintendo's DS carts ... if so, I think that would be a nifty idea.

I sure hope Sony comes up with a plan for those who have UMD versions of games as opposed to downloaded versions from the Playstation Store.

Perhaps one way is to check the download history of PSN DLC purchases. For example, I have download logs of Dissidia 012 DLC but not the actual game downloaded, which might prove I have Dissidia 012 ... after all, I don't know any logical person who would download DLC for a game that they never owned. Also, some of the Dissidia DLC were promotions from other games, like the Aya Brea Lightning costume and Cecil's "Classic" costume, which could prove I have owned 3rd Birthday and the Final Fantasy IV Collection respectively.

A plan for UMD collectors could require a lot of work (mostly to prevent abuse and minimize "piracy" on Sony's own turf), but it could be done somehow.