Tretton: Sony Considering PSP with Harddrive

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Click to viewSony has thought about and continues to play around with the idea of building a Playstation Portable with a built in hard drive or internal memory, Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, said this morning at a gather of game writers.

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"I think we definitely thought about it," he said. "I think that's the trend moving forward."

With the recently announced ability to purchase movies on a Playstation 3 and move them over to a Playstation Portable, and as the cost of memory continues to drop, the chance that a new Playstation Portable would include some sort of internal storage option is becoming increasingly likely, Tretton said.

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New of the push toward digitally distributed movies through the Playstation Store is also like to impact UMD's already flagging movie sales, he added.

"I think the UMD has struggled," he said. "And that's an understatement. That's been a very frustrating thing. I don't think (UMD movies) were handled very effectively."

He said it seemed that studios said "lets see if we can get people to pay $20 or $30 for crappy movies with less content."

Digital distributed movies, he said, is either going to supplement the UMD movie's struggle or be the "stake in the UMD's heart."

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I still favor memory sticks as an option because I have a few devices that support it as long as it maintains a cheap price point. I usually get third party memory sticks since they tend to be slightly cheaper. Although I could probably use USB flash drives as another alternative.

I'd love a built-in hard drive similar to that of my iPod video's 80GB hard drive in place of the UMD drive. Battery life isn't that much of an issue with it, and I'd be able to store a bunch of movies and games while on the go, so it seems to a good idea with less to carry.

It does screw many people with a large collection of UMDs but if they added a UMD-to-digital download trade-in policy, then it would be a fair compromise. A conversion tool would work too, but I don't know how they would accomplish that.