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Smaller "Non-Retail Games And Applications" For PSP Go

The PSP Go may not use the UMD format, but there will be full retail games available for download on the PlayStation Network. And as an interesting addition, the news doesn't end there.

Apparently, "sources close to game development" for Sony's nifty new UMD-less handheld have said that Sony wants them to make smaller, "non-retail" games and applications. Such pieces of software would be priced considerably lower than the full titles on tap for the PSN; they'd fall somewhere between two and six dollars. The only major limitation for designers is the size: the files can't be bigger than 100MB, but Sony still says that in terms of creativity, there are no restrictions, so 2D titles and "non-game applications" are very possible. If you want to learn more, Sony will supposedly reveal the details of this process at GamesCom, an event that will take place in August in Germany. The good news is that these games and apps may be available to new adopters of the PSP Go (set to launch on October 1) by the fourth quarter of 2009. Said SCEA's Al de Leon:

"We are making a concerted push towards expanding the content available on the Store, particularly with the demand for digital content that will spike when the PSPgo launches this fall. This push includes new titles that are also launching on UMD, PSP catalog titles, PSone classics – double to nearly 60 titles -- and PSN exclusives. The goal with this move, is to support development of smaller titles from a broader range of developers and publishers. As part of this effort, we’re also streamlining the development process, including concept approval, licensing, and publishing."

The possibilities of the PSP Go really are impressive, but it's up to Sony and developers to fully realize said potential. The more they can do with this little device, the better the chances are that it'll be a rip-roaring success. Just remember, the current PSP model - the PSP-3000 - won't go away; it will continue to be sold alongside the PSP Go if the latter isn't your cup of tea.  It ain't for everyone, you know.

6/16/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

Alienange
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:04:05 PM
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Well that's odd. They want me to buy a PSPGo for 250 so I can play 2 dollar games?

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:13:06 PM

Heh

They want the Wii approach

Casual(crap) games for pretentious gamers

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:38:51 AM

Trying to compete with Apple maybe?I'm actually more stoked for the PSP Go! Then I thought I would be.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:10:44 AM

I didn't know Apple was in the running. Every flash game on the market isn't stealing sales away from MS and Sony.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:16:22 PM
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im willing to shell out 2 to 6 dollars for user created games, some really fun games have been user created games. but i want that 100 mb. cap limit to increase. I'm optimistic, Apple has done very well in this department, and i think SONY can do the same. Id like to see the app store eventually be open to the public to get more games and apps out and get a little cash for ourselves.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:31:33 PM
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When I read the article this morning, I thought it would be great.

Just think of it, there's a lot of talented people out there that could put out some great innovative games, as good as "Flower" & "Echochrome" wound up being.

And the biggest bonus, it will all be on the cheap too!!!!!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:42:20 PM

Hmmm as long as it's not crap like Wii Sports and the like then fine

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:54:56 PM
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I'd gladly pay a couple dollars for a sidescroller.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 10:57:25 PM
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Beats the hell out of paying top dollar for a DSi game where you do something stupid like distort your friend's face or wipe a baby's ass or something.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 11:18:34 PM

DSi is weak as hell. My PSP can be so many things depending on the mood I'm in. The DSi is a beefed up SNES with shades of N64.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 11:41:41 PM

I heard PSP was a Decepticon that can transform into a giant dildo and boff your girlfriend while your sleepin and it's so damn cool you don't even mind.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 6/16/2009 11:42:03 PM

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:42:24 AM

I actually like my DSi more then my PSP. Phantom Hourglass is great. Spirit Tracks will rock too. Why so much Nintendo hate? O.o

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:14:50 AM
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As long as we don't get the situation that Apple had with the iPhone AppStore. Anyone want a repeat of the shaking baby application only on the PSP? Didn't think so.

That said, the application limit of 100MB sounds like very little these days. But, when you consider that we were just talking about Elite in another thread. That's a game that fit's in it's entirety on a double density floppy disk (more or less 200KB), and runs in less than 20KB of RAM. In light of that, I have to think that there are some application designers, perhaps even former PSP HomeBrew geeks, who can make magic with a whole 100MB to play with.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:23:51 AM

to tell the truth I'm oblivious to what this 100mb deal means, is that the limit on what these cheap titles and apps will cost? because I'd say that's not a bad deal considering Zelda Ocarina of Time was about 32mb.

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sticklife
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 8:35:51 PM

wow! Only 32mb? How big is the card for the n64?

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:28:56 AM
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we couldnt use the shaking baby app. no accelerometer. ) : but yeah, i agree, there are a bunch developers that could do good things with 100 MB. but they could do great things with more space.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:37:55 AM
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Im glad i joined this site, i really needed a place to express my thoughts and ideas on gaming and technology in general and this website lets me do just that. There's alot of intelligent penple on here that i can converse with on a level my family doesn't understand, it's not that there stupid, they just don't share my passion for technology, and i just wanted to say thanks.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:47:59 AM

We worked hard to keep the good IN and the bad OUT. ;)

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Jed
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 1:01:59 AM

I know what you mean about your family not understanding. I could sing my family to sleep talking about my PS3.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:01:50 AM

lmao ! No kidding Jed... no kidding.

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 4:16:00 PM

yeh, i think a good % of us "young Gamers" are experiencing the same thing you are...

I for one happen to be somewhat intelligent... and I can't converse with my parents like i can with some of my other smart friends... Such is the life of a child growing up in the technological revolution

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:45:11 AM
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Metal Gear Solid Touch was only a couple MB's. It's not very sophisticated but still fun none the less.

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Jed
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 1:00:45 AM
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Great idea sony. It really makes me wonder what kind of stuff they will release.

My question is if they will release any of this stuff on the current PSPs, or if you will need a PSP Go. I'm thinking the latter.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 1:07:17 AM
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See, thats what im talking about, what other websites does the actual administrator respond to your comments personally. Great job Ben.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:02:54 AM

Not even the ones where you're the only one leaving a comment. How friggin nuts is that?

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 2:43:40 AM
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I'm excited at the possibilities. As long as Sony is overseeing what's going on, I hope we aren't inundated with shovelware like the DS line has. It's truly amazing what is being passed off as "games" these days. I'm not hating on Ninty at all. I just don't like people getting hoodwinked.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:33:18 PM
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PSPNOGO springs to mind. None of my friends who have PSP's are going to be getting one plus a few of thoe who don't have said they will get the previous one before the go as they like physical content not downloadable content.

They all said the same thing a resounding NO! to downloadable content regardless how much it is going to cost.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 3:36:58 PM

Well, the old PSP isn't going away, just yet. Also, what's wrong with down-loadable content? I have an 8GB stick in mine, and have half a dozen games including some PS1 classics (FFVII) on it. So wherever I go with my PSP I have the game in the UMD slot (currently Star Ocean 2) and however many I can squeeze onto the memory stick along with my music and photos.

I don't understand why anyone would have a problem with down-loadable titles. It's very convenient and it's the only way PS1 classics - for example - are legally playable on a PSP.

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 4:20:49 PM

legally being the key word...

i 4 1 have no problem with piracy...

Jolly Roger FTW!

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 3:16:51 PM
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ive successfully convinced 5 of my friends to get one, i think your friends are just cheap and there looking for an excuse to not buy one, no offense. oh and my friends already have a PSP 2001 or better and there still buying one.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 3:17:59 PM
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ive successfully convinced 5 of my friends to get one, i think your friends are just cheap and there looking for an excuse to not buy one, no offense. oh and my friends already have a PSP 2001 or better and there still buying one.

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sticklife
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 8:41:04 PM
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Yeah a lot more people are starting to get psp's and all this support will only help. For YEARS i was the only one of my group to have a psp but now I'm feeling a big shift. (monster hunter and disgaea are big helps)

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 1:06:05 AM
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My guys at GS are cool with me, They just gave me the free PSP UMD demo for Monster Hunter: Freedon Unite
Now, if they'd only given me a free PSP too, so I could play it (sigh)

Oh well, guess I gotta look at the bright side of things, it's just another incentive for me to buy one, LOL.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 2:50:02 PM

You're missing out on a couple great Star Ocean games, that's for sure.

Last edited by LimitedVertigo on 6/21/2009 2:50:09 PM

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