PSP Stuff

A lot of people are repeating the GamesIndustry story about how UMD film sales have topped 100,000. I think they’re repeating it incorrectly, though it’s likely to be a mistake on GI’s part. They quote:

Sales of films distributed on Universal Media Disc (UMD), Sony’s proprietary disc format for PlayStation Portable, have topped 100,000 according to the platform holder.

Which seems fine unless you remember this USA Today story from last month: Two UMD movies have now sold more than 100,000 copies each: Sony’s House of Flying Daggers and Resident Evil 2.

Which leads me to conclude that this is what was meant:

Sales of individual films distributed on Universal Media Disc (UMD), Sony’s proprietary disc format for PlayStation Portable, have topped 100,000 according to the platform holder.

I expect better fact checking than this from GI.

Also, here’s a hypothesis: the large explosion of “homebrew” PSP development is due to the fact that PSP owners, myself included, have absolutely nothing to play on the device. There is a dearth of quality new releases for the system. Launch titles can only sustain for so long.

Of course, that’s not (entirely) true, but that is a big factor in sales and the main reason why the DS is pulling further, and further away from the PSP in Japan. I wish I had recent numbers for North American hardware sales.

Anyway, a “homebrew” exploit that doesn’t require extra hardware (second memory card) is out now. I shall try it out. I am, however, annoyed by the bandying of the word “homebrew”. When the first PSP exploits were revealed and the first emulators started showing up, it was said that it was a boon for “homebrew development”. This can be true, but for the most part it’s bullshit. I had a rant, but I’ll just write one comment: faulty justifications are worse than none at all.

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