Sony has announced that people with existing UMD games who want to upgrade to the new PSPgo, due out on 1st October, will receive three "free" downloads of full games.
This "PSPgo Rewards" programme involves registering a PSPgo on PSN, then logging on to PSN with your existing PSP with a UMD in the drive, which allows you to download a special PSPgo theme, which then presents you with a voucher via email for use on the PSPgo.
The voucher can be redeemed for three out of 17 available titles. We've asked Sony for the full list, but in the meantime the press release mentions Killzone: Liberation, SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, WipEout Pure, Everybody's Golf, echochrome, Buzz!: Brain Bender, Buzz!: Master Quiz, LocoRoco and Patapon.
PSPgo Rewards will be available from 1st October until 31st March 2010 and is open to people with any existing PSP model and at least one UMD who buy and register a PSPgo during that timeframe.
The issue of how people with existing PSPs might "upgrade" their UMD collections to work on the download-only PSPgo has been debated a fair bit since the system's E3 unveiling, and the popular choice would seem to be a trade-in programme of some sort. We've asked Sony whether that's a possibility or whether PSPgo Rewards will be the final word on the subject.
The platform holder has previously said that it intends to support UMD despite the launch of PSPgo, with games due to be released both digitally and on the proprietary disc format for the foreseeable future.
Check out our PSPgo hands-on for more on the system, which will retail for £224.99.
Update: Sony's got back to us and provided a list of all 17 games available as part of the offer:
- Buzz!: Brain Bender
- Buzz!: Master Quiz
- Everybody's Golf PSP
- Killzone: Liberation
- Lemmings PSP
- Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- Resistance: Retribution
- SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3
- Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
- WipEout Pure