Sony Pictures Announces First UMD Movies
Four titles will be released on the proprietary format on April 19th...
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced today the first round of movies to be released on the PSP-specific UMD media format. xXx, Hellboy, Resident Evil 2, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico will hit stores on April 19, with additional titles to be released "monthly." No pricetag was announced at this time.
SPHE also announced plans to release UMD films in Japan and Europe, but no titles were divulged.
"Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to play a pioneering role in the introduction of this revolutionary new concept," said SPHE President Benjamine Feingold. "As the first fully integrated portable entertainment system, PSP will offer consumers an exciting new movie experience. We look forward to making movies on PSP a success with retailers throughout the world."
No other movie studios have announced concrete plans to support the UMD format for film releases, most likely taking a "wait and see" approach to examine how Sony's initial offerings fair. Many analysts have expressed doubt that consumers will be willing to purchase a movie on UMD to view on the go, if they already own the film on DVD.
Today's announcement reinforces Sony's stance that the PSP is more than just a game machine, and their goal for the system to serve as a true multimedia device. The first million PSP Value Packs include Spider-Man 2 on UMD, to ensure that the system's movie playing capabilities remain in the spotlight. Advent Children, Square-Enix's long-awaited movie sequel to Final Fantasy VII has also been announced as a UMD release, and help furthers Sony's goal of making the UMD format legitimate for film releases.
The PSP Value Pack launches in America on March 24, with an MSRP of $250.
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