PSPgo upgraders to receive three free games

Sony to launch rewards program for existing UMD-owning PSP users

Sony has announced that people with existing UMD games who want to upgrade to the new PSPgo, due out on October 1, will receive three free downloads of full games.

The PSPgo Rewards program involves registering a PSPgo on PSN, then logging on to PSN with an existing PSP with a UMD in the drive, which allows you to download a special PSPgo theme and then presents you with a voucher via email for use with the PSPgo.

The voucher will be redeemable for three of 17 available titles, which will include Killzone: Liberation, SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, WipEout Pure, Everybody's Golf, echochrome, Buzz!: Brain Bender, Buzz!: Master Quiz, LocoRoco and Patapon, reports Eurogamer.

PSPgo Rewards will be available from October 1 until March 31 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 since the system's E3 unveiling, but a solution has yet to be announced by Sony.

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.

Sony also unveiled a PSPgo converter cable adapter today, which will allow existing PSP peripherals, such as the 1Seg Tuner and GPS receiver, to be used with the upgraded hardware.

The adapter comes with a plastic frame that clips around the PSPgo as shown by prototype pictures. Sony is yet to confirm a price and release date for the add-on.

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