Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Wipeout Pure: Stealth Edition

Sony has announced the UMD version of the summer flop Stealth will contain a cut-down version of Wipeout Pure. The game will contain 2 levels and 2 vehicles from the best selling PSP title as well as a new Stealth based track and the Stealth plane, all of this will be playable in both single player and multi player mode with up to 4 friends. While I don’t think it will work in this case thanks to the poor quality of the movie this is a great idea from Sony really adding some value to UMD movies.

Given their pricing is comparable to DVDs, but they can only be played on a PSP and don’t have any extra features current UMD movies are a hard sell and are struggling to find a large market. Add in some reasonable game content, particularly if its actually tailored to the individual movie and suddenly there is a good reason to look at the UMD over the DVD version. I hope this is not just a one off to try and sell a bad movie but rather becomes somewhat standard on all UMD movies.

Unfortunately Sony has placed the RRP of this title at about US$10 higher than a standard UMD movie, so it looks like, initially at least, users will be paying for the extra content.


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