PSP Go debacle was a failed product launch for a number of reasons, but
one issue continued to nag Go buyers long after its release: games
shipping on UMD without a PSN counterpart. That portable form factor
goes to waste when only a selection of the product’s library are
ditches the proprietary UMD optical storage in favor of flash-based
media. Anyone interested in downloading a game instead of purchasing it
on a 4GB flash cart will have that choice. House also noted that the
equality between physical and downloadable media isn’t a two-way
street--some games will see release on PSN without shipping to stores as
a full-price case+manual affair.
developers and Sony to push inexpensive downloadable games on PSN
once the NGP hits. With the established success of the PlayStation
Network, these games may outperform the content available on Nintendo’s
DSiWare platform. Nintendo has always lagged behind when it comes to the
world of online, but we’re interested to see how downloads fare on
Nintendo’s eShop and PSN once the 3DS and NGP are both available.