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PSPgo to get UMD drive add-on?

Peripheral firm Logitech working on UMD reader, source tells CVG

Third party peripheral company Logitech is working on a UMD drive add-on for the PSPgo, a source has told CVG.

Neither a price or release date was given, but we were told that the device will plug into the PSPgo, allowing users to play their UMD games on the portable.

"The only problem is that it'll make the PSP a little bulky", said our source.

Logitech's UK office told CVG: "We're not aware of it, so it may be something the US office is working on." We're awaiting a response from it and Sony.

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PSPgo is able to store and play games from either its internal memory or a memory stick. The news remains rumour for now, but if true, we imagine a UMD reader would insert into the PSPgo's memory stick port on the left side of the console, as did some hard disk add-ons that were released for the older PSP models.

Developer talk at the Tokyo Game Show in September hinted of a plan by Sony to release another iteration of the handheld, a PSP-4000 that would support Sony's UMD format, for release in 2010.

The lack of a UMD drive is, among other things, a widely criticised aspect of the new PSPgo, rendering built up collections of UMD games useless for its owners, who'll have paid a whooping £225 for the pleasure.

We'll keep you informed on this.

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