think just because you (half) invented the CD you're entitled to foist upon the world format after crappy format, but
how long until you listen up? MiniDisc, and Memory Stick (Pro, Duo, Pro Duo, M2, etc.), there's a good reason they
didn't stick like you'd hoped and still arouse the ire of consumers everywhere. But please, just don't act all
surprised that the UMD
isn't taking, and that studio after studio
is cutting back UMD releases, according to Variety; Warner's nixing six future UMD titles, stating they're
"disappointed with consumer demand [in UMD] at this time." Virgin, UMD's biggest buyer to date, isn't making
more room for new UMDs, either, stating "the overall impact of the format has still been nominal." You
guys want to know why though? Here's some free market advice: UMD only plays in one device (the PSP), and the format is
so closed consumers can't even buy recordable UMDs (and never will be able to), let alone play them in other devices.
Where's the "universal" in this media disc?
P.S. Variety mentioned a couple of time's SCEA's plans
to move more UMDs: a Sony TV adapter for the PSP. Sounds like a natural fit (after some especially unnatural hacks
), but we have a feeling perhaps
Variety might just be confusing this with the PSP's newfound ability to play LocationFree TV