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UMD Vs. Digital?

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I have a PSP 3000 with an 8GB memory stick. I was just curious if there's any difference playing games downloaded off the PSN from the memory stick Vs. Playing the same game on UMD. Does playing off the memory stick improve battery life? Cut down load times? Anything like that? Or is it pretty much the same either way (performance wise)?

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Aug 18, 2010

Yes on both accounts. You see, the UMD drive uses battery power. Not so much loading off the stick. And the stick does load a bit faster than the UMD drive. 

 

Though some games are not available on PSN. I feel so sorry for Go owners not being able to play games like Crisis Core, best handheld game I've ever played. 


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Aug 18, 2010

From what I hear

 

Load time

Advantage, 3000.  UMD drive is better than the memory stick at loading games to active memory

 

Battery life

Advantage Go.  The motor on the 3000 is a power hog.

 

Game selection

Advantage 3000.  PSN has yet to get all UMD games on the network.

 

Game pricing

Advantage 3000. Used games and retail discounts help on this one.

 

Portability

Advantage Go.  It's small and collapsible with no games needing to be dragged around

 

Design

Advantage Go.  It's a device you can brag about with your gaming friends.

 

So really it's up to you and what is more important.  I favor selection of games as I was a late starter and know there are plenty of older games I wouldn't mind playing....also I am old and don't care if my friends don't find me high tech.

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Aug 18, 2010

 


Shadelon wrote:

Yes on both accounts. You see, the UMD drive uses battery power. Not so much loading off the stick. And the stick does load a bit faster than the UMD drive. 

 

Though some games are not available on PSN. I feel so sorry for Go owners not being able to play games like Crisis Core, best handheld game I've ever played. 


That's what I thought. Good to know. Still glad I went with the 3000 over the Go just for the back-log of UMD-only games.

 

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Aug 18, 2010

 


erjoh wrote:

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Load time

Advantage, 3000.  UMD drive is better than the memory stick at loading games to active memory

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Actually, if this is firsthand experience, you mustave had a cheap or slow memory stick....

 

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Aug 18, 2010

I once thought the same too..until now.

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Playing on a Memory stick wastes less battery and speeds up load times
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erjoh wrote:
UMD drive is better than the memory stick at loading games to active memory

 


Wrong, otherwise some of these games wouldn't give you the option to install some of the game from the UMD to a memory stick to speed loading times.

 

Get off of the Lexar/obscure brand memory sticks and to SanDisk or Sony brands.


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Aug 19, 2010

 


InfinitiProject wrote:

erjoh wrote:
UMD drive is better than the memory stick at loading games to active memory

 


Wrong, otherwise some of these games wouldn't give you the option to install some of the game from the UMD to a memory stick to speed loading times.

 

Get off of the Lexar/obscure brand memory sticks and to SanDisk or Sony brands.


 

Even sandisk is crap at times...

 

Nobody ever has problems with a Sony...

 

For the cost of a game extra, you could get the better quality stuff...

 

Just sayin.

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Aug 19, 2010

Here's a previous discussion where some forum users discussed loading times on Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

 

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