I Robot, Alien Vs Predator and Dodgeball are among the first films announced for the European launch of the PlayStation Portable in September. 20th Century Fox said the blockbusters – plus League Of Extraordinary Gentlement and Alien – head its line-up on the PSP's Universal Media Disk (UMD).
The UMD is Sony's new disk format for games and movies. It can hold 1.8GB of data – significantly less than the 4.7GB you can fit on a DVD, but more than enough to produce crisp images on the PSP's 4.3in screen.
However, we're yet to be convinced that PSP owners will splash out cash to own a film on a format that only works with their pocket console, and not with their DVD player at home. With canny consumers already playing MP4 video from the PSP's Memory Stick Duo, there seems little reason to invest in pre-recorded UMDs. Nonetheless, in the US sales of UMD disks have been pretty strong, with over 100,000 copies of Resident Evil 2 (the film of the game) and House Of Flying Daggers already sold. Only time will tell whether pre-recorded UMD disks will follow pre-recorded MiniDiscs into the bargain bin of history.