February 17th, 2005, 16:11
Movies launched on the PlayStation Portable's UMD format in the USA will retail for between $20 and $30, in line with local DVD pricing, while Chinese movie House of Flying Daggers has now been added to the line-up.[br][br]The bulk of the titles which arrive near the launch of the system will retail at $19.99, including Hellboy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, XXX and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, while Spider-Man 2 will be provided free with the console.[br][br]The newly announced sixth UMD movie title, House of Flying Daggers, will come in at the higher price point of $28.95 - it's not entirely clear why, or whether the movie will come with a set of extras or an additional disc to justify this higher cost.[br][br]The new figures put UMD movies broadly in line with their equivalent DVD releases in terms of retail price points, which is likely to attract criticism in some quarters since UMDs hold significantly less data than DVD discs, and as such provide, in theory, lower quality picture and sound.[br][br]Japanese pricing for UMD movie titles was also revealed yesterday, with Sony announcing that titles there will retail for around 3,900 Yen - approximately 28 Euro, which is in line with the significantly higher cost of DVDs in the region.