UMD Passport program launching in Japan

Want to bring your old PSP games to the Vita? Sony Japan has announced a solution. The "UMD Passport" program will grant gamers access to the PSN versions of their disc-based games... for a fee.

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Try all you want, you won't be able to shove your UMD games into the upcoming PlayStation Vita. Like the PSP Go, Sony's next handheld is completely digital, and won't be compatible with the PSP's disc format.

Sony has a solution--at least for gamers in Japan. The "UMD Passport" program will grant gamers access to the PSN versions of their disc-based games... for a fee.

Beginning December 6th, Sony will release the "UMD Passport" application on the PlayStation Store for PSP. The program will detect games in the UMD drive, and will unlock the ability to purchase a PlayStation Network version of the game at a discounted price.

Not the entire library will be supported by the passport, as there are a few titles that were never offered digitally. About 200 titles will be supported by the passport, including games like Gran Turismo, Patapon 3, Disgaea 2, and Persona 3. The re-purchase price ranges from 500 yen ($6.46) to 1000 yen ($12.92).

You'll be able to play all PlayStation Network versions of PSP games on your Vita, with support for upscaling to make games look even better on your shiny new handheld.

SCEA has not announced a similar program for America. We've contacted them to find out if there are plans to implement a "UMD Passport" in the States as well.

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    November 11, 2011 6:45 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, UMD Passport program launching in Japan.

    Want to bring your old PSP games to the Vita? Sony Japan has announced a solution. The "UMD Passport" program will grant gamers access to the PSN versions of their disc-based games... for a fee.

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      November 11, 2011 11:30 AM

      "Like the PSP Go, Sony's next handheld is completely digital, and won't be compatible with the PSP's disc format."

      The PSP discs won't work of course, but according to an earlier release statement and the current wikipedia entry:

      "Software for the PlayStation Vita will be distributed on NVG cards, a new proprietary flash card format similar to the Nintendo 3DS Game Cards, rather than on Universal Media Discs (UMDs) used by the original PlayStation Portable. NVG game cards will be available in size from 2 GB to 16 GB, with 2 GB and 4 GB versions available at launch. 5-10% of the writeable space will be reserved for save data, patches, etc. The size and form factor of the card itself is very similar to the SD Card."

      I thought Sony was going the physical "cartridge" and digital route, since the PSP Go's exclusive embracing of digital distribution failed miserably.

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      November 11, 2011 11:31 AM

      Shut up and take my hate, Sony.

      I already bought these games, and I don't want to buy them again for as much as they would cost used.

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      November 11, 2011 11:42 AM

      Honestly it should be a nominal fee like $1 - $2. Or better yet, they could offer it for free to people with a yearly subscription to PSN+

      Not gonna happen, but I can dream.

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