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Sony announces PSP-Vita UMD Passport program

Friday, 11th November 2011 09:38 GMT By Johnny Cullen

SCEJ’s announced this morning a brand new program, known as UMD Passport, where PSP owners will be able to bring most of their catalogue to Vita.

The scheme will allow those with a UMD collection bring their titles to the new handheld for a discounted price.

All that’s needed is to download a program for PSP from December 6, as well as the UMD of the game you’re looking to push onto Vita. Once you’ve put in the UMD and done everything to register the game, you’ll be able to download it for Vita at a discount.

Some of the titles part of the scheme include Persona 3 and Gran Turismo, with third-party publishers including Square Enix, Sega, Capcom and Konami onboard.

Vita launches in Japan on December 17. It comes to Europe and the US in February.

Thanks, Andriasang.

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11 Comments

  1. Goffee

    Looking for this to come to the West but to be honest, will be keeping my PSP for those old games anyhow. Those discounts had better be pretty decent though!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Lightmanone

    If i could transfer it for free, it would be a plus, but “at a discounted price.” Since when do you have to pay twice for a game? Ugh.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stoopid_Snot

    so I can rebuy a game that I already have?????? yyyyaaaaaayyyy… I mean. what?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    “At a discount” so who’s betting something like 30% off the PSN price?

    Really anything more than £2 per disc would be unfair.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Kaufer

    Notice you that you aren’t turning over the UMD to anybody. If you feel miffed about the discounted price which is 500 yen($6.50) then sell the UMD afterwards. The downloadable version will work on both the PSP and PSV unlike the UMD.

    As it currently is neither the UMD PSP games, BD PS3 games, or DVD Xbox games automatically entitle you to the PSN version or Games on Demand version of those disc/retail games. You still have to pay for the digital versions if you want them on your console. Or course, you would pay twice, one retail disc and one digital, because its two different versions.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    @5, which is now an out dated system.

    With more and more PC titles buying the disc = buying a license that entitles you to download the game without the disc henceforth. The console system is outdated, unfair and overpriced in comparison.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. 2plus2equals5

    No i won’t rebuy my umd games, i don’t play them anymore and i can play them fine on my psp.
    The only one i could buy is beaterator because the umd version is extremely slow.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    If the discount isn’t about 90% then I’m no game, I’ll just keep my trusty old PSP 3000, which has even better face buttons IMHO.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. 2plus2equals5

    Look at my previous comment! 11/11/11 11:11 am! LOL, better than skyrim! XD

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    That’s actually not that bad. For some of my best games, that would be worth the price.

    And since Yen prices are often inflated, it might be even less that $6.50 over here. I definitely won’t complain about being able to transfer Dissidia 012 over at the least.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Cygnar

    @6 It is an outdated system for PC gaming, but it is one of the only options for console games.

    PC games often come with registration keys to ensure that one disc only comes with one license to download the software. The detail you overlook is that while you still own the disc, it is unusable without a registration key. On the other hand, UMDs have no registration keys, so the ‘license’ to access these games is possession of the UMDs. Absent any unique registration tied to the UMD, there is no way to ensure that one UMD comes with only one license to download the software.

    The problem with this situation is obvious. If mere possession of the UMD is enough to entitle the user to download the game, then one UMD provides for as many downloads as there are people who get their hands on the UMD. Moreover, the fact that users have compromised nearly every facet of the PSP’s security casts doubt on the security of this program as well.

    Given these problems, it is a wonder that publishers offer any discount at all for mere possession of UMDs. Take the program or leave it, if it comes to the West at all, but do not play dumb as to why these companies don’t give away free games to anyone who can borrow a UMD for ten minutes.

    Remember that you are still able to sell your physical copies of games. A unique license that entitles you to download these games is the cost of your freedom to sell them.

    #11 3 years ago

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