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Discs missed: no UMD Passport for US Vita owners

Tuesday, 7th February 2012 21:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

US consumers will not benefit from the UMD Passport scheme, apparently leaving them no recourse for transferring their UMD-based PSP games.

“SCEA will not be offering the UMD Passport program,” a statement issued to GiantBomb advised, throwing a small bone to those with downloaded PSP games.

“U.S. consumers who already own digital versions of select PSP titles will be able to seamlessly transfer those games to their PS Vita system. What’s great for PS Vita owners is that they can enjoy PSP games with upscaled video quality that’s ideal for the system’s 5-inch OLED screen, along with controls that are optimized for its features such as the dual analog sticks,” the representative continued.

“More than 250 PSP titles (including minis) will be available at the launch of PS Vita, and hundreds of additional titles will be available post-launch.”

The lack of UMD Passport at US launch was outed by Kotaku earlier today. The apparently Japan-only scheme allowed players to register their PSP games and receive a discount on downloadable, Vita-compatible versions. No explanation was given for the omission, and no similar plan has been announced for the European launch.

The Vita goes on sale on February 22, or February 23 in Australia.

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  1. diego-rbb-93

    Well, I was expecting this since the moment that big companies (don´t remember right now names) didn´t go aboard the program, in comparation with all japanese devs who develop a lot of title that never got to US.

    But that doesn´t have any sense, as Sony should have pressed ALL of them to bring their titles both digital way and UMD Program, no matter how.

    Don´t know who we have to blame, but it´s a shame that Sony will pay yes or yes in consumer´s name, not to mention the poor UMD shopper/collector.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    Well that’s me off the buyer’s list anyway. Really can’t be bothered with adding yet another console to the collection and having to keep the one it was supposed to replace.

    #2 2 years ago