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November 11, 2011 // 9:28 pm - While it's not surprising news, today Sony announced that PlayStation Vita owners will be able to download a UMD Passport Registration Application for UMD support on PS Vita consoles, which uses both cartridges and digital downloads according to the official specs.

To quote from Kotaku (linked above): "Starting Dec. 6, the UMD Passport service will start in Japan. Here's how it works: Download a free app called "UMD Registration Application". After that, enter your UMD game disc into your PSP, and according to the on-screen prompts, register your UMD via your PSN Account. The UMD will then be available for purchase.

Once the PS Vita is released in Japan on Dec. 17, you can then download the title on your new Sony handheld. According to Sony, the games will be available at an "agreeable price".

Currently, 40 game companies are offering 200 UMD titles as part of Sony's UMD Passport program. The digital versions of the games are priced anywhere between 100 (US$1.29) to 2,400 ($31).

Here is a selection of titles to give you an idea of how much the downloads cost on UMD Passort: Patapon 3 (1,000 or $13), Gran Turismo (1,000 or $13), Hot Shots Golf Portable 2 PSP the Best (500 or $6.40), Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (1,000 or $13), Dynasty Warriors: PSP the Best (500 or $6.40), Persona 3 Portable: PSP the Best (1,500 or $19), and Guilty Gear: Judgment (500 or $6.40).

This is not a full list of titles, and other companies, such as Konami and Capcom, are participating. Expect pricing and titles at a later date. Obviously, Sony did not disclose U.S. pricing, but one could assume that games priced at, for example, 500 would be priced at $5 in the U.S."

For those curious, PSVita will be released in Japan on December 17 and both Hong Kong and Taiwan on December 23, 2011.

A European and North American release are currently both slated for February 22, 2012.

Sony Announces UMD Passport for PlayStation Vita Consoles

Sony Announces UMD Passport for PlayStation Vita Consoles

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#25 - Tidusnake666 - February 8, 2012 // 8:18 pm
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Sony: No PS Vita UMD Passport Program for North America

Sony has told Kotaku that there will not be a North American version of the UMD Passport program, which would allow PlayStation Vita users to transfer their PSP discs to the upcoming handheld.

Sony debuted the UMD Passport program in Japan last December alongside the release of the Vita. Japanese gamers can insert their game discs into their PSPs, register them on their PlayStation Network accounts, and pay a small fee to re-download their games on the Vita.

Unless Sony changes its mind or announces some sort of alternative option, North American PSP owners will have no way to play their UMDs on the Vita, though they will be able to access any PSP games they purchased digitally.

I've asked Sony why it won't bring the UMD Passport program to North American customers and will update with any further news or explanation.

Sony will release the PlayStation Vita in the U.S. on February 22. Look out for Kotaku's review in the coming weeks.


#24 - zerobde - November 15, 2011 // 11:41 am
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Yeah, I'm sticking with my PS3/Xbox360... Got burned by Sony with original PSP. Not this time around!

#23 - Prince Valiant - November 13, 2011 // 7:21 pm
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May as well just keep a PSP and the UMDs around. As for Spectral Souls, you pretty much have to be playing that from the MS if you don't want to wait forever.

#22 - fudgelmir - November 13, 2011 // 10:59 am
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The big problem I have with the digital downloads though is that you can only download it 3 times before you need to repurchase it (if I recall correctly). Memory sticks do fail, and it makes shuffling data more of a hassle.

An external umd drive would be a novel idea, although umd seek/load time is horrible.

Spectral souls for instance: every attack animation needs time to load, making the battles slow and frustrating.

#21 - Bartholomy - November 13, 2011 // 9:32 am
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Like i said dozen times, Sony's workers have no idea how to make a good marketing

#20 - pasty745 - November 13, 2011 // 8:06 am
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Quote Originally Posted by fudgelmir View Post
okay... so there's something I really don't understand here. If they're charging us this much money, what is the point of registering the umd in the first place? Why not just have the game(s) available for download?

Purchasing UMD+this new fee wouldn't be a big deal if games were $1-2.

But when we start talking $10+, it's just silly.

Persona 3 UMD: 39.99 + Persona 3 digital vita conversion: 19.99 = $59.99

Persona 3 PSN version = $34.99

I think it is just a convoluted way of getting people to just buy everything from the PSN. Because really, why bother going through a stupid registering process if it really just makes you pay the price of a PS3 game. I think it would be easier (and make slightly more sense) to just make the price of digital PSP games cheaper. With the popularity of buying used games these days.

I can understand not simply letting you rip the game 100% free. But in all honesty, if I could even do a download/rip of my PSP games (or PS3) for like $1-$5. I would be 90% okay with not using a CFW on my units. I still would like to have the physical discs though.

The most immediate problem I can think of for any of the digital stuff is times when the PSN/your network is down. Since without signing-in will normally lead to the games not working.

#19 - Bartholomy - November 13, 2011 // 6:40 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Natepig View Post
I imagine that Sony will take the initial sucess with the Ps3 security, added to the lessons of its eventual failure, and the Vita will be water tight for years.

Are you sure?

#18 - e3g - November 13, 2011 // 3:08 am
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$1 to $2 is reasonable, but $10 is not. I can understand it costs sony both infrastructure and cost in delivering the file to you in bandwidth. $1 - $2 will recoop the cost of the infrastructure and the bandwidth required, anything above this is profits.

#17 - Natepig - November 13, 2011 // 1:30 am
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I imagine that Sony will take the initial sucess with the Ps3 security, added to the lessons of its eventual failure, and the Vita will be water tight for years.

#16 - Bartholomy - November 13, 2011 // 1:07 am
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Maybe you got the point. Soon duplex or someone else will release this hack, and we will play umd games for free on our pspvita, this will be probably the first hack of pspvita