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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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#15 - NTA - November 13, 2011 // 12:58 am
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I agree with you on that.

#14 - moja - November 13, 2011 // 12:25 am
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I still don't understand why they didn't introduce an external UMD drive for the Vita that is encrypted to only work with Sony hardware. This would allow folks to use their original discs (paying only once), and prevent people from dumping them via PC (until a hack is found, at least). Anyone got any ideas for their reasoning?

#13 - Bartholomy - November 12, 2011 // 11:02 pm
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Agree. The most idiot thing i ever heard. Hopeless Sony

#12 - wwywong - November 12, 2011 // 9:41 pm
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Let me see if I got this correctly:

step 1: get your UMD game
step 2: put in your psp
step 3: download the app to register your game
step 4: go to vita
step 5: go to online store
step 6: pay for the game AGAIN. download the game
step 7: play it on vita

Oh wait, I think in step one I did put my UMD in psp... why don't I just quit all those stupid steps and start playing on my psp? Is it because I don't like to carry both my psp and vita at the same time? Oh, but if I love a game so much that I want to play it, I don't mind bringing both system.. or maybe I will just bring psp, since I am playing one game, and one game can't be played in both system at the same time?

The bastards in Sony are getting crazier each day... Their craziness amazed me.

I mean to charge ppl for really old games like NES titles, that I understand, because people are paying a price at the convenience that they might not want to drag their oldass system out, and find the game that is like 20 yrs old... But paying some price for the last gen game that is just on your desk with your last gen system ready to start anytime? That's just plain stupid.

People, pls don't buy them... only 0 sales in this category can voice out something strong to them that their ideas are crazy.

#11 - lindwurm - November 12, 2011 // 5:22 pm
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maybe they intend to lock up any access to their system from hacker... but i believe sony will leave a gap to their system coz they need to sold a lot in order to maintain their production.. we've seen reactpsn work and maybe we also find another reactpsn for psp, never lose hope

#10 - barrybarryk - November 12, 2011 // 5:18 pm
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Its just another tax on second hand sales. So you can't buy a cheap 2nd hand copy of the UMD and play it on vita without coughing up more dough.

#9 - Natepig - November 12, 2011 // 4:41 pm
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There are so few good games for the psp, i'd be surprised if anyone wanted to play any Psp titles on a Vita, let alone pay for the privilege. Bomberman and Loco Roco for me are the two best on the platform.

#8 - jarvis - November 12, 2011 // 2:28 pm
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This company has lost its mind. There is zero chance of me ever purchasing this device and I would encourage others to avoid it as well. If we allow them to get away with this, there will absolutely be a similar system on the PS4. That will definitely be the end for me. At this rate, this company will want you to carry a special card that lets them know what games you purchase, and a GPS locator so they know where you take them.

I hope this fails miserably.

#7 - absarhegde - November 12, 2011 // 1:53 pm
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I Guess $ony is short of money to launch new games!! That's why they're discovering ways of earning EASY MONEY!!!..

#6 - fudgelmir - November 12, 2011 // 1:08 pm
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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