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  • 07Feb

    UMD Passport program not coming to North America

    Sony informed Kotaku today that the UMD Passport program, first instituted in Japan, would not be available for North American users. This program allowed gamers to put UMD games in their PSPs to register them, then download them at a discount on the Vita. Unfortunately, this means that when Vita launches in North America, you’ll have no way to play the UMD games you’ve collected over the PSP’s lifespan — and you’ll have to keep your PSP if you ever intend to play those games again. Any PSP games you’ve downloaded/purchased digitally will still be available. No reason has been given (as of yet) for not offering the program. It’s possible that, for some reason, it’s just not popular and therefore not worth offering in the U.S. and Canada. Does this change your opinion of the device? I’d say I was bummed out, but I never owned a PSP, so

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  • 11Nov

    Sony’s UMD Passport solution gets your your games on Vita for a fee

    When we heard that PlayStation Vita didn’t have a UMD drive, some people were a little worried. What the heck were they going to do with all those old UMD games for their PSP? Being apprehensive makes sense. Sony just announced their solution for Japanese consumers, UMD Passport. The UMD Passport program allows you to download a free application, use that to register the UMD games you already own, and then you get…well, not your game again, for free. You get a discount on repurchasing whichever games you register. At the moment, the repurchase price varies depending on the game, but it currently ranges from 500 to ¥2,400 ($6-31). Of course, economies are different, so if we get this program, the prices will likely look a bit different. The program will eventually expand to around 200 games in Japan. Nowhere near the entire library, but it’s something. PlayStation Vita goes

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