Remember a while back that we brought you news that Sony was ‘considering options’ to enable Vita users to somehow play their old PSP UMD games on the new device? Well, as skeptical as we were, it now seems that the scoffing was at least partly uncalled for. Sony and its partners have today unveiled the UMD Passport program.
So how will this work? Basically you need to download a special app onto your PSP any time after December 6th. This program will then allow you to register your UMD game which will then entitle you to a discount on buying the same game from the PSN store for Vita. Yes that’s right, discount. Sony won’t be giving anything away here, so I guess it is down to the individual whether or not they want to pay the extra cash to continue playing a previously owned game. If not then I would suggest getting your games traded in sharpish, unless of course you want to continue playing with them on your PSP.
We expect the specifics to be announced soon, for example the actual price you will need to pay for the digital copy, and which games/publishers are included. In addition to Sony, we know that Square Enix, Konami, Sega and Capcom are all bought-in to the scheme. And why wouldn’t they be? Even if the cost is a relatively low $5, it is effectively money for nothing for them if they have already sold you a retail copy.
Without trying to shoehorn Kingdom Hearts into every piece I write (Oh, OK then!) I do sincerely hope that a download version of Birth By Sleep is eventually released or falls into this program, otherwise a spruced up Vita version had better be announced soon!