Your UMDs will have a life on Vita…for a price

Posted: November 14, 2011 by Tim Utley in News and Updates
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The UMD always seemed out of place to me; it never felt like it was going to have a place in gaming after the PSP had passed away, I was wrong (sort of).  Sony has announced that with the PS Vita your UMD collection can live on through the UMD Passport program.

Starting in December (when it launches in Japan) PSP owners can download a special program that allows them to register games they want to use on their Vitas.  They can in return for a fee, which is yet to be determined download said games onto their new handheld systems.  This is a pretty cool feature that could have probably been implemented on the ill-fated PSPgo, but I’m sure most of us are glad they waited to do this for the Vita.

IGN has confirmed that third party publishers such as Square Enix, Sega, Konami, Capcom and many others are participating in this program.  That too is great news because those companies produced some great titles on the PSP and would have been a shame if we couldn’t transfer them to our Vitas.

We will know more, as we get closer to the North American launch of the PS Vita in February.  So stay tuned for more news and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

  1. Tim Utley says:

    A little update to this article, when you go to transfer your UMDs to your Vita, make sure you are using your primary PSN account because you can only register one UMD per account, this will more than likely block out game sharing of PSP games, this will not effect people who don’t currently game share, but might deter others from participating in this program, just wanted to update everyone who was interested

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