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.