No UMD Passport for Western vita owners

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Sony’s new handheld, the PlayStation Vita – coming to our shores in just two weeks time – has a built-in PSP emulator and will be able to run your old PSP games. Sony will even have a program available where you’ll be able download your PSP games to your Vita for a reduced price.

Only it looks like that won’t be available anywhere but Japan.

In japan, PSP owners who bought a Vita are able to download a program to their PSPs, pop their UMD-based games in to register them and then re-purchase them as digital version on the cheap.

Sony, however, has confirmed with Kotaku that the UMD Passport Program won’t be available for US or European buyers. Sony’s not given any reason for the omission of the service, but if I had to guess, I’d say it probably has something to do with licencing – and greedy publishers.

PlayStation Vita owners will still be able to play PSP titles on their new handhelds – but they’ll have to pay full price to download them. It’s a little disappointing, but hardly a deal-breaker. Does this new revelation have any effect on your interest in Sony’s shiny new handheld? Or are you, like me, really only getting one for new games?

Last Updated: February 8, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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