Sony: No PS Vita UMD Passport Program for North America
posted on 02.07.12 at 11:42 PM EST by (@salromano)
Well, that sucks, doesn't it?

In Japan, PlayStation Vita owners have a UMD Passport program, allowing them to repurchase a list of select PSP titles at a discount price on the PlayStation Store to download on the new handheld (considering it lacks a UMD drive). In North America, PlayStation Vita owners have… well, nothing.

Sony Computer Entertainment America has told Kotaku there will not be a North American version of the UMD Passport pogram.

PlayStation Vita launches in the U.S. on February 22.

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  • Kougeru

    guess im not buying :\

  • Zero

    One can only hope they have another system in the works.

    What more can I say? I think we all agree they need to do something with this problem.

    I never liked the umd passport program to be honest, and it had plenty of flaws. It was better than nothing at all though.

    Sony seems set on trying to just move on and forget about it, but I don’t see the problem going away anytime soon.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    America has no one to blame but themselves. Damn bunch of dirty pirates.
    Why should Sony allow Americans to use the UMD passport program when most of the PSP owners in the states were nothing but a bunch of bottom feeding thieving pirates anyway. The abysmal sales of peacewalker and Ghost of Sparta in the US prove that.

    Im not seeing this as a huge deal either way for the simple fact that after the Vita launches on 2/22/12 it doesnt all of a sudden mean my PSP and my PSPGo cease to exist.

    I guess lots of people need to trade in their PSP’s to be able to upgrade?
    As for all the commenters on this site and many others that have said: “well now I’m not buying a Vita”…..in light of this announcement,
    To that I offer…..

    “Sucks being poor” : /

    • howardmoonish

      @Malcolm Reynolds:

      Except I’m not poor, but nice try.

      Also kind of a stupid comment about piracy since people who OWN the umd’s, who would be eligible for this program, obviously didn’t pirate the games. People who did pirate have digital copies which I’m sure will play just fine on the Vita. So in essence Sony is rewarding the pirates and punishing those who actually bought their games.

  • http://www.gametrailers.com/factions/FoKHF/?action=news DarthXehanort

    I couldn’t possibly care less.

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      @DarthXehanort: I do! I was gonna play them all on the sweet sexy new screen!

      Dont you want to do that?!

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    @King: you still can. Any psp game you bought on PSN tranfers to Vita. Any psp you have on UMD that you just “have” to play on Vita is also playable so long as you purchase a digital copy.

    Does that suck?
    I guess. But I am buying a Vita to play Vita games.

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      @Malcolm Reynolds: True enough,and thanks for clarrifying =D

  • howardmoonish

    I feel better about cancelling my preorder now. Thanks, Sony :)

  • Rock Raiyu

    Not surprising, I wouldn’t bring the program over for the small percentage that actually bought UMDs either.

  • FaithlessMr

    While it’s not something I’d use (I’m personally against having to rebuy games I already bought, more so when in this economy, money doesn’t come easy for me right now), I don’t think this is a good thing. I mean, at least they should give out a reason for doing this.

  • TerrenceG9

    I don’t understand why this is such a big deal. I still have my PSP to play my UMD’s, and if my PSP happened to break I could just walk to a used electronics store and pick up a new one for $20.

  • vertical09

    Thank you so much hackers for ruining a major program for the vita >_>
    Oh well guess i can hold off the vita till a price drop now.