Sony cancels UMD Passport Program for US players

Sony's announced that it won't be bringing its UMD Passport Program to US players when the Vita is launched in North America later this month. In Japan the program allowed players to transfer their UMD-based PSP titles to Vita-friendly PSN downloads, but Sony appears to have decided bringing the measure to America is more trouble than it's worth. The company reminds players that seamless transfer of “select PSP titles” is still possible if the game's a digital copy.

Sony's decision may sound like reducing the options of American players, but in truth, it may have saved you just as many headaches. The program wasn't free, and with publishers allowed to set their own price for a UMD Passport copy of the game (and some titles just plain ineligible for transfer), the program had a nigh-infinite scope for confusion, disappointment and, ultimately, national collapse (perhaps). Maybe if you've got UMD-only PSP games you still play every day... you could just keep your PSP?



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  • chris-harrison - February 9, 2012 2:34 a.m.

    I sold my PSP and it's game around the nice the PSPGO came out, the only ones I'd miss would be Locoroco and Patapon, which I'm sure can be downloaded via PSN if I really want them, and will possibly play on the Vita. I'm sorry but it's not that big a deal, and like they said it was more hassle than it was worth, just hold onto your PSP if you're that fussed like mentioned. Failing everything else I'm sure an emulator wouldn't hurt.
  • Ravenbom - February 8, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Another classic Sony move.
  • KnowYourPokemon - February 8, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    Another Sony system not supporting backwards compatibility anywhere near as well as it should? Is anyone really surprised?
  • einhazard - February 8, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    I hate to be another negative person on the internet, but this article describes the reason I'm not buying a Vita. Don't get me wrong; it's not the first system to not be backwards compatible or anything, but unless they come out with a game that I must have (read: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together) then I've got no reason to set my PSP aside. I'm sure eventually the Vita will be worth it, and I'm fully aware this argument isn't really based on any breed of logic, but I just don't see the need for a Vita if I can't trade my PSP towards it. Say what you will about the 3ds and its emulation of DS games, but at least you have the option to play them.
  • kuraki_dan - February 9, 2012 12:44 a.m.

    You do realize that if you bought the game online from the store, you can play most likely play it on the vita anyways. Also there are more than enough good vita games out or coming out. I live in Japan and have already had 8 games, 4 of them are very good, 3 of them are good, and one is meh. But there are also about 5 more games coming out in the near future that i want as well. Very very pleased with mine, and the 40 UMDs i have sitting on the shelve are probably never going to be touched again.
  • SpadesSlick - February 8, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Not surprised. A confusing and awful system would bring more backlash to them than just not bothering all together.
  • 24Castle - February 8, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    Its like they want this thing to fail.
  • TheMariner - February 8, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    @slimjim441 Is it the same game I bought the PSP for? <---Obvious giveaway OT: That is rather disappointing but I can't say I'm entirely surprised. Kinda of odd that Sony doesn't want more of my money though. This news just ensures that I'll keep my PSP and not need to buy digital copies from the PSN.
  • MasterBhater - February 8, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    This is kind of disappointing, but I'm not too upset, considering I would have to pay anyway
  • slimjim441 - February 8, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    You're telling me I have to keep my PSP for just one game? ...Oh wait, I bought the thing for only one game anyway. 20 points to who can guess which game I'm talking about! Hint: Only available format is UMD.
  • QuickSticks45 - February 8, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker?
  • Joemomma81 - February 8, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    birth by sleep?
  • burnsideking24 - February 8, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    i was gonna go that! i like your avatar bwt
  • slimjim441 - February 9, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    Nailed it.^ Captcha: was jewed We most definitely were...
  • BootyByHersheys - February 8, 2012 7:04 p.m.

    Going with BBS also since its the only reason I bought a PSP!
  • GameManiac - February 9, 2012 12:27 p.m.

  • Cyberninja - February 8, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    i was going to keep my psp but this sucks, because i cant just have my vita with me and all the psp games i wanted, at the very least have a sale on psp games in 2 weeks

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