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As promised, Sony is currently prepping a system to allow gamers to transfer (transfar?) their PlayStation Portable games to the UMD-less PS Vita. Today, the publisher announced system to allow Japanese gamers to convert their physical games into digital form for download, but it's not as simple as you might think. First, they'll need to download a verification application from the PlayStation Network, which will then confirm that they have a physical copy of the game. Once verified, the games can be re-purchased from the PSN with a discount, and that discount varies from game to game. While some are free, others are somewhat pricy.
The discounts vary from game to game. Onore no Shizuru Michi wo Yuke, for instance, is available for free, whereas gamers who purchased Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable will need to spend 1,500 yen (about $20) to re-download it on their Vita. Those are the extremes, obviously, and most revealed so far fall between the two prices, coming in at either 500 or 1000 yen.
The full list of games revealed so far is below, courtesy of Siliconera.
Sony hasn't confirmed if this is going to make it to America, but we wouldn't hold our breaths. For one, we might all pass out, and that would be bad for the economy, but also because this isn't Sony's first dance with promising a transfer system that never materialized. We'll keep you posted, though we'd suggest being prepared to re-purchase your games without marginal discounts if you want to continue playing Patapon 3 on the Vita.