Transfer your PSP UMD Games to Vita
Announced in Japan today, the UMD Passport program will allow you to download digital copies of your PlayStation Portable games onto the Vita. This is good. But like all good things in life, it comes at a price.
To do this, you start by downloading the UMD Registration App onto your PSP, booting it up from the XMB Menu, and inserting the UMD you want to register. After this, you simply follow the on-screen instructions to help you register the UMD with your PSN account. After this is complete, you’ll be able to download the digital version of that game at a discounted price.
How much of a discount you ask?
According to the Japanese PlayStation Vita website, the Passport program lists support of around 200 games from 40 companies on launch day, which is the 6th of December in Japan. Pricing on that list varies from 500 yen (£4) to 1500 yen (£12) (roughly between $6.50 and $19.50 US).
Ouch. That doesn’t feel like a discount.
Additionally, you have the option to download direct to your Vita, or to your PS3, then over to Vita.
Honestly, I can’t ultimately decide how I feel upon hearing this, though I’m leaning towards non-approval. I would absolutely LOVE to take Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Burnout: Legends with me onto my Vita, but I don’t see myself paying quite that much to have them transferred. In fact, I don’t see myself spending anything for something like that, especially since I bought them new.
It’s good that Sony is thinking of those of us who supported the PSP, but is that enough of a discount to convince gamers to transfer? Do any of you plan on doing this for your treasured PSP games?