US and Canada Playstation Vita gamers won’t be enjoying one of the most talked about features in Japan. The UMD Passport Program will not be rolled out for North America. However, they will still be able to download the full digital version of games that are available on the online store.
For those of you that still have no idea what the UMD Passport Program is: It’s basically a PSN feature (first implemented last december) that allows users of such network to put their games into the PSP, and after registering the game, one would be able to download that PSP Game on the PlayStation Vita (not entirely free, just for a reduced price).
You can read the official statement from Sony below:
SCEA will not be offering the UMD Passport program. U.S. consumers who already own digital versions of select PSP titles will be able to seamlessly transfer those games to their PS Vita system. PSP games played on PS Vita will offer upscaled video quality that’s ideal for the system’s 5-inch OLED screen, along with controls that are optimized for its features such as the dual analog sticks. At the launch of PS Vita, 250 PSP titles (including minis) will be available, and hundreds of additional titles will be available post-launch.
Why is The UMD Passport Not available for North America?
There might be two reasons, one of them is that the contract between Sony and 3G Networks leave this feature out, to limit the download cap. Second, if there are many problems when converting any PSP game into the Vita, a massive market like the US would be filled of complaints, and Sony just doesn’t want bad PR right now.
What are your thoughts on this?. Was the UMD Passport program a relevant feature in your opinion?
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