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Posted on November 11, 2011 by MikeV

With the PS Vita abandoning the UMD format, this has many PSP owners concerned that they may have to re-buy their games at full price digitally in order it they want to play them on the Vita. Sony may have found an answer to these concerns. Today they have announced a program called the UMD Passport. The purpose of the passport is to maintain compatibility for the PS Vita. In other words, you will be able to play your UMDs on the Vita through a download process. Here are the steps users will need to take roughly translated from Japanese:

  1. Install a program called "UMD registration app" on the PSP
  2. Place the UMD in the PSP and boot up the app, this will register the game under your PSN account
  3. Download the special edition software (ie the game) from the PSN on to the Vita. 

As far as pricing goes, that is still being discussed since a majority of the titles are around 500 yen. Most likely some type of online pass/key will be used and prices will be up to the developers discretion. This however has only been announced for Japan and no word yet if this will be available in the West. I'm sure something will be announced either during CSE 2012 or E3 2012.

Source: Kotaku Japan

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