North American Vita users will not be given the UMD Passport Program that is currently available in Japan.
Oh boy I can already see some psp users raging over this.
Well yeah, that's really screwed up man. I traded in most of my psp games when I let go of my psp. Yet this is still really crappy that we don't even get a discount if we already have bought the game.
Its not screwed up, having the ability to get a digital copy from your UMD for a discount is a bonus its not an entitlement. If I want to play PSP i'll play my PSP, If not i'll buy the digital version.
@FriedGoat - I didn't say we should be entitled. I simply mean that it's crappy when you consider Japan gets this, yet we don't. THAT is what's screwed up in my opinion.
Why is everyone so pissed off? I had a Nintendo and could t play those games on my super Nintendo. I got a wii, and had to pay for all those games that I still have a majority of if I want to play them on the newer system. I already know Nintendo gets a free pass but since it's Sony it's doom and gloom and they are raping your wallet. I wanna know when the fuck are the music companies gonna refund my money for my old cassette tapes that I now have on cd or mp3. Also the movie companies for the VHS tapes/DVDs I had and still have now that Blurays have taken over. /s
They shouldnt be raging. if they want to play PSP games, they can play them on their PSP's.
then why offer it to some areas and not others?
This isn't excusable, why would you want to carry around two (three if you have a cell phone) devices on you?
@Dlacy13g Probably because the psp was a huge hit in japan and they are trying to entice psp owners into buying a vita.. Its called marketing. Sony obviously doesn't think that there's enough of a demand for it here to make the effort worth while.. For me the only games I care about playing on my vita are the god of war games and Peace walker but I'll just buy the Metal Gear Trilogy and I already have a digital copy of chains of Olympus.. Im not realy all that worried about it nor should you, the launch lineup is stellar enough...
want to play your old umd? ....play with your psp ffs.
Same thing when the PS3 lost BC. Did everyones PS2 suddenly stop working? For me I buy a new system to play the new games, not go back and play old games.
My biggest issue with this is the fact that Sony should be focusing on customer retention first, then expand the market. The best way to get PSP owners to upgrade is to offer incentives like the passport program. There is another way around this, and that is to make the digital versions of all older PSP games $9.99 or less. Its ridiculous to charge $29.99 for a 2+ year old PSP game. I can understand new releases, but if the game is 2 years old its hayday is over.
Will i have the PSPgo it won't hurt me to switch my games over to Vita.
Meh i really dont care i never was really into the psp but im def getting a vita
i dont get why people would be mad. Its a new system, not a new psp model.
Not to mention, you guys "should" keep the PSP. It's a great system in itself. Just like when I moved onto the PS3, I didn't hawk off my PS2. I hope that makes sense...
Because Sony announced it, most likely to rope in a few extra sales they wouldnt have got otherwise. Can safely say, for me and probably many others that this is becoming a less essential buy every day.
there no "console" which is essential. Essential things are others.
idk about you but im buying a Vita to play VITA games, not PSP. Although i can because i bought all my psp games off the PSN store : )
isnt this the reason the psp go failed? I would have got one if they offered the option to download digital versions of games you already owned on umd. That being said 90% of Vita owners will have a psp close by they can still play there umds on anytime.
It failed because it was so late to the party, the digital only offering sucks at this time, it didn't have 2 analogue sticks, and people knew that an upgrade was around the corner.
When it was first announced that the UMD passport proggram had a limited amount of (Japanese) UMD<->digital and that each "transfer" would cost an additional fee, people freaked out. Am I missing something or did people really want that here in the North America?
Just like the Vita price. People were amazed at how cheap Sony priced it at E3, but now its to expensive. :S
Welp, I guess I'll finish off the last few PSP games I have then sell it all. I was saving them so I could switch em to my vita (when I get it down the line) but I guess they just don't want my money to rebuy the games I own. Whatever.
All my psp games were digital...this doesn't affect me
"Sony has told Kotaku that there will not be a North American version of the UMD Passport program, which would allow PlayStation Vita users to transfer their PSP discs to the upcoming handheld." lets see "Sony said" who was it @ SONY said it would not be...ooh thats right they cover their @ss by saying "unless Sony changes their mind" kotaku.com WHO @ SONY SAID THIS?..NAME WHO IT WAS or can you even do that? so say in a few months Sony brings the software to transfer the UMD CONTENT OVER TO NORTH AMERICA THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND..RIGHT? Is their even a source or did you just make it up as a Question you asked some PR person an they gave you no real defined answer an you decided to run with it? yes great reporting there LMAO
I posted my first time to N4g partially because of your posts. You were horribly wrong about Sony's dropping/moving away from the "Playstation" name. Now you are questioning this report put on Kotaku. Really just nitpicking at this story. It's like you try to hard to defend Sony at every turn. Go ahead and check back on the story about the name drop, I posted with your name in it. Please read it and this before you reply. It's like you argue just to argue, or maybe you are in denial a lot of times. I am a first bundle buyer, and even though this doesn't bother me that much, it should. The fact that a positive purchasing point is going to be implemented in Japan, and not here (even if it come later it still wouldn't be as fair for any consumers outside of Japan) is wrong.
"You were horribly wrong about Sony's dropping/moving away from the "Playstation" name." how so? like the fact that they changed the name to Sen so now Sony is moving away from the name "playstation"? you call that proof that Sony's moving away from the playstation name brand..lol really? than you state im defending Sony by questioning their claim? yea i questioning their claim just to defend Sony or something..yea sure..lol www.kotaku.com.au/2011/05/rum our-is-sony-cutting-the-ngps-r a m-in-half/" an yes we all know how that turned out than you post this: "The fact that a positive purchasing point is going to be implemented in Japan, and not here (even if it come later it still wouldn't be as fair for any consumers outside of Japan) is wrong." than you put this in: even if it come later it still wouldn't be as fair for any consumers outside of Japan so which is it? Sony: You Won’t Be Able To Bring PSP Discs To Vita or Unless Sony changes its mind or announces some sort of alternative option, North American PSP owners will have no way to play their UMDs on the Vita, though they will be able to access any PSP games they purchased digitally. So which is it..sounds to me Kotaku does not know for sure them selves. do you work for Kotaku? my post must have rubbed you the wrong way or somthing...lol
Ok, they took the Playstation name away from the network. For whatever reason the Playstation name was better served out of the network. That was a simpl one the name is off of 1 of their services/products so they aren't moving TWARDS the name otherwise it would've stayed. It's both, both would be wrong. If we never got the psp umd change it would be wrong. AND if we got it later it would still be wrong because it was a selling point implemented at launch in Japan. And could easily be there for launch here. So both would be wrong, getting it later would be a bit better, but still not cool. You next question ties into the previous, even if they weren't positive about it coming later, it still does 1 thing... Here in north America we are getting less of a service, hence it is definitely worth reporting. Most of this is common sense to me, I'll not be getting the best of the product at launch. No I don't work for any site. I'm just an older gamer, recently retired, who takes an interest on reading about video games and seeing which direction the industry is going. Never before have I witnessed fanboys being As bad as they are now. EVER. Some defend 1 of the 3 main companies (now getting to be 4 with apple fans) so blindly that it leads to stupidity. I love my Sony products, but with the blinders off it is a company being ran into the ground. Hope it changes. But all of your posts I have seen put you on Sony's side of the fence unable to see what's happening.
This will upset a few people though I'm skeptical anyone's decision to buy the Vita was affected by this. Personally I've never sold any of my consoles/handhelds/hardware I find them to be nice mementos. Still have my Gameboy Pocket and Sega Nomad on a shelf in my room.
Its BS because they announced it and got peoples hopes up. BC isnt a manditory thing but it really helps consoles. I like buying nintendo consoles because i know the 3ds will play all the ds games which makes a bigger library and lets people upgrade their system and keep their games. It would be better if all games were on psn (at least big ones like kh bbs and others that are missing) and were more affordable (like 10-15 dollars max. I will rebuy a few games on vita like mgs portable ops because i want to replay it with 2 thumbsticks but it sucks to have to keep 2 devices for a few games. Oh well i do want the vita for vita games but its a shame i cant have my whole library on the vita with its big beautiful screen with 2 thumbsticks.
Wow... sounds like you all should STOP SELLING YOUR PSPs TO BUY VITAS, IF ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS KEEP PLAYING YOUR UMDs!!! And when they release the Vita, how expensive do you think the PSPs are gonna be? They're gonna mark them down so they can start phasing them out! Anyone who cares THAT much about their existing PSP game library, is going to keep a PSP to play them on.
"With the Vita's launch so near -- it will be out on February 22 -- it was starting to look like the conversion program might not make it out of Japan. When I contacted Sony recently regarding the subject it had nothing to say, although it has now come out and revealed the unpleasant truth: North American gamers will not see any form of the UMD Passport program those in Japan did. The news was confirmed with Kotaku today and means Vita's backwards compatibility with PSP is limited only to digital games. http://www.1up.com/news/vit... which if you go to Kotaku: "Unless Sony changes its mind or announces some sort of alternative option, North American PSP owners will have no way to play their UMDs on the Vita, though they will be able to access any PSP games they purchased digitally" ao IGN was it scrapped or will sony change their mind? So the validity of Kotaku's source was not named So who at Sony comfirmed this? an yet all the sites linking this news to Kotaku is not questioning the source that Kotaku says that Sony confirmed it to them? an not confirm this news on the official playstation blog an did not happened to confirm this news but yet Kotaku cannot name who it was? give me a freaking break
The PSP has a 10 year life cycle. They might not want to kill it yet unlike what ninty and ms did to their past consoles.