Neoseeker : News : Sony not offering UMD Passport program in North America
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Da Soulja Feb 7, 12
Why is Sony digging themselves a deeper hole with the Vita? First it was the over priced (practically mandatory since the Vita doesnt have internal memory) memory cards. Then it was lack of Remote Play support for every PS3 game which was promised at one point. Now this? I want the PS Vita to succeed but Sony keeps f*cking up. It's like the closer it gets to releasing in the states we get more and more bad news...
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j25mand Feb 7, 12
the way i see it, flash memory i thought meant a memory card(i never really did care) but it says it wont be available FOR NOW in the U.S so that just says they will do it sometime in the future. im hell bent on getting this system if it means that i have to wait for something like that.
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DedValve Feb 7, 12
How to dig your own grave by Sony.
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THM Feb 7, 12
It's a slap in the face of PSP gamers!

Well, I suppose, the bottom line is that 'to make money from previous UMD games' again...'to milk the PSP cow as much as Sony can' Well, SCEI, you should learn from Nintendo how to make a good portable console with a full backward compatibility function!

There is a notion of capitalist greed/money making strategies here...Hardcore gamers have to buy classic PSP games that they already pruchased a few years ago? What kind of a devil strategy is SCEI using?

My advice is that keep your PSP-3000 to play classic games, it's not worth to purchase UMD games again on Vita. Sooner or later, Sony will realize that its Vita has a major weakeness!!!

P.S. I'm glad that I made a right decision to buy a 3DS before the Vita is out
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Nagare Feb 7, 12
THM, I'm even happier I made the decision to buy neither of them. Not very impressed with them at this point. The Vita is pretty big in person, but at least the UI seemed smooth even if games (like MNR and UGA) took forever to load just the trials.
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Shadow of Death Feb 8, 12
What the actual *bleep* Sony? Most of my PSP games are physical copies, and my PSP doesn't play games very well anymore (PSP-1000, 'Phat' model).

I was counting on being able to transfer my physical game licenses to my PSV (if for a fee) >_
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Insanity Prevails Feb 8, 12
It's very unfortunate to see this. Moreso when we already know of its existence in Japan.
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Wolverine527 Feb 8, 12
I wasn't planning on ever getting rid of my PSP (I never wanted to pay extra to play my PSP games on the vita),but that's still a load of crap them not doing that for American Vitas.
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S-I-E Feb 8, 12
forgive me if i may not be up to date on the importance of the subject but why do some of you guys sound so eager to port over your existing UMD's?

what makes them so special when they are played on the PSvita compared to your PSP's?
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Wakaman Feb 8, 12
It registers that UMD game to your PSN/SEN account and since the PSVita has no UMD drive this allows us to purchase the game digitally for a small amount of money. Without this we will have to still rebuy these gamed but at full price. What's so special? Well I love my UMD games, and I'd like to play them on a graphically more powerful handheld.
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S-I-E Feb 8, 12
quote Wakaman
It registers that UMD game to your PSN/SEN account and since the PSVita has no UMD drive this allows us to purchase the game digitally for a small amount of money. Without this we will have to still rebuy these gamed but at full price. What's so special? Well I love my UMD games, and I'd like to play them on a graphically more powerful handheld.
i don't think you should expect too much from your PSP games just because it's on a more capable handheld wakaman. it'l be the same play with perhaps less longer loadingtimes if it's the gameplay you are after.

you'd be better off saving the money you would otherwise use for psp ports for the upcoming PSvita titles and keep your current PSP for the games you own on disc. it works just as fine and trust me i'm going to do the same thing. i got only 8 gig for my PSvita when i buy mine so i have to be efficient with the room and the already towering amounts of money i'll have to spend on the bloody thing.

truth to be told i still have my gameboy pocket with all the games i got for my birthday in 1996 but just because super mario land six golden coins is out for a small fee on the 3DS these days doesn't mean i should just throw away or sell my childhood fond cassette. people are just too quick to throw away their stuff these days and you'd be surprised how much new titles you could buy by avoiding these "fees".

so if i were you i'd just hold on to the discs. it'l come in handy later.
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Reenee Feb 8, 12
S-I-E, it's a matter of convenience. Some people do want to get rid of their UMDs, others might want to store and preserve the discs but have quick access to their games.
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Wakaman Feb 8, 12
I don't want to carry around two handhelds when I only need to carry one S-I-E, it's better for me to carry one and an extra memory stick with me than carry two and the UMDs.
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S-I-E Feb 8, 12
renee of course, for a small fee the interesting titles could be ported. i considered the same with patapom, for some reason i just can't resist the rythm it has.

but then again to each their own. in my case it wasn't worth it. mainly since my funds will be dried up for a good while after the PSvita is in x_x


you guys keep your chin up about this matter though. sony made a promise so they can't just say no all of a sudden. it wouldn't surprise me if it were legal matters again.
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