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Major Publishers Fail To Back Vita UMD Passport

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation Vita, PS Vita, PSP, UMD, UMD Passport

Major Publishers Fail To Back Vita UMD Passport

Sony has published a list of the games that will be included in the PlayStation Vita's UMD Passport Scheme, which promises to allow PSP owners to re-download games at a reduced rate. It's a neat idea, but this recent missive makes for very interesting reading. While publishers like Tecmo Koei, Atlus, SNK, Nippon Ichi, Acquire and Cyberfront (and SCE themselves, natch) have all signed on, there's no sign whatsoever of most of the major publishing giants. Where's Capcom? Where are Konami? In terms of raw numbers, the list only covers 262 titles out of a possible 606 games on the Japanese PlayStation Network.

And why the non-committal response, I hear you ask? Because it makes more sense from a business perspective to release these games as PSN downloads and charge full whack. However, since the scheme will need to be tailored specifically for UK and US territories, it's possible that the situation may change before next year's Vita launch.

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gunnx  Dec. 1, 2011 at 15:08

im hoping the release of the new platform will automatically cause the psp games retail or digital to fall in price.

JonLester  Dec. 1, 2011 at 16:05

im hoping the release of the new platform will automatically cause the psp games retail or digital to fall in price.


Retail, probably. Digital... erm... well that's up to Sony. PSN is a closed platform, and I can't see them being particularly willing to undercut their own profits save the occasional weekly deal. I'd love to be proven wrong, though.

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