Sony Has No Plans To EVER Bring UMD Passport To The US
Posted on Thursday, February 23 @ 14:22:12 PST by Keri_HoneaSony says, "Stop yer bitchin'! Ye ain't gettin' no UMD Passport!" Okay, they didn't say it that harshly, with that badly of a dialect, and with that horrible of grammar, but you get the overall gist. North America owners of the Vita should not expect Japan's UMD Passport program to hit the States. EVER.
Shuhei Yoshida of Sony Worldwide Studios explained it like so:
I’m sorry we are not doing it in the States, but there are two factors that contributed to the decision as I understand it. I’m not in a position to make that kind of business decision. The system has been introduced in Japan, where there is a much larger demand for PSP games. When you look at the release schedule of new titles there are still lots of PSP games being released in Japan and being announced for release. Lots of people who are interested in trying Vita are also interested in playing PSP games that they might purchase before Vita comes out, and will not necessarily choose the digital version.The fact that the PSP did not sell as well over here as it did in Japan probably has something to do with it as well. Lots of people bought UMD games for their PSPs, but it sounds like it's not as many as were sold in Japan. Considering Japan released far more titles than North America, it's not too surprising.
I'm a little disappointed, but I'll live. It's no big deal to me to keep my PSP and play my UMD games if I feel like unearthing them at all.
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