When the PlayStation Vita arrives in Japan in a couple weeks, the UMD Passport program will be there to offer discount pricing on UMD-based PlayStation Portable games to those who register their discs using a special PSP app. Of the 606 PSP titles available digitally through Japan's PlayStation Store, 262 of them qualify as UMD Passport titles (via Siliconera). Content from key publishers like Square Enix, Namco Bandai, Konami and Capcom is notably absent from the list.
It's not a particularly consumer-friendly solution, especially with the seemingly arbitrary pricing going on for the reduced price titles. To be fair, it's still more than we've seen here in the U.S. -- Sony has yet to extend a similar offer to customers outside of Japan -- but with the Vita coming to other regions a couple months after its Japan launch, it's possible that the final list of UMD Passport offerings is still being finalized for other markets.
I have to ask though: are any of you passionate enough about one PSP game or another to actually spend money on it a second time? No Sony-bashing here; just an honest question. Old school game remakes are quite popular on mobile devices like smartphones; does UMD Passport seem like the same sort of thing to you?
Source: Sony Japan