Sony Japan have announced plans to allow users of PSP UMD games to play their line-up on the upcoming handheld, PlayStation Vita. This special program is called the UMD Passport and the UMD Passport will provide users to download versions of your UMD games at a discount price. The UMD Program begins on the 6th December in Japan. The UMD Program consists of the following steps.
1. Users must download a UMD Registration Application from the PlayStation Store to your PSP.
2. Boot up the UMD Registration Application from your PSP’s XMB menu and insert the UMD game you wish to register into the system.
3. Follow the prompts to register your UMD disc with your PSN account. UMD Registration Application
4. You can then download the downloadable version of your game at a discount price.
This special program will support 200 titles from 40 companies. Pricing ranges from ¥500 to ¥1500. Major titles include; Gran Turismo, Persona 3, Phantom Kingdom, and Akiba’s Trip are included.
Sony also shared specifics on what happens when you boot up your PlayStation Vita. The left screen is the Live Area of the PSP game and to the right is the play options.You can move through the bilinear filtering, change settings for the right analogue stick and switch the color space to match the color of the PSP. For games that use the system’s camera, you can switch between the front and back camera.
You’ll be able to transfer your PSP saves to your Vita. The transfer can be done through the PS Vita Content Management program on your PS3 or PC. In the case of a PC, you’ll need to install a program called “Content Management Assistant for PlayStation.” This will be released later via the PlayStation.jp site.
If you have a UMD copy of a game, you’ll need to use Sony’s UMD Passport program to transfer it to the Vita .It’s supported by the program. For download versions, you can download the game directly from PS Store, or download it to your PS3 and transfer it from there to your Vita.