Before the PSP Go was released, Sony talked about a UMD-to-digital plan which ultimately fell through and doomed the system. Now with the upcoming release of the Vita, Sony re-introduced the plan and now it's actually happening. Well, for Japan at least.
Known as the "UMD Passport," the program lets you download digital copies of your UMD games onto your Vita. You download a program to your PSP from the PlayStation Store, insert a UMD (from a list of applicable titles), register the game and pay to download a digital copy onto your Vita.
The ammount you'll have to pay will vary from game to game as it's up to the publishers to determine the prices. Most fees are hovering between 500 yen and 1,500 yen (that's roughly $6.50 and $20).
Sony has not announced the program for regions outside of Japan.
» Source: http://kotaku.com/5858586/here-is-sonys-umd-solution-for-ps-vita-owners
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