With the pending release of PlayStation Vita in Japan, Sony has finally revealed how owners of UMD-based games will be able to get digital versions of them on their new PlayStation hand-held devices. All games will have to be re-purchased to be played on Vita, but those who can prove via UMD that they already own games will get a discount when re-purchasing the same content digitally.
In Japan these full-price games will cost around ¥1,000 ($13, £8). Some of the titles in this price range include Dirt 2, Gran Turismo, Dead or Alive Paradise and Patapon 3. Some titles will cost less to transfer, while others will cost considerably more. Third party titles will be available to transfer once Vita is officially released. The company estimates that around 200 titles will be available at that time – including games from Square Enix, Capcom, and Konami.
The PlayStation Vita will launch in Japan on December 17, in other parts of Asia December 23, and in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012.
We are not sure how Japanese consumers will react to these prices, but consumers in Europe and America will not be happy to hear that they have to pay even more money for games they already purchased.