PlayStation Plus Members In Japan Will Get 250 PSP Games As Free Play Titles

By Spencer . September 1, 2014 . 12:53am

asid2 In Japan, Sony had a program called UMD Passport where users could get discounted digital versions of PSP games so they could play them on Vita. Starting on September 17 and until the end of the year, the entire UMD Passport catalog will be available as Free Play games for PlayStation Plus members.

This gives Vita owners access to 250 games including Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Final Fantasy Type-0, Ys Seven, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.

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  • Manny Being Manny

    Imagine if US PS Plus actually was this good.

    • GOLD

      well japans plus line up is usually piss poor compared to the US.

      • Shade DMessiah

        This makes up for it in amounts only comparable to Disgaea attacks from a maxed out character.

        • GOLD

          lol AGREED!!!

  • GOLD

    That is broken

  • Fallen_Persona

    ….DO IT IN THE US! DO IT IN THE US! Everybody, their mother, and their mother’s mother would get Vita.

    • DungeonRPG

      except you couldn’t even buy a vita here…= = as it’s not in stock anywhere….

  • Red Veron

    Looks like this is how Sony reacted to new 3DS model. I like this reaction.

    • Better reaction would be more Vita games.

      • Red Veron

        Easier said than done, sadly.

  • O_________________________________________________________________________O whoa dood. THAT. IS. AMAZING. DOOD!

  • Kyosuke Yoshino

    I hope Vita sales will skyrocket now.

  • Kayseur

    If this is true, I hope they market it well. Could do a lot of good for the Vita as Japan seems to cling hard on the PSP.

  • aizen310

    Sony, please! We can’t endure more! Wallet-chan is dying! Just stop already. Sony, what are you doing?! Staaaahp…..

    *translation: FOR GOD’S SAKE, DON’T STOP!*


      only that this time there is 0 impact to your wallet O_O (if you already were a PS+ member)

      • aizen310

        I meant it for the other stuff too. Persona 5, Dragon Quest Heroes, new Touhou, Ys… other stuffs.

        • ROIZENGH

          Oh on that I agree Please take my wallet! Just worried about localization this is all TGS news after all.

    • PreyMantis

      I hope Sony-senpai will notice me.

  • Uh, whoa, that’s actually pretty intense. Good job, Sony Japan.

  • Raymond

    The bad thing is….if you stop paying for PS plus you can’t play those games anymore.

    • Godmars

      $50 a year, the cost of one game, for a library of up to 250 titles.

      As much as I hate what this means in regards to a DDL future, its still a good deal.

      • Raymond

        How many of those 250 psp games would you play tho?

        I know only 10 games of those 250 games i would play and what if people want to download more? Lets not forget the price of the psvita SD cards. (Are they cheaper in japan?)

        • LM009

          People really need to stop quoting the vita cards cost as an issue at this point, it’s been heavily discounted by this point compared to what I paid for it and one can manage with a 16gb(last I saw it was $35 at BB) if not a 8gb mem card(dirt cheap like $15-20). Just delete the titles you are not playing PS plus even backs up the saves on cloud if you decide to play it at a later time. I can see the appeal of putting every digital title you own who doesn’t want that, but mem card are not the problem anymore.

        • Godmars

          So that’s ten games plus additional bonuses, plus further bonuses across two other platforms.

      • Skye Johnson

        You can even get it for $30 during Black Friday.

  • Rafael Monteiro

    You sure about that? Aren’t they just now free to convert? UMD Passport had a cost to convert each game, maybe they’re just free to convert if you’re a PS Plus subscriber

  • kroufonz

    if only the west can also get this treatment

  • crazyhunter

    Final fantasy type 0 lolz

  • kuroneko0509

    You still have to own the UMD version in the first place. So if you don’t have the UMD, no free download.

  • malek86

    Apparently you still gotta own the UMDs.

    Which means you still gotta own a PSP too, I guess.

  • Thats amazing, in the UK we just get crap every month

    • Postnjam

      Last month: Dragon’s crown? What shit is this?! Take Lego game number 1000 you plebians, what, did you think you’d get a game with some of the best artwork and awesome arcade action, pffft.

  • TrueDefault

    Holy cow!! This better comes to EU!

  • Max

    They’re free to convert from UMDs, not actually free for everyone.

    • Go2hell66

      oh that makes sense. all psp games free would have been too OP

  • Nicholas Perry

    Lol, gotta own the UMDs, gotta have playstation plus. I see what you did thar!

    Ugh, you know. It probably wouldn’t be that difficult for sony to develop a mini UMD Drive that connects to the vita via a proprietary cable and allows you rip the UMD to your memory stick (And ties the gamepackage it packs it into , to your system via encryption,keys,etc). If you delete the game, you simply gotta re-do the process with the UMD again.

    Sell it for like 20-40$ i’d buy it. This’d also solve the problem of games that aren’t available digitally.

    • Articuno76

      The wording strikes me as very unclear. It doesn’t sound like you need UMD’s for this to work. Or is there another source that makes this clearer?

  • BinaryMind

    Would be nice if the US had the similar PSP library as Japan. At this point, the only PSP games I still want to play are not in English (and that includes fan translations).

  • artemisthemp

    PS+ in Japan makes the Western version look shit in comparison.

    • that’s because we get shit from PS+

      I only have it because you have to for PS4 now to play online ¬_¬

      • artemisthemp

        Outlast and Contrast was good titles from PS+

        • don’t know I couldn’t really get into it,

          I think the only decent thing I can think of since the PS4 coming out was mercenary kings

    • Hachio

      the japanese ps plus is shit next to north americas. 25 year old games and psp titles are all they really put on there. things are starting to change a bit but japan’s ps plus still has a lot of ground to make up.

      • artemisthemp

        Hatsune Miku Concert vs Powers… I wish EU got something exclusive

  • Ugh, bring some love to the West… :(

    • especially with the crap they keep giving us

    • Land of Green Pasture

      don’t waste your time buddy, let’s move to Japan!

      • Daniel Rossevelt

        …Take me with you.

      • I’m all for it! Let’s go! :D

      • Byron Kerrison II

        CAN I COME TOO?!?!?

    • Everyone hop on the bandwagon!

  • Go2hell66

    that is so damn unfair

  • Christopher C

    that might actually cause vita sales to go up a bit in the west.

    • AuraGuyChris

      And then everyone sells their Vita back once the event ends. Win-win!

      • Is the Vita not that popular? i thought the Vita was selling nice. (Sorry, the only handheld I’ve played is the PSP)

  • Articuno76

    Where where was this story sourced from? Not even a “from someone close to Sony” explanation?

    • Stuart Herrington

      UMD passport was discussed during the TGS Conference this morning.

    • popo123

      Lol it was explained in the pre-tgs confe yesterday.

  • HOLY ****

  • aoihana

    Whoa, that’s an incredible incentive to finally pick up a Vita. It’s a shame this is exclusive to Japan, but hopefully other territories can see this at some point, too.

    At one point I was really interested in a Vita, and almost bought one, too, but I don’t think I’ll be getting one any time soon. I wonder if Nintendo would or can ever do something similar for 3DS owners, where they offer classic DS titles, or something.

    Great news regardless!

  • Raphael Rodriguez

    So people have to pay the Playstation plus service to play their old PSP UMD games? that’s not really for “Free”

    • It’s still cheap.

    • popo123

      Did they mention you had to have bought the psp game to have access to it? It says psplus owners will have access to all 250 games so I guess even if you haven’t bought the game before, you’ll be able to play it on your Vita if you have psplus.

      • Yes, you still need to own the UMDs. They only made the UMD Passport service free for PS+ owners.

    • Red Veron

      You don’t have to pay the fee for the digital copy from what I read. You just need the UMD and a OFW PSP

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    Holy fuck, gonna get a jp plus like NOW

  • syrup

    Any idea how the UMDs are verified? You need to login on a PSP with the UMD or something? New plugin that costs money? I have PS+ Japan but..

    • Red Veron

      You need a PSP with official firmware and have to download an app from the store. You also need a UMD copy of the game you want.

  • Imagine having to add 250 games to your cart just so you can still play them with your plus sub after the end of the year. What a nightmare.

    • Mr_SP

      It’s probably a subscription, where all games are automatically considered free downloads for you. Like Season Passes.

  • Kornelious

    ………….Lucky -_-

  • Red Veron

    Other sources indicate that you need the UMD (and an unhacked PSP with official firmware) to access the games but you don’t have to pay the fee to get the digital versions.

  • Triplicity

    Excessively misleading article title, please update it with the information from the comments, or add a note in the article, or something?

  • Harfianz

    only in japan ._.

  • Yan Zhao

    The west….the west….

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