Feb 23, 2012

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Sony Says Not Enough Demand For UMD Passport Service in U.S., Europe

Sony Says Not Enough Demand For UMD Passport Service in U.S., Europe

Sony, who just released the Playstation Vita, has explained that the UMD Passport service will n0t be available in the United States or in Europe due to a lack of demand for the program. The service, however, was launched in Japan last year and will still continue. In response to the cancellation of the UMD Passport service in the Western countries, SCE’s head of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida said,

“There is a much larger demand for PSP games[in Japan].When you look at the release schedule of new titles there are still lots of PSP games being released in Japan and being announced for release.Lots of people who are interested in trying Vita are also interested in playing PSP games that they might purchase before Vita comes out, and will not necessarily choose the digital version. So there is a lot more demand… to introduce a program like that.”

He went on to note that  PSP games are sold via the PSN store for U.S. and European users at “really reasonable” prices, hinting to the idea that the UMD service is not needed for those regions.

“There are many, many games that are sold at an affordable price. Because people in Japan are not getting the digital copy for free, because it costs us money to develop and maintain the system so we are asking people to pay somewhere between $5 and $10 to receive the digital copy in addition to what they have on the UMD. When you compare that to the price of games here, PSP games in Japan are sold at a much higher price, so people see the value in spending the $5 to $10 to get the digital copy. But when the games are already sold at a lower price in the U.S. we see less value in introducing that kind of system.”

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[Source: Gamasutra]