Sony Nixing Vita's UMD Support: The Best And Worst Decision
Wait a second, you never cracked the shrink wrap on Jeanne d'Arc? Guess what? That came out in 2007.
A few prospective Vita owners have a new bone to pick with Sony. The Japanese company originally flirted with the idea of letting North American PSP users transfer their UMD games to the sexy new handheld.
Now the idea's gone, crushed with a short but sweet update on popular gaming blog, Kotaku.
It's just one more thorn in the side of dedicated Sony fans. Critics, meanwhile, will take to the Internet and blast the publisher for this shocking omission.
Well, perhaps. As usual, there's a glass half full/half empty approach to the situation that we explained below. Let us know which side of the proverbial fence you sit on.
By Jove, nixing UMD transfer support makes sense, because...
This whole backwards compatibility thing is overblown. It's akin to hoarding. People want to know they can fire up their favorite PSP games, but will never do it, largely because they'll be too busy enjoying the latest Vita titles.
And really, if they haven't finished God of War: Ghost of Sparta by now, guess what? You already know the answer.
Bottom line, PSP had a good run, and it's worth so little that "gamer X" might as well hang onto it.
Not only that, but players can re-download games they originally purchased on PSN. Some cost too much, but again, who cares about Pursuit Force when Uncharted: Golden Abyss is on the shelf? Let it go.
Hang on, you filthy animal. Nixing UMD transfer support is the worst, because...
It's another kick in the pants to loyal Sony fans that held onto those tiny discs in the hope of transferring them to Vita for a small fee, instead of downloading more expensive digital copies. These folks could have parted ways with their collections, either on auction websites for some cash or at retailers for store credit, good towards the purchase of PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network cards, Vita systems and/or games.
Now, the PSP games have dropped in value, and they're stuck with near worthless titles they can only enjoy on PSP, but who wants to carry two handhelds at the same time? Vita is big enough.