Disappointing, but not too big of a deal.
For starters, much of the PSP's library isn't even available on PSN. So that ensures a large swath of the library was going to be unavailable even for consideration for inclusion on this discount program.
Secondly, the publisher had to actually sign up to participate in this program. That takes care of most of the library that is available on PSN.
Third, the few publishers that did enroll decided on the discount. It's my understanding that beyond Sony, the discounts the Japanese got were rather marginal at best with the 3rd party publishers charging prices not far from the standard download MSRP.
Lastly, it seems plausable to assume that many of those that have an interest in PSP downloads on the Vita already had taken an interest in them on the PSP. Thanks to the Go (Which had PS3 controller support, an attractive selling point if you wanted to use tv/out), I know I already own much of what I'd be interested in when it comes to downloadable PSP software.
Beyond wanting a downloadable version of Activision Hits: Remixed (The Vita's controls look like they will suit this compilation better than any PSP did and I had no urge to play this on the Go when I could just fire up the PS2 version to play on my tv), I can't think of a UMD game in my collection that I haven't either already bought the downloadable version of or would be interested in upgrading to the downloadable version.
The program was going to be of such limited utility (Only a very small percentage of the library would've been available, the discounts were mostly minor, and how many people would've taken advantage of this for more than a game or two?) that its loss barely even registers.
akator, on Wed Feb 8, 2012 1:22 PM, said:
Sony announced a UMD-to-PSN upgrade with the PSP Go, then pulled it from the US just before the Go was available. No doubt it was one reason (out of many) why the Go was stillborn.
So... because SCEA pulled one of these announce-it-then-not-for-US moves with the Go, it shouldn't be that surprising that they did it again with the Vita.
They never announced anything for the Go and no territory got a transfer program. All they said was that they were considering a way for UMD owners to get their game on the Go. It never went beyond that.
Edited by Atariboy, Wed Feb 8, 2012 2:23 PM.