More Details On PSP Games On Vita

Sony PSP PS Vita News

After Sony announced the UMD Passport program, more details on how PSP games work on the Playstation Vita has been revealed. Several options will be available, as well as transferring save data from the PSP Memory Stick to the Vita.

First off, I’ll discuss the options that will appear on the game’s icon within the LiveArea, which is the user interface for the Playstation Vita. Yes, they will have their own LiveArea icon for easy selection. At this stage, an icon for a digital manual will also appear, if the game will include one. For what it will look like, check out the image below:

There will also be an option screen. In this option screen, the player will make some adjustments that the PSP never had. For example, this is where the player activates the right analogue stick for use, most likely for camera control. If one remembers, there were calls for the PSP to have a second analogue stick and games such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, while a great game, would have benefited from the right stick. Other options include retaining the PSP look and, if the camera’s can be used, whether the front or rear camera would be used. Below is a screenshot of that option screen:

Also, if you were worried about those PSP saves going to waste, them you can sigh in relief. Sony will allow your PSP game saves to transfer to the Vita via a PS3 or PC. It will have its own program to handle it called the Content Management Assistant for PlayStation. For PC users, it will be available at playstation.jp at a unspecified later date. For the PS3, expect it during a firmware update. For those who like pictures, here is how the save data is transferred (via PS3):

It seems like Sony is thinking about their PSP fanbase. They have a solution for their UMD games, a way for transferring their save data and using some of the features the Vita sports that the PSP didn’t, like the right analogue stick. I, for one, is very happy at what is being offered for my PSP library. Should we expect such things for the West? Of course.

Josh is the name, writing is my game... well my degree will say that. But, when uni gets me down (and it does), there is no better way that to grab a chair, sit back and slicing up some Darkspawn I started my gaming interest back in the good old 16 bit era with the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I was roughly five years old. To this day I still try to fire up the dusty companion and speed through the wacky and bright levels, jumping on some Badniks, collecting those damn Chaos Emeralds. Then I moved onto Sony's disk based console the Playstation (thanks to my uncle). Since then I have picked up each of Sony's consoles from the 5th to current generation that has been released in Australia (with more to come). In terms of writing about games, I am quite new to the field. I started out late last year with my own blog before deciding to move to greener pastures. I have written a few reviews for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable. Features as well. I hope I can flex my muscles while writing with Capsule Computers. If I'm not gaming, however, I'm writing narratives. I am currently trying to kickstart a high fantasy novel (which, hopefully, turns into a complex RPG) that I want done in five years or so. My passion of writing has been there for a long time and has flourished as I grew. I'm into the fantasy genre, both games and novels, and thoroughly enjoy a deep and complex RPG, whether it comes from the East or West. Oh and anime is awesome!

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