Via the UMD Passport Program it will possible to purchase downloadable versions of your UMD games for PS Vita at a discounted price of between £4 and £12, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has announced.

You'll need to download a UMD Registration Application from the PS Store to your PSP. Once loaded insert the UMD you wish to register, then follow the instructions to register the UMD game with your PSN account. The game will then be made available to download at the discounted price shown.

However, UMD Passport supports only around 200 games from 40 publishers - if your game isn't on the list then you won't be able to get a downloadable version.

PSP games on PS Vita will feature a digital manual and the option to toggle bilinear filtering and change settings for the right analogue stick. Existing game saves will also be transferable.

Supported software - via NeoGAF

  • Guilty Gear Judgment (Arc System Works) 500 yen
  • Carnage Heart Exa (Artdink) 500 yen
  • Pachipara Slot: Pachislot Super Sea Story in Okinawa (Irem) 1000 yen
  • Akiba's Trip (Acquire) 1000 yen
  • Last Promise Story (Image Epoch) 1000 yen
  • Persona 3 Portable (Atlus) 1500 yen
  • Metal Slug Complete (SNK Playmore) 500 yen
  • Higurashi Daybreak Portable Me, Mega Edition (Create) 500 yen
  • Atelier Viorate: Alchemist of Gramnad 2 (Gust) 1000 yen
  • Shutokou Battle (Genki) 1000 yen
  • Dynasty Warriors (Koei-Tecmo) 500 yen
  • Dead or Alive Paradise (Koei-Tecmo) 1000 yen
  • Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (Codemasters) 1000 yen
  • Ever17: the out of infinity (Cyberfront) 500 yen
  • Nanatama: Chronicle of Dungeon Maker (Gae) 500 yen
  • Ginsei Shogi Portable (Silver Star Japan) 1000 yen
  • Kuru-kuru Chameleon (Starfish SD) 500 yen
  • Hot Shots Golf Portable 2 (Sony) 500 yen
  • Patapon 3 (Sony) 1000 yen
  • Gran Turismo PSP (Sony) 1000 yen
  • Nano Diver (Takara-Tomy) 1000 yen
  • Princess Days Portable (Takuyo) 740 yen
  • Secret Room Sacrifice (D3 Publisher) 1000 yen
  • Promise This Blue Sky: Paradise in Hand (TGR) 100 yen
  • Everybody Read: Masterpiece & Mystery & Horror & Literature (Dorasu) 500 yen
  • Disgaea 2 Portable (NIS) 500 yen
  • Phantom Kingdom Portable (NIS) 1000 yen
  • Tsuyokisu 2 Semester Portable (Netrevo) 500 yen
  • Pachislot Simulator, Secret Treasure Edition: Sealed Goddess Portable (Paon) 2400 yen
  • The Convenience Store Portable (Hamster) 1000 yen
  • Unchain Blaze Rex (FuRyu) 1050 yen
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Battle Orchestra Portable (Broccoli) 1000 yen
  • Kanon (Prototype) 1000 yen
  • I Conquer the Path I Believe In (From Software) TBA
  • Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl (Marvelous AQL) 500 yen
  • Maikomi Best: Mahjong Champion Portable: Mahjong Club Battle (My Navi) 530 yen
  • Memories Off (5pb.) 500 yen
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Ubisoft) 1000 yen
  • Tenshin Ranman: Happy-Go-Lucky!! (Russel) 1000 yen

It's not clear what happens to the UMD once the digital version has been bought and downloaded, but presumably Sony won't be able to prevent the game from being sold on.

Expect a similar service to launch in time for the PS Vita's UK launch in February.

Via Andriasang