Sony’s answer to the PlayStation Vita’s lack of backwards compatibility with PSP games the UMD Passport Program, will not be available in North America, according to a statement to Kotaku.
Already available in Japan since last December, the UMD Passport program allows users to download their library of UMDs after scanning them in the slot of a PSP – for a price determined by the publisher – onto the Vita.
Without it, North American Vita owners have no way to play their UMDs on the Vita. Games downloaded digitally through PSN will be playable however.
The announcement comes just less than two weeks before the U.S. launch of the Vita on February 22.