Sony Offers 250 Free PSP Games to PS Plus subscribers in Japan

PS Vita owners with a PS Plus subscription given access to extensive library of older games.

Update: While PlayStation plus members in Japan will have access to a large library of PSP games, there is one important caveat: they'll also need to have owned them on UMD. The offer below is an extension of the UMD passport program (which never came to the West, meaning this deal probably won't either), which allowed players to transfer over their PSP games to Vita for a small charge.

The original story appears below.

PlayStation Plus subscribers in Japan will be granted free access to some 250 PSP games for the PS Vita handheld, Sony has announced.

The offer, which runs from September 17 until the end of the year, gives PS Plus subscribers unlimited access to an extensive library of digital PSP games such as Gran Turismo and LocoRoco.

Currently, the PS Vita can access an entire library of PSP games within the PS Store, each of which can be downloaded at a cost. The new PS Plus offer means that many of these games can be downloaded for free, and kept for as long as the PS Plus subscription lasts.

Sony announced the new offer during its pre-TGS press conference on Monday, where it also revealed that developer Atlus is developing Persona 5 for PS4.

It is unclear whether the free PSP games offer will be extended to the US or Europe. Gamespot has contacted Sony for clarification.

Also unclear is which games will be offered for free. The Japanese PSP catalogue on the PS Store consists of more than 370 games, meaning that about two thirds will be available.

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rolla020980
rolla020980

This actually made me want a Vita... until I read "In Japan".

Aero_Slasher
Aero_Slasher

Leave out two words from the preview on other sites to increase clicks. Clever, but shameful.

krishna_malladi
krishna_malladi

Its funny how the heading needed just two more words "in Japan" but was left out for people to come in and rant about how it is not available here and some such...


Anyways, it sucks that it is not available here (there, I said it too. Is anyone keeping the count?)

ExoticCharm
ExoticCharm

The DS must really be stomping the Vita.

grognard66
grognard66

Thanks for nothing, Sony.  Why not the rest of the world?

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

its things like this that should come to the west if Sony wants the Vita to be successful. The problem with the Vita and PSP was that there is not 'real' games for it. As in developers making unique games. 90% of games where / are just ports or so so games which are ports in a nutshell. More love needs to happen for the Vita and i just dont see that yet. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

The article is wrong, which is kinda sad, this would have been epic.

The real news is that Persona 5 comes to the PS4 :D How great is that? :D

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Just to repeat myself. THE GAMES ARE NOT FREE. The article is wrong. You need to own the PSP UMDs of the games, then you can transfer them for free to your Vita.

blackace
blackace

When is US PSPlus members getting this deal?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

As per usual, Sony is playing the quantity over quality game.

Defender1978
Defender1978

I didn't know there were that many games on the PSP.  That would be nice it I didn't trade my Vita for a PS4.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@ExoticCharm  Wha?!?  I didn't even realize those two were competing for the same market.  The DS family is for portable gaming.  The Vita is for remote play in your own house, right?

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Asus4000 we get it, you're a big Chicago Bulls fan. Or a 7-Eleven fan? Or a peat farmer.

msbaustx
msbaustx

@TERMINATOR-SSD I just picked up a Vita yesterday and I am loving it so far. There does need to be a much larger variety of big name games for it and not just console ports. It seems to be as capable of the same level of quality as the PS3 though. Uncharted on the Vita is amazing. I would even be happy if they started releasing some PS3 titles on it because I didn't get a chance to play a lot of those. But they do need to figure out the software production issue. There is a lot more RPGs for it than I though, which is fine. I would like more of everything though.

msbaustx
msbaustx

@daikkenaurora12 FOR JAPAN! Doesn't do crap for us over here. This should have been a world wide launch. I would have jumped on this and if they do this in the west, there will be a much bigger incentive for people to upgrade to a Vita from their PSP. That is why the 3DS did so well. Its backlog is huge because it plays DS games as well. Add in the Virtual Console titles and tons of really good Indie games for it and you have tons of content. The Vita has some games and a lot of them are great, but it just needs more of a variety to get more people to buy it for it's current price point here in the west.

msbaustx
msbaustx

@Sl4cka So all I have to do is go to gamestop and buy a crap ton of UMD games long enough to get them transferred to play on my Vita and then return the UMD games within the 7 day used trial period that Gamestop offers and get my money back? That sounds like free PSP games to me.

theflabbergast
theflabbergast

@Sevenizz What I see is that PSP has a better lineup than XBO at the moment. That plus PS1, PSV games makes the Vita SO much more interesting to me at the moment. I'm might buy an XBO and PS4 at some point but defending these consoles when their lineup is so ridiculous seems preposterous to me compared to what Vita (and DS) has to offer, be it "old" games or not as I've yet to play many of these gems.
So yes, I'm interested in this offer and I sure hope it comes to EU.

allever
allever

@Sevenizz  You still have and always will have an inferior POS Xbox One :P

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@StickyJr1 Remote Play is a joke.  Mostly only useful when the SO wants to monopolize the TV.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@msbaustx dont get me wrong its a impressive beast. But developers just need to make more big names on the device or Sony needs to support the device more for developers.


There was a time when i thought the Vita could be integrated into a PS4 controller which gave you a Wii U style of control for games. So the screen would display your inventory, weapons, items, maps etc etc. things like that.


But for me, there isn't much to offer right now that says 'I need one to play that' etc. Im tempted to get the Vita TV once it comes to the UK tho. 

Stebsis
Stebsis

@allever @Sevenizz It's always nice to see that both sides have idi0ts... I don't really get why you even need to pick a side and then insult others, it's a f**king game console

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Because there was 250+ quality games on the PSP?

No.

allever
allever

@Stebsis That's the thing.  Both consoles have their pros and their cons.  Enjoy the console you like.  

Sevenizz is a hardcore MS fanboy... so it's just funny messing with his insecurities.

allever
allever

@Sevenizz a million times, right.

Don't you feel ridiculous when you limit yourself to one console (specially an inferior one!)?  Teehee.

xbonemeh
xbonemeh

The PSVita has sold more than the xb0ne, feel free to do your research before typing sh1t.

blackace
blackace

@allever I own all consoles and a powerful PC. Don't you feel ridiculous making dumb statements?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Not really. I have three Sony consoles that remained dormant throughout their respected generations.

So far, I play my Xbox One quite a lot. I don't miss the little red light in my entertainment center.

ExoticCharm
ExoticCharm

@xbonemeh A system that's been out for several years more than another system sold more.  Go figure.

msbaustx
msbaustx

@xbonemeh UM it better dammit. It has been out a lot longer than the XB1! Vita came out in 2011! XB1 end of last year. Vita has had 2 COMPLETE years more on the market. Feel free to do your research before you type sh1t

blackace
blackace

@xbonemeh The PSVita has been out longer then the XB1 and is out in every country. Every DS hardware releaesd has outsold the PSVita.

parabol69
parabol69

@xbonemeh And the 3DS blows the Vita out of the water.  Your point?  How long has the Vita been out, and how much does it cost?  Fool.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Lol Japan - they play crappy JRPGs. They aren't really 'gamers'.

allever
allever

@blackace @allever Not at all.  I wasn't replying to you?  But I obviously hurt your feelings.  My bad.  Suck on a pacifier so you can get better!

nc_andrewip
nc_andrewip

@Sevenizz This is the most ignorant thing I've read so far, and this is Gamespot which is surprising. What's not surprising is your comment in addition to your avatar.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@Sevenizz 

Lol Americans - they play crappy shooters. They aren't really 'gamers'

see what i did there?

parabol69
parabol69

@MJ-X When you ASSume you make an @SSSSSS out of u....

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

*Canadian. And yes, I am a gamer. Most of what I play has a goal that doesn't include taking 4 steps and a random, boring, monotonous battle begins that has nothing to do with hand/eye co-ordination.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@parabol69 @MJ-X I fail to see the point of that comment but if it was to take a jab at me i don't see your reason to. Was basically making a point and not ridiculing American gamers. After all, all genres have their following or they wouldn't still exist in the market which was my point in that post.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@Sevenizz Fair enough if you don't like that mechanic that's a personal preference though not all RPGs have that mechanic so to condemn a successful genre played by millions worldwide is quite premature. I bet you have played a lot of RPGs before and didn't even know it since you are so quick to bash it without even knowing the genre in question.

Way to have a go at Japanese gamers that have a lot more taste in games than consuming endless sequels with rushed out content of running and gunning.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Isn't final fantasy on number 15 or 16 or something? Not including the sub-sequels?

MJ-X
MJ-X

@Sevenizz 

I fail to see your point, basically you condemned the entire gamers of a genre in japan based on a single series by a specific company

Just sounds like you are one of those that say "if they don't like what i like then they aren't fit to be in the same category as me" which makes you sound like a sn0b.

While FPS games aren't my thing, i wouldn't brush it's fan base as non gamers.

I can easily stay here all day and reply to you even though i know you are well known to troll every single article that comes out but i would rather not as there are games i would prefer to play in my free time than sit here and comment.

On another note Titanfall 10/10 and Bioshock 1/10? really?