According to Kotaku, Sony won’t be reciprocating the Japanese UMD Passport program for the PS Vita here in North America. For those out of the loop, the program allows for players to register their PSP UMDs through the PlayStation Network Sony Entertainment Network and redownload them to their Vitas for a small fee.
The PSP Go shared the same problem, with no way to get your old games onto the system without buying them again from the PlayStation Store. Sony looked at this failed business model and thought, “Hey, let’s do that again!”
But hey, at least they waited all the way up to a week before launch to spring the news on people.