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All Vita Games Will Be Downloadable

Sony appears to have convinced third-parties to go digital.

If you wanted to play Crisis Core on your PSP, you had to pick up the UMD.
If you wanted to play Crisis Core on your PSP, you had to pick up the UMD.

One of the more frustrating aspects of the PSP was (and continues to be) the unfortunately fractured policy on downloadable games. Not every game was available on PlayStation Network--notably, many Square Enix releases.

"It's up to individual third parties to decide if and when to publish their UMD releases on PSN. Most, if not all, are on board, as this is a revenue opportunity for them," said Sony Computer Entertainment America director of network operations Eric Lempel at the time.

At Gamescom today, Sony announced "all" Vita games will be downloadable through PSN, presumably meaning Sony has convinced the holdouts on its last portable to embrace the digital world.

I've asked Sony to confirm whether this really means all Vita games, which would include everything from third-parties. That's a crucial difference. I hear people really like those Final Fantasy games. Right now, I haven't heard back.

For now, it's probably safe to assume it really does mean every Vita game. If that changes, I'll let you know.

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