Sony Corp. this week said it does not plan to release a UMD reader peripheral for the Playstation Vita handheld.

The company said this week in an FAQ that it does not have current plans to release a UMD peripheral to offer backwards compatibility to the PSP.

Instead, users must repurchase PSP titles from the Playstation Store in order to play them on the PS Vita.

The PSP UMD (Universal Media Disc), a proprietary optical disc format developed by Sony in 2004, initially gained traction as a multipurpose media format by game and content companies. Lackluster demand for content titles lead to the format’s demise as a television and movie format.

The PS Vita utilizes solid-state flash memory game cards, a more reliable format than the UMD, which required a spinning disc drive mechanism inside the PSP hardware.

Sony will sell game storage flash cards at up to 32GB in size to allow owners to purchase and store media content.

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