A couple years ago, we learned Capcom and Sony couldn't get Mega Man Powered Up on the PlayStation Network because of technical difficulties. “There are technical problems that neither we or Sony are able to get around. The game doesn’t run properly when put in digital form. So it’s physical only for the time being (hold onto those UMDs, they’re gonna be valuable)," shared Capcom's Christian Svensson.
In the years to follow, we've seen the arrival of the PlayStation Vita and numerous PSP firmware updates. Given those advancements, is it possible Powered Up might be able to run in proper digital format today? Svensson recently replied to this very question, and his message leaves me a little hopeful:
"Funny you should ask as I just raised this in our digital sales meeting on Monday. I have in my possession, the two rejection letters from SCEE and SCEA about the digital versions of the game Sony made hanging at the title screen on PSP back in some older version of the firmware.
With Vita out and several PSP firmware revisions since then, we're going to reengage with Sony again and see if anything has changed. No promises as it's not in our hands. :/ "
Keep those fingers crossed, friends! If all goes well, we may yet see Powered Up on PSN.
Source: Ask Capcom