Sony reversed its decision to this summer. You will be able to purchase games through the digital storefront of these consoles for the foreseeable future. However, the company will close the PSP store on July 2. After this date, you will still be able to download any PSP games that you have already purchased.
Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan wrote that after further reflection on the planned PS3 and Vita store closures, “it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we’re going to keep the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. “
Ryan said Sony initially made the call for a number of reasons, including being able to focus more on the platforms most of its users currently play games on, such as PlayStation 4 and PS5. He also cited the “challenges of supporting trade” for older systems.
“We now see that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations,” added Ryan.
The decision to close the PlayStation Store on PS3 and Vita has been greeted by many fans. Many PS3 or Vita games cannot be played on PS4 or PS5 unless they are on PlayStation Now or have been re-released on PS4. This led to concerns that many games would no longer be available for sale if the stores were removed. Sony’s decision too to the developers of Vita, who had to rush to finish the games to release them before the store closed or abandon the projects altogether.
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