PS3 and PS Vita stores will remain operational as Sony reverses decision on closure

Sony has announced that it is reversing its decision to close the PlayStation Store on PS3 and PS Vita, though the PSP store will stop functioning on July 21st. The original closure announcement was made three weeks ago, with the intention to close the PS3 store on July 2nd and the PS Vita store on August 27th. Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, took to the PS Blog to comment on the reversal.

“Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer.

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Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. PSP commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned.

When we initially came to the decision to end purchasing support for PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on. We see now 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.

I’m glad that we can keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR.

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us – we’re always listening and appreciate the support from our PlayStation community.”

Of course, this could be a stay of execution for now. The PS3 and Vita stores will continue to operate but Sony will continue to monitor its viability. Sony may not close the stores this year, but the situation could easily change in the next few years. However, for now, the store is still open for business.

Source: PS Blog

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2 Comments

  1. The right decision at the end of the day, but this is a stay of execution. Sony need a better policy for preserving their gaming legacy. One of the most ridiculous things from all of this was that, outside of streaming via PS Now, you would no longer have been able to buy Metal Gear Solid 1, MGS HD Collection and Metal Gear Solid 4 on a PlayStation console. Yes, a lot of that is on Konami, but it’s daft as anything that these games are not readily available and playable on PS4 or PS5, while MGS HD Collection is on Xbox via BC.

  2. Excellent news..! It’s very good to hear Sony reversed that decision.

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