Looks Like PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita Won’t Be Closing After All

Some good news.
Some good news. Sony

If you’re one of those who still play on PlayStation 3 or PS Vita, here’s some good news for you. It appears PlayStation Store for these devices won’t be closing anytime soon.

It was back in late March this year when Sony revealed that the PS3 and PS Vita store was shutting down on July 2. This was seen by many as the next step after, in October 2020, Sony ended purchases on the web and mobile store for these devices.

So what happened? Why the about-face? According to Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan, they have been looking into that particular decision and realized that they “made the wrong decision.”

Ryan continued that the decision to end purchasing support was a result of different factors like commerce support challenges when it comes to older devices. He added that they also wanted to put more resources on the newer devices, which is what many PS gamers are using today.

Still, that didn't stop them from listening to community feedback. This showed Ryan how passionate everyone is when it comes to buying classic games for either PS3 or PS Vita. Even with this feature back, he assured gamers that they’ll continue to develop and release new game worlds for newer devices.

PSP Still on the Way Out

While the news is indeed positive for owners of PS3 and PS Vita, the same can’t be said for PSP gamers. Ryan confirmed that the retirement of the commerce functionality for PSP is happening as planned on July 2.

That means digital content for PSP is no longer available for purchase, including in-game purchases. However, there are still some features that players can access:

  • Re-download and play previously purchased game titles.
  • Players can still access previously purchased video/media content.
  • Redeem game and PS Plus vouchers.
  • Re-download and play claimed game titles through PS Plus as long as the player remains a member of the service.

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