Sony Shutting Down PS Store for PS3, PSP, and PS Vita

Looks like it's time to upgrade.
Looks like it's time to upgrade. Sony

If you’re one of those who still use PlayStation legacy consoles, we’ve got bad news for you. Sony has announced that the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 3 is closing on July 2, 2021. Sony revealed as well that it’s ending the purchase functionality for PlayStation Portable on the same date. Moreover, the store on PS Vita devices is shutting down at a later date on August 27.

However, the announcement may not come as a surprise for some players. That’s because Sony had already ended purchases on the web and mobile store for the consoles mentioned on October 19, 2020.

So what does this latest move mean? For one, players would no longer be able to buy any digital content for PS3, PSP, and PS Vita, including games and video content. In-game purchases are also no longer possible for these three consoles.

Additionally, players won’t be able to redeem their PSN wallet fund vouchers once the purchase functionality for these three devices end. Not to worry though since any amount remaining stays in the PSN account. But they can only be used to buy PS4 and PS5 products.

Now for those who don't have a PS4 or PS5, PS Support advised in a post that they may file for a refund on any funds left in their wallet. Details on how to request a refund are to be revealed at a later date. For those who still want to top up their wallet before the store closes, PS Support recommends only topping up the minimum amount.

These are the remaining features that players can access after the closure:

  • Re-download and play previously purchased game titles.
  • You will still be able to 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.

So, anything you own can still be downloaded and streamed even after the store closes or its purchase functionality ends. Nevertheless, it would be a good idea to have a back-up right now.

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