Sony U-Turns on PS3 and PS Vita Store Closures

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Posted April 21, 2021 by Richard Lee Breslin in Gaming News, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Sony

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Sony has u-turned on closing the PS3 and PS Vita digital stores.  However, the PSP store will still close as planned.

Back in March Sony announced that they will close the PSP, PS3, and PS Vita stores.  While these digital stores aren’t as active as they used to be, their existence makes it easier to access purchased content for players.

On top of that, many indie developers still release games on the PS Vita, so the news back in March essentially threw them under the bus.

Thankfully, however, Sony has decided not to close the digital stores for PS3 and PS Vita, at least for the foreseeable future.  The news was announced on the PlayStation Blog.

Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer. Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here.” Said PlayStation chief Jim Ryan.

Ryan continued: “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.

Sony made the u-turn following fan backlash.

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

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