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This is bad

The PS3, PS Vita, and PlayStation Portable stores aren’t long for this world. According to a source familiar with the situation (verified by TheGamer), the stores are due to be closed down from July. The announcement is planned for the end of this month.

PSP’s and PS3’s stores are to be closed on July 2, while the PS Vita store will stay open until August 27. After those dates, you will no longer be able to purchase digital copies of games or DLC for any of the Sony consoles mentioned above.

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Update 1

Sony has pulled an old web version of the PlayStation Store that let people still buy old games.

Update 2

Update 3

The PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita will not shut down, Sony announced on Monday, reversing a decision that left many players wondering what would happen to their digital content on the legacy platforms.

“It’s clear that we made the wrong decision here,” Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president, said in a post to the PlayStation Blog. Ryan said that PlayStation Store access for the PS3 and PS Vita, launched in 2006 and 2011 respectively will continue.

“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,” Ryan said. “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.”

However, the storefront for the PlayStation Portable (which dates to 2004) will be closed down, on July 2, 2021, as originally planned. Already PSP owners had very limited access to the storefront (on a platform that has not been supported since 2014.)

When Sony confirmed the closure at the end of March, PS3 and PS Vita owners were concerned about their digital collections, despite Sony’s assurances that all previously purchased content could still be downloaded for those platforms. But if they hadn’t purchased add-on DLC for a PS3 game, for example, they no longer could do so even if they still had and enjoyed the main game.

Players no longer could have redeemed gift cards through those devices, and all money in their PSN wallet accounts would only be available to buy PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 content.


Last edited by dx11332sega - on 19 April 2021

Cute and honest Sega Saturn fan, also noone should buy Sega grrrr, Sega for life.

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Looks like people will have to buy classic games if they really want to play games on their consoles legally just right now, there's alternative but tsk pffff, they disagreed with me. :(

Last edited by QUAKECore89 - on 22 March 2021

The end of an era. I'm feeling so sad right now, as I enjoyed the 360 PS3 Wii gen so much.

Thank you for posting. There are a bunch of games on the PSN store that I need to get around to acquiring.

God Jim Ryan is an ass. Another reason the digital future sucks shit.

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

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Guess my copy of Suikoden II is going to be worth even more now. -_-

Even though my PS3 is in my closet, and I may never crack it out again I don't like this one bit. I have a lot of downloaded games that are not available on the ps4/5, games like Chrono Trigger/Cross, Suikoden 1/2, Vagrant Story, Tales of Symphonia, older Final Fantasy games etc.

That's why a full digital future should never happen.

While this seems likely, Sony hasn't confirmed it. I'm waiting for their announcement.

Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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BraLoD said:

That's why a full digital future should never happen.

It will. Companies like EA and Activision really wants it. They always get what they want. We gamers can only beg for mercy for a bit longer.