Just a few weeks ago, PlayStation announced that the PSP, Vita, and PlayStation 3 digital storefronts would be shut down permanently this summer. After outcry from the community, they have decided to partially reverse course.
Via the PlayStation Blog, Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, announced that while the PSP store would continue to shut down as planned, the Vita and PS3 stores will remain live for the foreseeable future.
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. 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.
This is great to see. We applaud PlayStation for listening to the community and working to keep their older titles alive on the PS3 and Vita platforms into the future.