Last month rumors broke, then it was made official. Sony had decided they were closing the PSP, PS3, AND PS Vita digital stores.
Fans, including myself, were outraged. Even developers, who were working on games for the PS Vita, had no clue until it was made official by Sony that they digital storefronts were closing.
Now, on April 20th, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, took to the Official PlayStation Blog to let it be known that they’re reversing their decision. The PS3 and PS Vita stores will continue to live. The PSP store will go fully online this July 2nd though.
Jim’s official statement:
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 fantastic news for us Gamers who still enjoy gaming across the PlayStation ecosystem. Thank you to everyone who made their passion be known! This is great news for the PlayStation Nation.