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Sony To Keep PlayStation Store For PS3 and Vita Open

After much outcry from fans, Sony has announced that they will be keeping PlayStation Store running for the Playstation 3 and Vita after all.

Last month, Sony announced that they would be shutting down the PlayStation Store, an online store where players can purchase digital games, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita systems respectfully this summer with the PS3 and PSP ending services on July 2nd, 2021 and August 27, 2021, for the Vita

As of March 19th, 2021, Sony reversed that decision for PS3 and PS Vita systems after an outstanding amount of feedback from fans.

Sony, however, will still shut down the PSN store for the PSP in the summer as intended.

Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, took to a post on Playstation.Blog to explain the reversal as well as the reason behind the original decision

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. 

PS3/PS Vita owners and game preservationists (as well as their wallets) can rest easier, knowing that they have more time to play all the wonderful games the PSN Store has to offer on those systems.

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