In an about-face of its previous statement, Sony has announced that the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita will continue operations.
Back in March, rumors emerged that Sony would be closing the PlayStation Store for the three legacy systems. Sony eventually confirmed that this would happen in early April.
Sony’s decision left many players wondering what would happen to the digital content they had purchased on these legacy platforms. While Sony tried to assure players that they would still be able to download their content, many still expressed their misgivings about the decision.
For example, some players were concerned that they would not be able to purchase add-ons DLC for a PS3 game even if they had bought the games in question. In addition, players would no longer be able to redeem gift cards through those devices. All money in their PSN wallet accounts would only be able to buy PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 content.
“It’s clear that we made the wrong decision here,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president Jim Ryan in a post on the PlayStation Blog.
“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.”
Despite the reprieve for the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the storefront for the PlayStation Portable – which dates back to 2004 – will be shut down on July 2, 2021, as originally planned. Prior to this, PSP owners already had limited access to the storefront as the platform has not been supported since 2014.
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