Just a while after the announcement of the closure of the PlayStation store for consoles such as the PS3 and Vita, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced an alteration in plans. Apparently, the PS3 and Vita PlayStation Store have been very valuable to fans, which made Sony change its perspective on it and keep them open. From the initial announcement, only the PSP commerce functionality will retire completely on July 2, 2021.
Sony admitted the wrong move, which was naturally going to hurt thousands of consumers, which is among the main reasons why the PlayStation Store won’t meet closure. The original statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO, Jim Ryan, goes as followed:
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.
While everyone believed that Sony would stick to its decision, Sony has made a turnaround. Those with older consoles will have the ability to enjoy acquiring and playing video games still until the consoles’ last breath. It’s still unknown if Sony would remove old generations or not, but after this move, it feels like the odds lean in favor of the fans.
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