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Sony retracts decision to shut PS Store for PS3, Vita, will still shut it for PSP

Sony has decided against its earlier announcement of shutting off the PS Store access for PS3 and PS Vita. The new move comes in response to the feedback received from the PS community upon the earlier announcement.

twitter-logoSarthak Dogra | April 20, 2021 | Updated 12:01 IST
Sony PlayStation 3 (Image: Nikita Kostrykin/ Unsplash)

Highlights

  • Sony has confirmed a continued PS Store access for PS 3 and PS Vita.
  • It admitted that the earlier decision to end the access was wrong.
  • It acknowledged that many players still want to play classic titles on the dated consoles.

Sony recently announced its decision to shut down the PlayStation Store access for PS3 and PS Vita devices. Upon further reflection, the company has now decided against the move and will continue supporting the two devices.

In an earlier notification to players of PS3 and PS Vita users, Sony said that their access to the PlayStation Store would come to an end this summer. Sony now admits that the decision was wrong and that shutting off the access to the PS store would mean killing a part of Sony PlayStation's history.

In a new blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO- Jim Ryan announced the reversal of the decision. "I'm happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices," he wrote. The PlayStation Store support for PSP however, will still come to an end on July 2, 2021, as planned.

In the blog, Ryan explained the factors that led to the decision earlier. Among the many challenges faced in keeping the support for the old devices alive, the company wanted to redirect its resources to the newer platforms, that is PlayStation 4 and the newly launched PlayStation 5.

The decision was met with an uproar among the Sony PS community as many who are still on the platforms wanted continued access to games and did not necessarily want to upgrade to the newer models. Many of these are the players of classic game titles that are more suited to the older PS consoles.

Noticing the feedback from the community, Sony decided to retract the decision. "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," Ryan stated. The company was ultimately "able to find a solution" to continue the PS Store support for the consoles.

Ryan wrote that in continuing the PS Store access to the PS3 and the PS Vita, the company will "keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy." Simultaneously, it will work to bring cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR.

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