After quietly shuttering the final option gamers had to access the PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP web stores yesterday, Sony has subsequently confirmed their plans to shut down those platforms’ stores altogether. The news follows weeks of speculation and rumors, but Sony has now fully detailed what to expect on their official site, giving players a first look at some of the inevitable downsides of digital libraries.
The PS3 and PSP store will both close July 2 of this year, with the Vita store shutting down nearly two months later on August 27. Again, though you can get a lengthy and comprehensive explanation in the link above, here’s the answers to the most common questions regarding the closures:
- You will still be able to download and access all purchased content, including games, video, and other media.
- You will be able to continue redeeming vouchers for games and PlayStation Plus.
- You will be able to download previously obtained PlayStation Plus games so long as you remain subscribed.
- You will not be able to purchase any games, video, or media.
- You will not be able to make in-game purchases.
- You will not be able to redeem PlayStation gift cards, add money to your wallet, or use the funds in your wallet unless accessed via PS4 or PS5.
Sony’s decision to close the online stores for these platforms is a controversial move that is gaining a lot of negative reactions from fans. Additionally, many expect the move will incentivize piracy and emulation in the months and years following the shut downs as older games become increasingly difficult to obtain legally.
If you want to score some games on the PS3, Vita, or PSP, you’ll want to act fast. Here’s to hoping Sony will begin embracing backwards compatibility more strongly in the future before hundreds and hundreds of games become lost to time.