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Sony reverses decision to close PS3 and Vita game stores this summer

2021-04-20 17:22 by
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PlayStation has dramatically U-turned on its decision to shut down the PlayStation 3 and Vita digital stores, following fan criticism. Users will continue to be able to purchase digital games on PS3 and PS Vita, but the PSP store will still close as planned on July 2.

When Sony announced the impending closure of both storefronts in late March, it was met with criticism from fans who saw it as Sony dismissing older game libraries. More specifically, it was viewed by some as the latest example that PlayStation leadership doesn't respect its own history.

"Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer," Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan said. "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."

According to Ryan, the idea behind shutting down the PS3 and PS Vita PlayStation Stores was so that it could focus its resources on newer devices like PS4 and its recently released PlayStation 5 console. However, the reaction to the announcement showed Sony that its fans are "incredibly passionate" about being able to purchase classic games on the PS3 and PS Vita, and so it has found a solution to continue operations for those storefronts.

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