It’s official! Sony has just announced that it will end PlayStation Store activities on the PS3 and PSP on July 2, 2021. Besides, the store on PS Vita also had an ultimatum but will receive support for a longer time: until August 27, 2021.
Despite the end of PS Store services on the platforms mentioned above, it will still be possible to access some resources. Check it out below:
What features can I use after the PlayStation Store closes and purchase features on PS3, PS Vita, and PSP devices?
Features you can still access:
- You can still download and play previously purchased game titles.
- Access previously purchased video/media content.
- Redeem game vouchers and PS Plus.
- You will still be able to re-download and play claimed game titles through PS Plus, as long as you remain a member of the service.
Features you’ll lose access to:
- You will no longer be able to purchase digital content for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP, including games and video content.
- Players will not be able to make in-game purchases through games on PS3, PS Vita, and PSP.
- You will no longer be able to redeem PSN wallet fund vouchers (for example, gift cards) on PS3, PS Vita or PSP devices once the PS Store and purchase functionality for those devices get closed. The funds in your PSN wallet will remain in your PSN account. However, you will only be able to use the funds in your wallet to purchase PS4 and PS5 products on the PS Store on the web, PS App, or on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
Sony also closed the only wat to access PS3, PSP, PS Vita’s PS Store via Web Browser
Today (29) Sony also decreed the end of the PS Store (via web browser) of PS1, PS2, PS3, PS Vita, and PSP. A specific URL still allowed players to access the old Sony store and buy games for the old consoles. However, the link has been disabled and now redirects to the new PlayStation Store. The most current iteration of the PlayStation Store has only PS4 and PS5 games. Full details are on the official PlayStation website.
In addition to the aforementioned PS3, PS Vita, and PSP games, the company will also remove movies and shows from the PS4 PS Store in the coming months.
The PS3 users probably are feeling betrayed at this point. But the console already has more than 15 years, and Sony probably needs to save the money it has been expending to keep the console’s store alive. The situation is worse for the PS Vita, which wasn’t so old as the PS3. The console was the company’s last attempt in the market of portable consoles but ended as a complete failure.
PlayStation 4 players will still have plenty of time to enjoy the PS Store. However, we know that the day of 2014’s console will eventually come.