Sony has confirmed that it will permanently close the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PSP stores on the web and console this summer.
This news comes a little carelessly from an update on Sony’s support page. The deprecated service drop-down menu shows that the console and web stores for the three listed platforms will be down this summer.
The PS3 and PSP stores will be closed on July 2, 2021, and the PS Vita stores will be closed on August 27, 2021.
After these dates, you will no longer be able to purchase digital titles or DLC on each platform. Sony said customers can re-download and play previously purchased titles or access them via PlayStation Plus.
Sony also said players can purchase and download PS3, Vita, and PSP cross-buy games available on PS4 and PS5.
When you shut down these stores, Huge Game archivists, or even game developers interested in studying old games to explore design, art, or other features, are struggling.
Games like PSP Metal Gear Acid It has never been officially ported to any other platform. In other words, you can only experience it if you use a physical copy on your PSP (or emulator).
PS3 cult hit Tokyo Jungle You can play PS3 titles on Sony Now, Sony’s game streaming service, but single-player games can only be played or purchased as stand-alone games without an internet connection. (You can import or track a copy of Japanese Best of PlayStation Network vol.1. If you want to own a physical version of that particular title. )