As previously reported just a few days ago, Sony is closing up shop on a few of their “retired” consoles to optimize services for its newest ones.
The company confirmed the news earlier this week, noting that the PlayStation Store would close on July 2nd for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. The PlayStation Vita store will follow closely behind on August 27th.
So what does this mean? Well, let’s break it down for you.
You’ll Still Be Able To Play And Download Games
Just because the PlayStation Store is going away doesn’t mean your console is going to become useless and bricked. Nope, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita will still be able to play games, both digitally and physically. In addition, you’ll still have access to any games that you purchased in the past, through your Download History. That isn’t going away anytime soon, since the games are pretty much yours to keep.
In addition, you can still redeem any sort of game or PlayStation Plus vouchers online through these consoles, so if you purchase any games, you’ll still be able to get them as promised, even if the stores are closed. You can also gain access to any games you claimed previously through PlayStation Plus, before the program switched over to PS4/PS5 titles.
But What Can’t You Do?
First off, you won’t be able to buy any digital games for these platforms once their respective dates pass. That means starting on July 2nd, you won’t be able to get any PS3 games, as well as any PSP or PS Vita games. So if you’ve ever wanted Gradius V digitally for PS3 – which is a huge savings over the physical version – you’ll want to get it now.
You also won’t be able to make any in-game purchases through PS3, PS Vita and PSP titles, even if a game offers it. That’s because they won’t have connectivity to the store. So if you want to download tables for The Pinball Arcade, you may want to do so now before they go away forever. You also won’t be able to redeem any PSN wallet fund vouchers, as that feature will be saved for PS4 and PS5 only.
Finally, the Vita and PS3 messenger services will be going away. So if you’ve got friends, make sure they have a new system to keep in touch with you.
Yeah, this stinks, but the consoles aren’t really as popular as Sony’s latest hardware right now anyway, so it was inevitable. And you still have a few months, so go get those games!
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