Remember earlier this year when Sony was talking about shutting down the PlayStation Store for legacy systems like the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, which would prevent players from purchasing games to download for their system? Well, it appears that the fans of those systems won’t have a thing to worry about.
In a statement posted yesterday, Sony confirmed that the virtual storefront will remain open on PS3 and PS Vita, reversing course on its previous announcement that it would be shut down in July. It will, however, still close on PlayStation Portable on July 2nd.
Jim Ryan, president and CEO for Sony Interactive Entertainment, noted that “it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here” when it came to the stores.
“When we initially came to the decision to end purchasing support for PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on. We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations,” he explained. “I’m glad that we can keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR.”
Congrats to the fans – you’ve got what you wanted. Now then…if we can just get a Sony equivalent of the Xbox Game Pass to keep things going…
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