In a major U-turn following last weeks announcement, Sony has now decided that the PS3 and PS Vita store will NOT be closing this July. However the PSP Store will still close on 2nd July 2021 as planned.
In a post to the PlayStation Blog, Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, acknowledged that the ‘wrong decision’ had been made and that both storefronts will remain open for the foreseeable future.
Ryan also acknowledged the passion Sony fans have for the older generations of consoles and its games by adding:
‘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.
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.’
The reversal comes a week after the announcement caused severe backlash from fans (Including from the well-known Gaming Podcast Jambags) and developers, some of which had no warning that this move was coming and were still working on games for the PS Vita right up until the announcement.
It’s unknown at this point whether the PS3 and PS Vita stores will close in the foreseeable future, but for now, some of Sony’s heritage is still accessible to all.
Will you be purchasing from the PS3 and PS Vita storefronts? Are you going to go on a spending spree in the PSP storefront? Let us know in the comments below!
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