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PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita No Longer Shutting Down

PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita No Longer Shutting Down - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 5 days ago / 1,834 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment last month confirmed the rumors that the company will shut down the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 3 on July 2 and PlayStation Vita on August 27. The remaining purchase functionality for the PSP will also shut down on July 2. 

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has provided an update on the PlayStation Blog. PlayStation has reversed course and will no longer be shutting down the PlayStation Store on the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita this summer. However, PSP commerce functionality will still shut down on July 2.

"Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer," said Ryan.

"Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. PSP commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned. 

PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita No Longer Shutting Down

"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."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Bristow9091 (on 19 April 2021)

Well that's good to hear, there's still a few games I want on both consoles before I retire them for good lol

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ice (on 19 April 2021)

Good move

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No_Name_Needed (on 19 April 2021)

Wow, surprising move. Now how about backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on PS5. That would be some great news.

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Wman1996 No_Name_Needed (on 19 April 2021)

That would be awesome.

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No_Name_Needed Wman1996 (on 19 April 2021)

Yes it would be. I won't get my hopes too high, but a man dream right?

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holzi (on 19 April 2021)

A couple developers already scrapped their PS Vita games. And now they get the info that they didn't need to scrap their games and could actually still release them? They definitely need to work on their communication both internal and external.

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Tridrakious holzi (on 19 April 2021)

Unless those devs deleted everything, they can still pick it back up to release it.

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holzi Tridrakious (on 20 April 2021)

Yes, but it's not like those people have been working on nothing since then and can now just continue working. Those people have most likely already been shifted to other projects. Just carelessly making decisions is not something you want the plattformholder you are developing for see doing. This hurts their relationships and pushes smaller developers into the hands of others.

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DonFerrari holzi (on 20 April 2021)

It wasn't careless decision. It is just that vocal people complained a lot so Sony put a hold on the decision. And it have been like 2 weeks. For devs that were so upset to not have enough time to finish making their games if now they complain about having more time then they are just complaining for the sake of complaining.

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DonFerrari (on 19 April 2021)

Seems like they listened to the customers, now lets see if these customers will really use the store as much as they say.

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eva01beserk DonFerrari (on 19 April 2021)
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LudicrousSpeed DonFerrari (on 19 April 2021)

Man y’all can’t even take some good news in stride without making it about console warz. Sad

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 19 April 2021)

I like a ceo that only talks when he needs to talk , company makes a mistake - company gets feedback - company undo the mistake - CEO tells the costumers - everyone is happy

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Instead of a ceo saying shit all the time to make only fanboys happy and never delivering.

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KratosLives (on 21 April 2021)

Probably a stunt, just like how microsoft was going to raise the prices of xbox live and quickly changed minds.

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Darwinianevolution (on 20 April 2021)

Good move. The costs of keeping those stores up are probably better than the loss of consumer confidence in the long run. Who'd buy the PS5 Digital-Only model if they see things like this happening? This is why you invest in physical games as much as possible.

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Giggity_goo (on 19 April 2021)

the PS5 should be powerful enough to emulate the PS3. they are now running fine on PC so im sure a dedicated team that knows what they are doing can get them running great on PS5

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FloatingWaffles (on 19 April 2021)

oh shit, I was desperately trying to get another PS3 in time before the store closed to buy the remaining games I wanted. Glad they listened and it's a good move, but I really hope this means they'll listen and give us form of proper BC as well so we don't have to worry about this again

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LudicrousSpeed (on 19 April 2021)

The right move. It’s way too soon to shut down PS3 servers.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 20 April 2021)

It was just a rumor so there's that...

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mutantsushi (on 20 April 2021)

Sony trying to get in on Volkswagen's mistimed April 1 day jokes...

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Dante9 (on 20 April 2021)

Nice. Now make preparations early on, so that in the year 2567 when these people are ready to move on to the PS4, there won't be similar problems.

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Tridrakious (on 19 April 2021)

This is great news to read. One of the first times that I'm happy to hear from Jim Ryan.

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Mr Puggsly (on 19 April 2021)

Good news, I plan on getting some PSP and Vita content.

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