Report: PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP Stores Being Permanently Closed Soon

Sony closing major digital stores

By Grayshadow, Posted 22 Mar 2021

Digital purchases, while convenient, have a major downside. If the digital store that sells the product goes offline you lose access to the digital item. Nintendo gamers are very familiar with this as the company often closes down their eShops more frequently than any other publisher but now Sony is doing the same. With a report from TheGamer stating that PS3, PS Vita, and PSP stores are being closed down.

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The report stated:

PSP’s and PS3’s stores are to be closed on July 2, while the PS Vita store will stay open until August 27. After those dates, you will no longer be able to purchase digital copies of games or DLC for any of the Sony consoles mentioned above.

This means even though you purchased the item you can no longer download it. Anything you purchased from these stores must be downloaded before the close-off date.

This isn't new as many large publishers have closed older marketplaces to modernize. However, the huge problem is preserving titles that available anywhere else. Publishers often refuse to release games on digital stores and when they do these items can be pulled off due to stores closing down or licensing issues. For example, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was a beloved title on the PSP but was never re-released on the Sony digital store outside the PSP. So unless you have a physical copy or download the game before the store goes dark the game will be added to the same list as Echo Night. Other titles include Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions, and Spider-Man Edge of Time which cannot be purchased digitally because of the license running out.

The problem of preserving games and having reliable access has become so problematic that piracy sites have become more reliable in preserving playable versions of lost video games.

Adam Siddiqui,
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