Sony reverts decision to close Vita and PS3 stores

After massive outrage, Sony has decided to backtrack on its previous announcement that it will be closing the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 stores on July 2nd, 2021. The older generation hardware has limited use, given that they are 15 years old at this point. However, they still have a loyal customer base that would’ve been cut off from buying ‘new’ games.

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Sony will still close the PSP (PlayStation Portable) store on July 2nd. You’ll still be able to download games you have already purchased, but no more new purchases can be made on the store from the date.

According to Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO, the company may have jumped the gun. “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,” he said in a blog post.

A major reason for the backlash is that its impossible to play PS3 games on the newer PS4 or PS5, rendering the games (that people spent money on) practically lost. Customers wouldn’t be able to get most of these games elsewhere.

According to several developer, the decision came as a complete surprise. Several developers are still making games for Vita, and after the announcement of the closure of the store they were rushing to finish the game or abandoned the project altogether.

Many fans want Sony to bring the PS1 – PS3 and PSP/PS Vita to the newest console through emulators. They can then move all the games across and it could be preserved indefinitely. It could even allow Sony to make more money from new sales for older games.

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