Playstation Store closes on Ps3, PsP and PsVita: here’s all you need to know
Playstation Store closes on Ps3, PsP and PsVita. Support for Sony’s online store will end on 2nd of July for Ps3 and PsP consoles, while on PsVita the date to be marked on the calendar is August 27. Sony has published guidelines dedicated to the owners of these platforms, explaining how to download the titles purchased digitally.
The functions that will remain on the PS3 Playstation Store
Despite the closure of the stores, some features will continue to be available to users playing on the affected platforms. In the first place you will still be able to download previously purchased games and multimedia content, also, with a subscription Playstation Plus active, it will be possible to download the titles obtained through this service for the entire duration of the subscription. Finally, the possibility of redeeming Playstation Plus codes will remain unchanged.
Features that will no longer be available
The services that can no longer be accessed are related to the purchase of digital content for PS3, PS Vita and PSP, including games and video content. Likewise It will no longer be possible to make in-game purchases on these consoles. Finally, it will no longer be possible to redeem codes relating to PSN wallet funds. If there are any leftovers in the virtual bank, they will remain associated with the account and can be used to purchase PS4 and PS5 products on the Playstation Store from the Web, from the Playstation App or from the PS4 and PS5 consoles.
In any case, if you do not own a Playstation 4 or Playstation 5 system or simply do not intend to use the funds to purchase content on these two platforms, Sony has confirmed on the official website the possibility of request a refund.
Playstation Store closes on Ps3, PsP and PsVita but this it will not affect any current Playstation Plus or Playstation Now subscriptionsFurthermore, it will still be possible to purchase Cross-Buy content through the Playstation Store from the web, from the Playstation App or from the PS4 and PS5 consoles, and access the versions for PS4 and for PS3 / PS Vita / PSP.
Update July 2, 2021
Sony seems to have backtracked regarding the closure of stores on Ps3 and PsVita, while he confirmed his decision on PsP’s online store. The first portable PlayStation will therefore no longer be able to access the store, definitive proof of how much Sony now considers this device obsolete.
According to what was reported by the editorial staff of Kotaku, the Japanese giant would have found a solution to guarantee PsP users to still have access to the games, which they will be available for purchase through the Ps3 and PsVita store. This is undoubtedly a compromise, which limits some PsP functions, but it is still an acceptable solution if we take into consideration the seniority of the console.