Last week, reports claimed that Sony would be closing down the PlayStation 3 (PS3, PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) stores later this year. Today, Sony has officially confirmed that it’s all true in a new notice on their website.
According to Sony, the PS3 and PSP stores will be closed down on 2 July 2021, while the PlayStation Vita store will shut down on 27 August 2021.
However, while players on those platforms will no longer be able to buy games or DLC from those stores, it’s important to note that they can still re-download previously-purchased content (and games redeemed through PlayStation Plus).
For your convenience, here’s what you can still do even after those stores have been shut down:
- You will still be able to re-download and play previously purchased game titles.
- You will still be able to access previously purchased video/media content.
- You will still be able to redeem game and PlayStation Plus vouchers.
- You will still be able to re-download and play claimed game titles through PlayStation Plus as long as you remain a member of the service.
Unfortunately, here’s what you won’t be able to do anymore soon:
- You will no longer be able to purchase PS3, PS Vita and PSP digital content, including games and video content.
- You will no longer be able to make in-game purchases through games on PS3, PS Vita and PSP.
- You will no longer be able to redeem PSN wallet fund vouchers (e.g. gift cards) on PS3, PS Vita or PSP devices once PlayStation Store and purchase functionality for these devices close.
- Your PSN wallet funds will remain in your PSN account, but you will only be able to use your wallet funds to purchase PS4 and PS5 products on PlayStation Store on the web, PlayStation App or on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
To access your owned games on the PS3, PS Vita and PSP after their store closures, you can do so by heading to the Download List on the respective device.
The death of these digital stores will definitely increase the fear for those already afraid of adopting and relying on digital storefronts for games. The digital-only titles that were previously exclusive to those consoles might soon be gone forever, with the only options being going physical or emulation.