Sony has made a U-turn and announced today that they are no longer going to remove the PS3 and PS Vita Stores from their servers.
Sony had announced that they were closing the stores for their legacy consoles that included the PS Vita and PS3 in addition to the PSP, which already had its store closed down.
This would have resulted in users stripping away from the ability to purchase and download new games or grab some of the Vita library games through the digital store. The same was true for the PS3, which was even more surprising since it sold really well compared to the Vita.
Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer, ” said Jim Ryan in a blog post.
“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.”
PSP could refer to the access to PSP games that were available to purchase on the PlayStation Store for the PS Vita and PS3. Some specific PS3 games also had the ability to run at a higher resolution on the PS3.
“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.”
PS Vita was a failure for Sony selling under 15 million estimated units worldwide, while the last official figures for the PS3 put it above 80 million, which has already been surpassed a long time ago by the PS4, which is also the fastest-selling console of all time for Sony and has now sold through a cumulative 110 million units worldwide.