Update: PS Vita is now back online and working correctly, meaning you can once again access the PS Store to purchase and download games for the device. You can also transfer software from your PlayStation 3. It took a while to get fixed, but all's well that ends well.
Original Story: It’s flying under the radar due to the age of the console, but PlayStation Vita owners are reporting that the handheld’s PS Store is completely busted right now. In fact, this issue has been ongoing for over 24 hours, meaning fans can’t buy or download previously purchased software for the system. We’ve seen reports on Reddit and ResetEra, and can confirm that we’re also unable to download any titles to our device.
The console’s kicking out a bunch of different errors, but the most common one appears to be NP-2245-3, which states: “Could not connect to the PlayStation Network within the time limit.” Transferring files from the PlayStation 3 also doesn’t work, although intrepid fans have found a workaround in the US, which involves accessing the older version of the web-based PS Store and is working for the time being.
This is obviously concerning news, as Sony recently removed all PS3 and PS Vita games from its web-based storefront, and told fans that they must use the PS Store included with their consoles in order to purchase and download games. Obviously, with that functionality offline for over 24 hours now, it’s impossible to access digital content on the device currently. With new games still releasing, the likelihood is that this is just a bug, but let’s hope it’s resolved promptly.
[source reddit.com, via resetera.com, reddit.com]
Transferring files from PS3 not working is rather curious. Does this require some form of network authentication? Did the PSP handle this differently?
@Vacuumator I think it does pass through the network, yes. PSP is currently all working as intended I believe.
I'm sure it will be sorted soon enough.
Wait, so ALL DLC for PS3 games right now is disappear forever from PS3 store ?? 😲
If only there were some kind of online solution we could use?
I have an E-1000 PSP, so the only way to transfer games onto it is via USB and yes, it was all working fine last time I did that.
In other news relating to older hardware, the PS3 just received a 4.87 firmware update. Go and download that stability improving/jailbreak breaking update right now!
this is absolutely not surprising whatsoever, disgraceful, I only have a PSTV for playing vita games at the moment, I imagine it's a mess, who needs filters in store wit literally thousands of products, I definitely don't, an absolute pile of ****
Another reason for not going all-digital, especially if you're the type who always plays their old games.
Okay, this may just be a glitch which gets resolved, but you have to figure that the store will go away completely at some point, and take all your digital games with it.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi that’s some serious scorn right there
NP-2245-3, which states: “Could not connect to the PlayStation Network within the time limit.”
Sounds like something from Robocop.
@Paranoimia It would be a problem if I didn’t use CFW solely for the use of Micro SD cards instead of memory cards. That way I can just back everything up to a Micro SD. Anyway, I’m annoyed because the Vita port of Ao no Kiseki hasn’t been translated so I’ll have to play the PC version. I have every other one physically on Vita as well. Urgh.
This is partly the reason why I’ve spent the past few years amassing a collection of PS3 games. One day, inevitably, the ability to download purchases will be switched off. Granted, it may not happen for many years, but there is the possibility that an all-digital collection will become obsolete. There are also a fair number of PS3 games that are disc-only.
Having said that, I have all of two physical games for the Vita. I don’t have much of a compulsion to collect for that system for some reason.
@kyleforrester87 it's their stupid loss, literally have been avoiding the store where possible since the update, thankfully ended up with a PS5 that has a disc drive despite wanting the bulgeless version, to have an atrocious store front during black Friday and Christmas is the most idiotic thing conceivable for selling digital games, what on earth are they doing
@get2sammyb Perhaps I'm getting a little jaded, but I'm sure Sony might get round to looking at this. However, their treatment of the Vita in the past and given the runaway success of the PS5, they probably don't care.
"they must use the PS Store included with their consoles in order to purchase and download games". Well, the PSP hasn't had an online store front for years now and the Vita one hasn't been updated in years either. The only options for PSP games were Vita directly or PS3 download to then transfer onto the Vita/PSP - a function they couldn't be bothered to implement on the PS4, meaning that PSP gamers will need to keep a working PS3 on hand for all time!
That new web store is a total disaster.
I agree about the web store, as do many. I don’t even know what I’m looking at anymore, so will just use PSN prices or browse directly on the console.
Despite the early, overwhelming success of the PS5, there do seem to have been a number of missteps on Sony’s part the past few months.
My Vita is hacked so luckily I can get everything I've bought from PKGJ (or whatever it was called). This isn't really surprising considering how lazy Sony is with the Vita store, pretty sure I logged in to see a sale promoted that ended like two years ago once
It's been 48 hours. I tried to download a game on Tuesday. I keep asking playstation on twitter. But no help.
I am amazed that Sony isn't more concerned about these companies they use for outsourcing their stores to. The PS3 and PS4 stores have always been unstable and untidy, crashing regularly. The PS5 store is barely fit for purpose and is missing entire DLC, Movies and Sales sections. The webstore is an awful mess and cannot be used for very much at all. And now the VIta store totally broken (temporarily most likely).
It's really not good enough when these are often the only way to purchase games. I know some within Sony are not happy with the situation, so why does Sony keep allowing these companies to continue when it obviously is losing them revenue?
This does concern me as I was hoping to buy Trails of the Skies 2nd Chapter soon, despite repeatedly waiting for a sale (only been on sale once in like 3 years and I missed it). Moment it returns will buy it straight away.
I’m hoping it’s a small glitch that will get resolved restively quickly - the depressive side of me says , why would you dedicate resource to this when you’ve got people crunching bugs on ps5 maybe after that it will be fixed but by then is it best to ju ignore it ?
I just logged into the store through my PS VITA (physically in Colorado).
And it seems to be the same old crummy interface it's always been. If Sony would every wise up, they would fix the PS Store on all fronts (Vita, PS3, PS4, ...); they could really increase sales and improve the experience, but their latest try feels like a face plant.
Thank fudge my vita collection is 95% physical.
Ahh Vita. The console that makes my WiiU feel like a good value proposition and long term investment.
I have 3 of them in the house. They're next to Virtual Boy now. Excuse me while I mourn.
Sigh. I guess I better go to ebay to get those last few games I wanted.
No digital stuff for me. I almost can get everything physical anyway.
I'm able to download again!
Had to reboot my Vita, but everything seem to be working as expected now.
@Ryu_Niiyama Physical is better anyways.😜
@sanderson72 Actually the native storefront works just fine on the PSP still
The vita community thanks you Somy, all three of us!
@Link41x Really?? I haven't got mine any more but I seem to remember that the store front just told you which website to go to if you went into it and that was from several years ago?
@sanderson72 When starting the PSP store, it just gives you an error and displays nothing. Rest assured it is still there though. All you have to do is use the search bar and everything is still listed on the store, you can even use the shopping cart and the stored credit card info attached to your account.
Great news. I'm cockahoop!
@Flaming_Kaiser they each have their pros and cons.
Will there be any big sales soon? I'm hoping for a last massive spend on it and complete my ps vita collection and call it a day. Every game 90% off pls! Buy! Buy! Buy!
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