Sony has officially confirmed it will be backtracking its decision to close the PlayStation Stores associated with the PS3 and PS Vita consoles. The PSP online storefront will still close on 2nd July 2021, but the ensuing closure no longer affects the PS3 and PS Vita. Confirmed in a PlayStation Blog post, Jim Ryan said: "Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer. 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."
He continues: "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." Jim Ryan says that Sony recognised the passion its fans possess for purchasing classic titles on PS3 and PS Vita and is pleased the company was able to find a solution and continue to offer that content to consumers.
"I’m glad that we can keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us – we’re always listening and appreciate the support from our PlayStation community."