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Sony Confirms Shutting Down PS3, PS Vita & PSP Stores
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:
Unfortunately, here’s what you won’t be able to do anymore soon:
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.