Report: Sony to Close Online Stores for PS3, PSP, VitaHeath AndrewsNERDBOT

As technology ever marches onwards, we often have to say goodbye to things of the past. Apparently that time is about to come for three of Sony’s consoles and their online stores.

Following an allegedly reliable but yet unconfirmed report from TheGamer, Sony’s online stores for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PS Vita will be shutting down in only a few months time.

On March 22nd, tech and video game website TheGamer reported through an unnamed but verified source, that Sony will be making an announcement later this month about the closing of several of their online marketplaces. The company will allegedly be announcing that as of July 2nd, 2021, the PS3 and PSP online marketplaces will be taken down, followed by the PS Vita’s on August 27th.

Hints of this coming happened back in October of 2020 when Sony redesigned their online store via access through the official website. The restructuring added PlayStation 5 content while simultaneously removing games for the PS3, PSP, and Vita. The only way to access digital sales for the consoles at that point was through the actual respective consoles themselves. Prior to this, back in March of 2019, Sony stopped providing monthly free games for the PS3 and Vita through their PlayStation Plus service. This latest announcement seems to be the ultimate ending point to further digital content, leaving the only way to obtain further games being through physical media.

What does this mean for content previously purchased? As of yet, we don’t know. The report doesn’t mention whether or not you’ll still be able to redownload previously purchased titles or if other online functionality such as multiplayer will be affected. Theoretically, if it’s just the store itself that’s shutting down, you may still be able to reacquire past purchases. When Nintendo ended all online functionality for the Wii and DS, that obviously cut off the ability to redownload anything. As for Sony, we’ll just have to wait for official word.

While it’s hard to say that this news is surprising after two subsequent console generations, it’s none the less sad, discouraging, and a bit frightening in its own right. There are thousands of games available between the three consoles, with not all of them having physical releases that you can just pop into a disc drive.

If Sony makes an official announcement, we’ll be sure to provide an update.

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