Sony has confirmed that it will keep the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita PlayStation Stores open for the foreseeable future in an epic backflip where Jim Ryan admits they got it wrong. The PSP PlayStation Store will still close on July 2nd.
In a blog post on the PlayStation Store, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan confirmed the news, saying that the stores were originally set to close due to a number of factors including commerce support challenges for older devices and being able to focus on newer devices that the majority of gamers are playing on.
The full blog post reads:
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.
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.
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.
This is great news, and obviously a no brainer in terms of what should have happened. VITA MEANS LIFE.