PlayStation Store: Shops for PS3, PS Vita and PSP will soon be offline

PlayStation Store: Shops for PS3, PS Vita and PSP will soon be offline

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According to recent reports, the PlayStation Store for PS3, PS Vita and PSP will go offline shortly. The announcement should be made by Sony later this month. With the end it would no longer be possible to buy digital games and DLCs for the respective platforms.

So if there is a title that you absolutely wanted to have, you will have to purchase it in the coming months. Purchased content can still be downloaded. According to The Gamer's sources, the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PSP will go offline on July 2nd, 2021. The PS Vita shop will probably only be open until August 27, 2021. This meant that the PlayStation Store was available for the last handheld from Sony for a comparatively short time. The PS Vita was released in Europe in February 2012. This means that the store has only been online for nine years.

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Source: The Gamer

PlayStation Is Reportedly Shutting Down PS3, PSP, & Vita Digital Stores in Next Few Months

According to a report from TheGamer, Sony is reportedly going to shudder the digital storefronts on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita systems in the next coming months. The stores for PlayStation 3 and PSP will close on July 2, while the Vita store will still stay open until Aug. 27. Although Sony hasn’t made the official announcement yet, it is reportedly being planned for the end of this month.

After the respective PlayStation stores close down, players will no longer be able to purchase digital copies of games or any DLC on the consoles and handhelds. Back in October last year, Sony removed the ability to purchase PS3 and Vita games, apps, themes, and avatars from its online web store. However, people were still able to purchase PS3 and Vita content through their respective PSN stores. It looks like that will no longer be the case soon.

This is incredibly disappointing given that PlayStation has a rich catalogue of games spanning all the way from the first PlayStation console. This move to reportedly shut down its existing digital storefronts is in stark comparison to how Microsoft and Xbox handle their legacy content. With Xbox Series X | S, hundreds of games across four generations of Xbox will carry over with gamers.