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Sony Shutting Down Online Stores for PS3, PS Vita, PSP This Summer

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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It looks like Sony is shutting down its digital storefronts for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP.

In recent reporting by Gamasutra, Sony confirmed that the stores for its legacy consoles – the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP – will be shuttered this summer. The confirmation can be found on the support page under an accordion for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP. It reads,

“We are closing PlayStation™Store on PlayStation®3 consoles on 2nd July 2021 and on PlayStation®Vita devices on 27th August 2021. Additionally, the remaining purchase functionality for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) will also retire on 2nd July 2021.”

You will still be able to re-download and play previously purchased games, video/media content, and redeem game and PS Plus vouchers. Additionally, you’ll still be able to download and play any games you claim through PS Plus, but only as long as you are subscribed to the service.

However, you’ll lose the ability to buy PS3, PS Vita, and PSP digital games and video content. You won’t be able to make in-game purchases (like microtransactions, etc.) through games on those platforms either. Additionally, you won’t be able to redeem PSN wallet vouchers on those devices. It should be said, however, you won’t lose the funds in your wallet. But you can only use those funds on PS4 or PS5 apps and such.

The support page also contains an extensive FAQ on how to redeem games etc. on those platforms once the stores go dark. Apart from the obvious impacts, the closure of these stores means that certain games which weren’t ever ported to other platforms could be lost forever digitally. If you have a physical copy of such games, like Metal Gear Acid on PSP, hold onto it.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.