Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation shops for its older consoles–the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Transportable, and PlayStation Vita–will shut later this 12 months. This implies options like shopping for video games will not be doable on these platforms, seemingly signaling the top to their lifecycles although you’ll nonetheless have the ability to obtain the video games you personal.
In response to an FAQ on the official PlayStation website, the PS3 and PSP shops shut down on July 2. The PS Vita retailer, in the meantime, closes up on August 27. Because of the shops shuttering, a number of capabilities will cease working, together with buying digital content material, making in-game purchases, and redeeming present playing cards. Present playing cards redeemed on these platforms will stay within the PSN pockets and may solely be used for PS4 or PS5 content material.
Some capabilities on PS3, PSP, and PS Vita can nonetheless be accessed even in spite of everything three shops shut up. Customers will nonetheless have the ability to redownload beforehand bought video games, entry beforehand bought digital content material, redeem video games and PS Plus vouchers, and redownload free titles from PS Plus so long as a subscription is energetic.
To entry any beforehand downloaded content material, customers can go to the Obtain Checklist on their respective system.
The FAQ on PlayStation’s web site solutions a number of questions on how the closure of the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita shops have an effect on customers. Sony says PlayStation gamers will see no discernible distinction as soon as these shops shut, with the corporate claiming there can be “no influence” on issues like “customers’ present PlayStation Plus membership or PlayStation Now subscription.” Even when customers do not at present have a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, any funds redeemed and cross-buy titles downloaded could be accessed from their PSN account.
This official affirmation comes after reports began circulating earlier this month that Sony was planning to shut up the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Transportable, and PlayStation Vita shops later this 12 months. Sony has additionally silently killed off the old web store that allow PlayStation gamers purchase PS3, PSP, and PS Vita digital video games.