Sony has confirmed that it will be shutting down the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PSP on July 2, 2021, and the PSN Store for the Vita on August 27, 2021. This is according to an email sent out to PlayStation customers, including IGN staffers.According to a PlayStation Support blog, customers will still be able to re-download and play previously purchased games and video, and still redeem games and PlayStation Plus vouchers.

However, new PS3, Vita, and PSP purchases will cease, and players can no longer make in-game purchases or redeem PSN wallet funds on PS3, Vita, or PSP once the stores close.

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In an email sent to PlayStation customers, the company says it’s closing the respective PlayStation stores “in an effort to focus our resources for PlayStation Store on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, which will enable us to enhance the customer experience even further. We thank you for your support on these platforms throughout the years.”

Owned content will be accessible through the Download List on respective devices; but given the new deadlines, if anyone wants a game for the PS3, Vita, or PSP that they do not currently own then players will need to purchase those titles before the July and August shutdown dates.

News of Sony’s impending store closures for PS3, Vita, and PSP were reported earlier this month by TheGamer, but Sony has remained tight-lipped on the situation. The news was met with dismay from video game preservation advocates after knowing many legacy games from the PS1 and PSP era will no longer be available after a certain date.

There are many digital-only PlayStation games that now effectively have an expiration date. So if anyone wants to play some PlayStation 1 Classics, now’s the time to get them on some legacy PlayStation consoles.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.



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