PlayStation’s PS3 and Vita stores will remain open following a dramatic U-turn.
Sony recently announced plans to close the online stores later this year – but significant backlash from PlayStation fans has forced the gaming giant to reconsider.
“It’s clear that we made the wrong decision here,” said PlayStation boss, Jim Ryan. “So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices.”
However, there’s still one casualty – the PSP store will close, as planned, on July 2.
Sony’s original plans to close the PS3 and Vita stores were met with almost instant disapproval from PlayStation gamers.
One of the biggest concerns – that shutting these stores would cause vast amounts of gaming history to disappear.
As for the PS Vita
Thankfully, it looks as though that might now be avoided.
Jim Ryan added:
“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.”
But while many fans are celebrating being able to download their favourite classic games, others aren’t convinced that this is a long-term solution.
Obviously, the PS3 and Vita stores won’t be around forever.
And while this reprieve buys PS3 and Vita fans some extra time, the closure of the PSP store signals that it’s not a long-term measure.
Considering that both PS3 and Vita systems have a number of digital only exclusives, this could mean that a portion of gaming history vanishes forever. It may not be happening in July, but it will likely come along eventually.
And there doesn’t seem to be an obvious solution.
But for now, PS3 and Vita owners can still get their hands on their favourite games.
Not to mention all those years of PS Plus exclusives you’ve been saving for a rainy day.