Sony backtracks on PS3, PS Vita store closure

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Sony backtracks on PS3, PS Vita store closure

Image from Sony.

Image from Sony

While the PS3 and PS Vita storefronts will remain, Sony confirms the July 2 closure of the PSP digital store

Sony announced on Monday, April 19, it had reversed course on a decision it made in late March to close the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PS Vita storefronts.

Originally, Sony said it had planned to close the digital storefronts of the PS3 and PS Vita by August 27.

In a statement on the PlayStation blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan said the company had “made the wrong decision here.”

“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.”

Ryan added, “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.”

While this is the case for the PS3 and PS Vita storefronts, Sony also confirmed it was continuing with the closure of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) storefront on July 2. –

Victor Barreiro Jr.

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