Report: Sony shutting down PS3, PS Vita, and PSP PlayStation Stores – Polygon1 min read

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A report published Monday stated the PlayStation Store for Sonys PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Portable will close for great in July and August, making digital copies of games for those platforms not available for purchase from then on.
TheGamer, pointing out unnamed sources acquainted with the matter, said the PS3 and PSP stores will close on July 2, and the PS Vitas store will close down Aug. 27. Polygon connected to Sony agents for additional info; no reply was made at publication time.
Vita and PS3-only video games are, in the meantime, accessible just through the PlayStation Store app on both units. Those platforms are not searchable from the PlayStation Stores website and havent been readily available there considering that a (not well-liked) redesign in October.
Sony phased out the PS3 over numerous regions between 2015 and 2016 prior to officially discontinuing the console in May 2017. The PlayStation Vita, which introduced in the winter of 2011-2012, was closed down in March 2019.
The closure of the PlayStation Store provides more of a problem for PS Vita users, considering the number of that platforms notable games were indie-developed and offered online. Direct backward compatibility with PlayStation 3 from PlayStation 4 and 5 is not readily available (in the method numerous Xbox 360 and earlier video games are supported on Xbox One and Xbox Series X). However PS4 ports of some PS3 video games are offered (as different products), and still other PS3 (and PS2) video games are streamable to modern consoles from the PlayStation Now subscription service.

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