When the PlayStation 3, Vita and PSP PlayStation Store will close and what will still work
Sony officially announced via an email to PlayStation Network members that the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable will close this summer.
The confirmation followed rumors last week that a shutdown was imminent. However, those rumors speculated that even past purchases would no longer be available. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
Other rumors have suggested that this change could be part of future plans for a new approach to backward compatibility for PlayStation games, but that remains to be seen.
According to the email from Sony, several functions of the store fronts will still be functional following the closure. What will cease is the ability to buy new games, so if there are digital titles you still want to add to your collection, you should do that soon.
“After thoughtful consideration, we decided to make these changes 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,” Sony wrote in the email. “We thank you for your support on these platforms throughout the years.”
The functions that will no longer work include the ability to purchase content via in-game menus. This is a new change for the PSP store as well, though that store was closed down otherwise back in 2016.
As for timing, the PS3 store will stop selling new purchases and the PSP’s remaining digital store functionality will end on July 2, 2021. The PS Vita will cease digital sales Aug. 27, 2021.
Additionally, Sony says as of June 28th, 2021, the messaging service on Vita will no longer function.
When it comes to what you will still be able to do, here’s a list of what will still function, as written in the email. We’ve bolded any items that need to be done before the stores begin to shut down.
- You will still be able to download your owned PS3, PS Vita, and PSP content, including games and video content.
- You can download your owned content onto your PS3, PS Vita, or PSP by accessing the Download List on the respective device.
- If you have purchased a PS3/PS Vita cross-buy bundle and have only downloaded either the PS3 or PS Vita version, you will need to download the other version prior to the closure of PlayStation Store on the relevant device.
- Video content that you own can be streamed on PS3, PS4 or PS5 through the My Videos app, or on mobile devices through the PlayStation Video app.
- You will still be able to re-download and play game titles you have claimed through PlayStation Plus as long as you remain a member of the service.
- You will still be able to redeem game and PlayStation Plus vouchers on PS3, PS Vita, and PSP devices once PlayStation Store and purchase functionality for these devices close.
- You will no longer be able to redeem PSN wallet fund vouchers (e.g. gift cards) on PS3, PS Vita, and PSP devices once PlayStation Store and purchase functionality for these devices close.
- Your PSN wallet funds will remain in your PSN account, but you will only be able to use your wallet funds to purchase PS4 and PS5 products on PlayStation Store on the web, PlayStation App, or on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
- You will still be able to purchase cross-buy content through PlayStation Store on the web, PlayStation App, or on PS4 and PS5 consoles and access both the PS4 version and the PS3/PS Vita/PSP versions.
If you want to know more or still have questions, Sony has put together an FAQ here.