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Sony to shut down PS3, Vita, PSP PlayStation Store

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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.

PlayStation Store to close this summer on PS3, PS Vita and PSP.

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.

If you want to know more or still have questions, Sony has put together an FAQ here.

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