Following a storm of complaints ranging from the loss of legacy titles to the inability to download crucial game patches, Sony has opted to reverse course from its original decision of closing its PlayStation 3 and PS Vita stores and to keep them open indefinitely instead. The U-turn was confirmed by Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan today, who published a post on the official PlayStation Blog admitting that it was the “wrong decision” not to keep the stores open and allow PS3 and PS Vita fans to continue purchasing games for the aging but relatively popular platforms. PlayStation Portable’s store, however, will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned.
PS Store Update: Players will be able to continue to purchase games on PS3 and PS Vita: https://t.co/hLTznJeiML pic.twitter.com/5Idy1Modcb— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 19, 2021
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.