Not long ago, PlayStation announced that they were shutting down their PS3, PS Vita and PSP online stores. Now, thankfully, they’ve had a change of heart.
The PS3 and PS Vita will live on, although the PSP is still set for the chopping board. Two out of three ain’t bad?
Not surprisingly, the announcement caused a furious tide of outrage from gamers, which seemed to blindside PlayStation. After all, with no official emulation of the systems affected, many classic games – in particular those that had no physical release – would just cease to be available. If you have any sort of belief that games are an artform then obviously this decision by Sony was problematic.
Anyway, in a welcome outbreak of just good sense, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has posted the following to the PlayStation Blog:
“Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer.
Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. PSP commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned.
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.
I’m glad that we can keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR.
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us – we’re always listening and appreciate the support from our PlayStation community.”
Hopefully they’ll plug the online PS3/Vita portal that they killed a couple of weeks ago back in now – and work on bringing PS3 emulation to the PS5.
Meanwhile, we’re rapt that the Vita will survive to fight another day. Underrated and under supported, it’s a ripping little games machine. Just think, if Sony had made the PS TV a dock for the handheld instead of just another little black box, Nintendo might have had some real competition in the home/portable hybrid market… It isn’t too late, guys!