With the launch of new consoles, it is normal for systems from past generations to gradually lose support. There are few cases where consoles retain their digital environments, including their stores, many years after the end of their active life cycle.
Everything indicates that, before the arrival of PlayStation 5 and the passage of time, Sony already has plans to discontinue and close the digital stores of several of its consoles. According to a recent report from The Gamer, the company will stop supporting the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PSP stores .
Before continuing, it is necessary to clarify that Sony has not confirmed this move; However, sources say that it is a matter of a short time for the company to make the official announcement.
PS3, PS VITA AND PSP STORES WOULD HAVE THEIR DAYS NUMBERED
According to the details, Sony is preparing an announcement related to digital services for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PSP later this month. Various sources assure that the company will announce the permanent closure of the stores of these consoles.
If the information is accurate, the PlayStation 3 and PSP stores would close on July 2 of this year. For its part, the PlayStation Vita store would remain open for a few more weeks, as it would close on August 27.
With the closure of digital stores, players will no longer be able to purchase games or new DLC on their accounts for any of the aforementioned consoles. As we mentioned, Sony has not confirmed the information, so for now it is a rumor.
Despite the above, it is important not to completely rule out an imminent closure of the stores, as they have been active for years. Other companies such as Nintendo have chosen to close the eShop for consoles such as Wii U and 3DS in several countries, so it would not be unusual for Sony to opt for something similar.
If the stores are closed, surely Sony already has a defined plan to allow users to download the content already available in their accounts. However, this creates uncertainty due to the huge variety of titles that are available on the PlayStation Store for these consoles.
Remember that PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PSP games no longer appear in the new PlayStation Store . Thus, everything indicates that Sony is now preparing the final closure of the stores of its last consoles.
For now, there are no clues as to whether Sony will offer any alternative to acquire some of the content of the stores or if it will focus squarely on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. We will keep you informed about it.