Report: Sony shutting down PS3, PS Vita, and PSP PlayStation Stores

A report released Monday stated the PlayStation Shop for Sony’s PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Portable will close for excellent in July and August, making digital copies of video games for those platforms not available for buy from then on.

TheGamer, pointing out unnamed sources familiar with the matter, stated the PS3 and PSP shops will close on July 2, and the PS Vita’s shop will close down Aug. 27. Polygon connected to Sony agents for extra info; no reply was made at publication time.

Vita and PS3-only video games are, in the meantime, available just through the PlayStation Shop app on both systems. Those platforms are not searchable from the PlayStation Shop’s site and haven’t been offered there considering that a (not favored) redesign in October.

Sony phased out the PS3 over a number of areas in between 2015 and 2016 prior to officially terminating the console in Might 2017. The PlayStation Vita, which introduced in the winter season of 2011-2012, was closed down in March 2019.

The closure of the PlayStation Shop provides more of a concern for PS Vita users, thinking about the number of of that platform’s noteworthy video games were indie-developed and offered online. Direct backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 from PlayStation 4 and 5 is not offered (in the method numerous Xbox 360 and earlier video games are supported on Xbox One and Xbox Series X). However PS4 ports of some PS3 video games are offered (as different items), and still other PS3 (and PS2) video games are streamable to contemporary consoles from the PlayStation Now membership service.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.