PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed that the corporate is not going to shut the PS3 and PS Vita digital storefronts in any case. This comes a couple of weeks after Sony had introduced its preliminary plans to close the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP storefronts this coming summer season. After widespread criticism on-line, that call has been reversed.
In a put up on the PlayStation Blog, Ryan goes on to say that it is clear the unsuitable choice was initially made.
After we initially got here to the choice to finish buying assist for PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of plenty of elements, together with commerce assist challenges for older gadgets and the flexibility for us to focus extra of our assets on newer gadgets the place a majority of our players are enjoying on. We see now that lots of you’re extremely enthusiastic about with the ability to proceed buying basic video games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I am glad we have been capable of finding an answer to proceed operations.
Although the PS3 and PS Vita shops will stay open, the PSP storefront remains to be anticipated to shut on July 2, 2021. Ryan says that he is glad to maintain these items of historical past alive for players as they proceed to ship new titles on PS4 and PS5.
This can be a great move by Sony for game preservation, which had beforehand been criticized for its backwards stance on the topic. It has been so tough to buy a PS5 recently that lots of people are nonetheless enjoying their older consoles and handhelds. For video games that solely launched digitally, closing these storefronts would have successfully pulled them off the market.