A report revealed Monday mentioned the PlayStation Retailer for Sony’s PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Transportable will shut for good in July and August, making digital copies of video games for these platforms unavailable for buy from then on.
TheGamer, citing unnamed sources accustomed to the matter, mentioned the PS3 and PSP shops will shut on July 2, and the PS Vita’s storefront will shut down Aug. 27. Polygon reached out to Sony representatives for added data; no reply was made at publication time.
Vita and PS3-only video games are, for now, accessible solely by means of the PlayStation Retailer app on each models. These platforms will not be searchable from the PlayStation Retailer’s web site and haven’t been out there there since a (not well-liked) redesign in October.
Sony phased out the PS3 over a number of areas between 2015 and 2016 earlier than formally discontinuing the console in Could 2017. The PlayStation Vita, which launched within the winter of 2011-2012, was shut down in March 2019.
The closure of the PlayStation Retailer presents extra of a difficulty for PS Vita customers, contemplating what number of of that platform’s notable video games have been indie-developed and bought on-line. Direct backward compatibility with PlayStation 3 from PlayStation 4 and 5 will not be out there (in the way in which many Xbox 360 and earlier video games are supported on Xbox One and Xbox Collection X). However PS4 ports of some PS3 video games can be found (as separate merchandise), and nonetheless different PS3 (and PS2) video games are streamable to fashionable consoles from the PlayStation Now subscription service.