Sony is officially shutting down its digital stores for the PS 3, PS Vita and PSP in later this year.
The announcement was posted on the PlayStation support page titled “PS3, PS Vita and PSP PlayStation Store closure“ after Sony hinted at it late last year and rumors began swirling last month.
The closure means that starting July 2, you can no longer purchase digital copies of games for the PS3. Sony is also removing the remaining purchase functionality for its PSP on the same day. For PS Vita owners, the store closure occurs on August 27, offering users a little more time to grab some new games. In-game purchases will also stop after the stores are closed.
What won’t change, though, is that you can still re-download and play purchased game titles, access previously purchased video/media content, re-download and play claimed game titles through PlayStation Plus as long as you remain a member of the service. Your PlayStation Network wallet funds will remain in your PSN account, but you will only be able to use them to purchase PS4 and PS5 products.
Sony’s reason for the decision is simply to focus its resources on PS4 and PS5, which, they said, “will enable us to enhance the customer experience even further.”
PS3 was launched in November 2006 and sold more than 80 million units in total. The Vita, released in 2011, rolled out 10 million units all in all. The PSP, which came out in 2004, was a hit with more than 80 million sold during its 10-year lifetime.