It looks like the digital stores for PS3, PSP and Vita will close this year

For years collectors of games have warned against the convenience of digital storefronts. Now it looks like 2021 is going to have a grand reminder of that.

According to a report by The Gamer, citing someone familiar to the situation, July will see a few lights twinkling out of existence as Sony will permanently shut down the PS3 and PSP stores on July 2, with the Vita store following on August 27.

The PSP store has been around for 16 years, with the PS3 and Vita stores being 15 and 10 years of service.

Last year PS3 and Vita games disappeared from the desktop and mobile versions of the PlayStation Store in October, but this change means that you won’t be able to buy digital copies of games or their DLCs via the PlayStation 3, PSP or Vita.

There is no indication of what this will mean for games and DLC purchased before the store closes, but there is word of an official announcement coming at the end of March.

Considering how many games are digital exclusives across PSP, Vita and PS3, this feels like a terrible move. I still have my PSP and my Vita after all this time (RIP both my PS3s) and this feels like a part of those treasures is being eroded.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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