Back in March, news started to emerge that Sony had decided to close down the PlayStation Store on the PS3 and PS Vita. Our very own Garth wrote about it, and his words echo very well what seemed to be the general consensus from many fans:
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… and this feels like a part of those treasures is being eroded.A sad Wookiee
Well, it seems this time, Sony has heard their fans. In a post on their blog yesterday, President and CEO of SIE Jim Ryan revealed that the decision to close the digital storefronts later in the year had been reversed:
Upon further reflection… it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. PSP commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned.Jim Ryan
Of course, this does not mean that this decision will never be re-evalutated. And deep down all of us know that this is the danger with the almost unstoppable movement to a (mostly) digital future. However, for now, we’re happy that Sony has changed their minds and thankfully we’ll all still have access to all those great games – many of which we can’t really play anywhere else.