It’s the end of an era for some Sony legacy consoles, as PlayStation officially confirms that the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita version of the PS Store will close starting this July — ending nearly 15 years of support for those past generation systems.
Here’s the announcement from the official PlayStation site, as well as answering questions for players wondering what will happen to the games and digital items they purchased in the past.
We are closing PlayStation™Store on PlayStation®3 consoles on 2nd July 2021 and on PlayStation®Vita devices on 27th August 2021. Additionally, the remaining purchase functionality for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) will also retire on 2nd July 2021.
What features can I use after the closure of PlayStation™Store and purchase functionality on PS3, PS Vita and PSP devices?
Features you will still be able to access:
- You will still be able to re-download and play previously purchased game titles.
- You will still be able to access previously purchased video/media content.
- You will still be able to redeem game and PlayStation®Plus vouchers.
- You will still be able to re-download and play claimed game titles through PlayStation®Plus as long as you remain a member of the service.
Features you will lose access to:
You will no longer be able to purchase PS3, PS Vita and PSP digital content, including games and video content.
You will no longer be able to make in-game purchases through games on PS3, PS Vita and PSP.
You will no longer be able to redeem PSN wallet fund vouchers (e.g. gift cards) on PS3, PS Vita or PSP devices once PlayStation™Store and purchase functionality for these devices close. Your PSN wallet funds will remain in your PSN account, but you will only be able to use your wallet funds to purchase PS4 and PS5 products on PlayStation™Store on the web, PlayStation®App or on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
Earlier, Sony shut down a browser version of the PS Store still selling PS3, PSP, and PS Vita games — which was probably paving the way for this announcement.