• Alberto Mezzalira

Sony turn around their decision on closing the PS3 and Vita stores

Something completely unexpected has happened at Sony. The company has done a complete turnaround on their decision on closing the PS Store on PS3 and PS Vita at the 2nd of July 2021. This decision wasn’t appreciated by the community and many protests were risen in the past weeks. This occurred because there is still a huge portion of PS3 users who still love to play last gen games on the original console and downloading them is the easiest way to access them.

“Upon further reflection, however, 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.”

About the previous decision of closing the stores, the company states that it “was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on.”

This move can also be explained considering the threat that Xbox Game Pass is representing; Microsoft’s service already includes all the previous-gen games for the OG Xbox and Xbox 360, this means that their whole catalogue is always available and ready to be played. However, On Sony’s side this doesn’t happen as old games can be played only through remasters, remakes or on PlayStation Now where only a select few are available; this would have meant losing not only a lot of classic games but also a huge part of users who still love to play those games.

So what do you guys think of this? It's clearly a good move by Sony to keep the fans happy. You can view the original post here.