Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation stores for its older consoles–the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita–will close up later this year. This means features such as purchasing games will no longer be possible on those platforms, likely signaling the official end to their lifecycles.
According to an FAQ on the official PlayStation website, the PS3 and PSP stores shut down on July 2. The PS Vita store, meanwhile, closes up on August 27. As a result of the stores shuttering, several functions will stop working, including purchasing digital content, making in-game purchases, and redeeming gift cards. Gift cards redeemed on those platforms will remain in the PSN wallet and can only be used for PS4 or PS5 content.
Some functions on PS3, PSP, and PS Vita can still be accessed even after all three stores close up. Users will still be able to redownload previously purchased games, access previously purchased digital content, redeem games and PS Plus vouchers, and redownload free titles from PS Plus as long as a subscription is active.
To access any previously downloaded content, users can go to the Download List on their respective device.
The FAQ on PlayStation’s website answers several questions about how the closure of the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita stores affects users. The answer is negligible. PlayStation players will see no discernible difference once these stores close, with the company saying there will be “no impact” on things like “users’ existing PlayStation Plus membership or PlayStation Now subscription.” Even if users don’t currently have a PS4 or PS5, any funds redeemed and cross-buy titles downloaded can be accessed from their PSN account.
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