Sony has backtracked on a controversial move, now stating that they plan to continue to supporting purchasing functionality for the PS Vita and PS3 after previously planning to shut down those stores this summer. However, the PSP will still be closing as planned.
For the past couple of weeks, PlayStation fans have been criticizing Sony for removing the ability to still purchase games for these platforms. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan explained the company understood it was the wrong move.
“Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer,” says Ryan. “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.”
The post goes on to explain that the initial decision was made due to numerous factors, like the challenges supporting and older commerce platform and dedicating resources to newer projects. Ryan says the company now understands its fans still have a soft spot for the hardware, which helped with the reversal.