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.