“Made the Wrong Decision”- Sony Rolls Back Its Plans to Shutdown PlayStation 3 and PS VIta

Published 04/20/2021, 1:31 PM EDT


PlayStation made a rather shocking announcement of shutting online down stores for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP. The studio revealed this news with a blog post, saying that the upcoming summer season will mark their retirement. Naturally, this news attracted a lot of criticism from the users, who were unsure about the future of their devices.

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The studio clarified that players will not able to purchase new titles, but they will still have access to PS plus and purchased games. However, the studio has now announced that it is going to roll back its plans to shut down the store for PS3 and PS Vita.

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Sony admits its mistake to discontinue support for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita

In a recent blog post, Sony realized that the community still shares a strong passion for classic titles. The studio clarified that commercial reasons compelled them to retire PS3 and PS Vita. However, recent events and the community’s out-pour has caused a serious change of heart. Sony’s President and CEO, Jim Ryan, admitted that the studio failed to understand the community’s emotions.

“Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer. 

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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. 

When we initially came to the decision to end purchasing support for PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on. We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations.”

It looks like the studio was able to come up with a proper solution to keep things together. Gamers can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as the studio will continue to provide support.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and has been professionally writing since 2016 and has worked across many fields. He regularly keeps tabs on a wide range of professional esports like Dota 2, Valorant, CS and fighting games. He has been an ardent gamer since his childhood, and became a defender of the ancients in Dota 2 during his college days.

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