Sony is retreating from closing the PlayStation Store on PS3 and PS Vita

Complaints were heard from several players still using their old consoles by Sony, which corrected the situation.

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A few weeks ago, Sony announced the upcoming closure of its PlayStation Store on some old consoles. These were the PS3, the PS Vita, and the PSP. The move caused a huge wave of anger from gamers who did not understand that the latest released consoles should be given priority, namely the PS4 and PS5. Sony has clearly been aware of these complaints since Jim Ryan just officially announced that, finally, the PlayStation Store will not be closed on the PS3 and on the PS Vita. However, the decision is kept for the PSP which will see its purchase features deactivated on July 2 as planned.

Jim Ryan wanted to make it clear that this was a decision. It arose from a number of factors, including the challenges of commercial support for legacy devices and our ability to focus our resources more on our newer gadgets that the majority of our players currently play on. ยป

Retro, always more retro

However, Sony has recognized the power of the gaming community over older consoles, which have been growing rapidly since the onset of the decline. Along the same lines, many gamers are suggesting Sony should be able to offer some of the classic games released on PS1, PS2 and PS3 directly through the PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS5 thanks to backward compatibility. This gesture on the part of Sony is one more step towards continuity and functional protection of cultural goods, in contrast to the first decision that favored voluntary consumption and obsolescence.

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