It was an open secret that Sony was closing the PlayStation Store digital stores in PS3, PS Vita and PSP. Especially since this morning their stores were no longer accessible from the browser. Now has already made it official, putting a date on the blackouts that will prevent you from buying digital games for the aforementioned platforms.
In an email sent to its subscribers, Sony explains how this change will impact you, including the ability to redownload previously purchased games. But first, the dates:
- July 2nd: PS Store closes on PS3, and the remaining purchase functions on PSP disappear.
- August 27th– PS Store closure on PS Vita.
From those dates you will no longer be able to buy any digital content for these consoles, such as games or videos. The PSP store already closed in 2016, but in-game purchases were still possible until now. That feature will be retired entirely as of July 2.
However, digital content that you may have already purchased you can download it again on PS3, PS Vita and PSP from the Downloads menu of the corresponding device. That includes accessing the games you have purchased through PS Plus (as long as you remain a member of the service, of course).
Prepaid coupons for PS3, PS Vita and PSP will no longer work. But you purse background of PlayStation Network is common for all PlayStation consoles, so you will not lose the money you have (although you can only spend it on PS4 and PS5).
Therefore, the content that you have already purchased in the digital stores of these platforms will continue to be available, and even if you delete it, you can still download it. But you will no longer be able to buy new games, sotake advantage of these last months before the summer to buy all the digital content you want before it’s gone forever …