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Sony Reverses Course, Will Continue Selling PS3 and Vita Games After All

Sony has changed its decision and will now be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices.As detailed on PlayStation.Blog, this is a reversal from its announcement in March 2021 that it would be closing down the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PSP on July 2, 2021, and the PSN store for the Vita on August 27, 2021.In a letter to the community, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan said that it was “clear that we made the wrong decision here,” and that the stores for PS3 and PS Vita will continue to live on. However, PSP commerce functionality will still end on July 2, 2021.

“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,” Ryan wrote. “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.

“I’m glad that we can keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us – we’re always listening and appreciate the support from our PlayStation community.”Sony’s change of course is similar to Microsoft’s decision to not change Xbox Live Gold pricing following outcry from the community, and is great news for those who still use these systems and for the preservation of video game history.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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