Sony updated its main online store in October last year, which only sold PS4 and PS5 games. However, region-specific links still gave players access to the previous version of the store, with live purchases of older games. These links now lead to an error page.For now, players can still access the PS Store on PS3, PSP and Vita and buy. However, rumors suggest that may not be the case for long, with The Gamer reporting that all three console stores will be permanently closed in July. Sony has not commented on that issue, and has not responded to IGN̵
Our Own Podcast Beyond! has talked about why these closures would be so big, and fans are similarly concerned about the closure of the online store, and what it could mean for the future of older PlayStation games. On ResetEra, FinalArcadia wrote: “Store links do not work […] makes the rumor that the PS3 store will be closed down as a whole, unfortunately seems much more likely. “
The Turbanator pointed to the potential effects of such a decision: “I know the PS3 has come in [end of service] but man, what better way to stimulate piracy and emulation (from people who do not own consoles) than to remove the ability to legally obtain content and pay developers. “Scallywag was more hopeful: “The fact that they have not announced the closure yet, hopefully means they have some sort of other solution coming in.” That solution could potentially come from console or cloud emulation of the older games. Sony has previously patented the ability to stream PS1, PS2 and PS3 games, as well as the technology to add PlayStation Trophies to games that never had them. Although patents do not necessarily point to upcoming announcements, they do indicate that Sony has toyed with ideas for its older games.
Sony may close its past, but it clearly also has big plans for the future. We have seen the company buy EVO, the world’s largest fighting game tournament, as well as unveil a follow-up to PSVR, which includes some very different controllers.
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