Sony has today confirmed that PSN’s digital stores on PlayStation 3 and PSP will close on July 2. The PS Vita store will also close on 27 August. Players will still be able to download games after the shops are closed.
Today, Sony updated the section on important alerts on the official website with information about the upcoming closures. While the stores will be closed later this year, Sony explained that players will still be able to download content they own after the closing date. People will also still be able to redeem PS Plus and game coupons, even though wallet coupons will no longer work in these stores after they close.
The specific features players will no longer have access to after July 2 and August 27 are listed below:
- You will no longer be able to purchase PS3, PS Vita and PSP digital content, including games and video content.
- You will no longer be able to purchase in-game purchases through games on PS3, PS Vita and PSP.
- You will no longer be able to redeem PSN Wallet Fund coupons (eg Gift Certificates) on PS3, PS Vita or PSP devices once PlayStation Store has been purchased and the purchase functionality for these devices is closed. Your PSN wallet assets will remain in your PSN account, but you will only be able to use the wallet funds to purchase PS4 and PS5 products on the PlayStation Store online, PlayStation App or on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
Last week, The player reported that Sony planned to close digital stores on older consoles. And last year, Sony started remove PS3, Vita and PSP content from the new PSN network shop. Soon, even if you own the original consoles, you will not be able to buy older digital games. For games that were only released on PS3 digitally, these upcoming closures will make these titles harder to play in the future.