PlayStation Store ends PS3, PSP, Vita sales on web and mobile devices October 19

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Sony is launching a brand new PlayStation Store for web and mobile later this month. The new store means that changes are coming to the content that you can purchase.

The biggest change is that you will not be able to purchase PS3, PSP, and PlayStation Vita games on the web or mobile starting October 19. The changes also affect the ability to purchase apps, themes, and avatars through the web and mobile storefronts. The Wishlist feature is also being discontinued. Any items currently on your wishlist will be removed.

Can you still buy games directly on PS3, PSP, and Vita?

Yes. PS3, PSP, and Vita games will no longer be available to buy on PS Store “when accessed via a desktop or mobile device. However, you will still be able to buy PS3, PSP, or PS Vita content by accessing PS Store directly from your PS3, PSP, or PS Vita. PlayStation 4 apps, themes, and avatars can also be downloaded via PS Store on your PS4 console,” Sony says.

What happens to the content you already own?

“You will still be able to access all your previously purchased PS3, PSP, or PS Vita content as before. Your existing PS4 apps, themes, and avatars will remain on your PS4 console,” Sony confirms.

My Take

This is not terribly surprising news. The PlayStation Portable launched way back in 2005 and has been discontinued since 2014. PlayStation 3 launched in 2006 and was discontinued in 2016 in the United States. Meanwhile, PS Vita was discontinued worldwide in 2019, although it still has a fair number of third-party indie game releases.

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