PlayStation Store on PS3 and PS Vita Will Continue Operations

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PlayStation Store on PS3 and PS Vita Will Continue Operations

Players will be able to continue to purchase games on PS3 and PS Vita.

Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer. 

Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. PSP commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned. 

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. 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. 

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  • I, too, would like to see PS3, PS2 and PS1 backwards compatibility on PS5. Granted, there are some PS2 games available but it would be nice to see more. Currently, I must use a CECHA01 PS3 and a PS5 but having it all in one machine is the dream.

    • I do own ps4, ps4 pro, ps5 and ps vita. Each are special to me as they are part of my legacy so to see that I’ll still be able to purchase games for my vita is relieving to see. I’ll continue to purchase games as they peak my interest. But I do want to see backwards compatibility on the ps5 for ps1, 2, and 3 games. Please make it happen!!!

    • Yessss!

  • PLEASE make the classics playable on PS5, you used to be the best at backward capabilities!

  • You know what would be nice? To revamp the PS3 and PSVita’s stores one last time, making general price drops for older content and at least creating support for Vita games on PS4/PS5.

    Microsoft is integrating all their older system the best they can, why Sony can’t do the same, Jim?

  • I would buy a bunch more ps3 games (ps2 classics) if it was an option on the ps5. So… maybe something else to think about. 😁

  • Much appreciated 🙌🏾✨🥂

  • Thank You, Jim. Hope we get to see some form of Backwards Compatibility with the PS3 on the PS5

  • Great, so maybe turn back the legacy store through the web browser from phone or PC as well. ;)

  • This comes as a welcome surprise. Thank you for reconsidering your decision, this is best way to ensure that your fans can continue to enjoy your games, regardless of how old they are.

  • Thanks for listening to the community, Playstation. This is a step in the right direction :)

  • This is great news but if you’re legitimately concerned about hacker vulnerability, why not put “legacy” games back onto a website and disable the console stores? Wouldn’t that reduce the security burden? The console stores haven’t worked well for years anyway.
    It would also be amazing if you started allowing sales again.

    • This 100%, I hope they just make 1 megastore so we can buy old games on PS4/5 and PC and just download them on old systems.

      Even better would be adding BC to PS5. If they want me to buy like 50 PS3 games digitally on PS5 I will do it.

      I don’t even care about disk BC, I will happily take the burden of buying my old games again digitally just for the support

  • Very happy to hear this, I’ve just spent £100s on the PS store on my PS3 in the last month to get a few games before I thought they would be lost forever (or I’d be forced to buy overpriced physical copies from eBay).
    I’ve owned all consoles, from PS1 to PS5 (still got all of them except the PS2) and I 100% would purchase PS1 and PS2 games again on my PS5, if they were say, released with trophy challenges.
    I also own a Vita, granted, I don’t play it often but glad to see the store will still be accessible for the foreseeable future.
    Great work Sony!

  • This is very good, guys. Now you are really making the Playstation “for the players”. In the past few years we have seen Sony making very positive decisions for its users, and I hope they will continue to do so. God save the social media! <3

  • Good, now walk back the ridiculous policy to block Dualshock 4 use on PS5 games. This shouldn’t be a thing when I can fire up Remote Play on my phone and play PS5 games with touchscreen controls or a Dualshock 4 through my phone/PC in my living room while still seeing the game on my TV. Please respect our hardware purchases as well like your competition does.

  • THANK YOU for listening Jim. People clearly weren’t happy with the decision…………….. although there were plenty of morons and the typical completely clueless gaming journalist articles that claimed you will NEVER be able to play your games or download them ever again………. which is the complete opposite of what was actually happening. But for the people who did know what they were talking about, it was still a sad state of affairs and doesn’t look good for the future of current hardware.

  • Great News but can we please have the ability to play PS3 games on our PS5, Backwards compatibility is loved by many, maybe not all but many. If you can get PS1, 2, and PSP games on there too that would be great and you guys would make a lot of money. As you can clearly see a lot of us love our old games. We would just like the ability. I never got to finish a lot of PS3 games when the PS4 came out and would love to play them on my new hardware. Thank you for listening to us.

  • Thank you!

  • Now, Days Gone 2 :)

  • Verry thankfull for reconsidering the initial decission on closing the stores. I understand that it probabley takes some rescources to keep these older stores running and available. Next up maby think up a user friendly way end of life update for the respective consoles, and maby if possibly make a patch for the Cmos battery problem that was recently discovered. Speaking as a consumer it makes me feel alot more reassured when i buy stuff digitally that i can get my hands on or maby even store externally.

  • This is absolutely the right move. The PlayStation brand has such a rich history and erasing it, while I’m sure has some positives for the “bottom line” so to speak, does nothing for the brand’s legacy. There is a veritable goldmine of classic titles and IPs that no other brand or platform offers, and it is distressing– and confounding– that you even considered that getting rid of it was a good idea. At the very least, please start opening up to the idea of legacy content on newer consoles, and keep these IPs alive (not to mention, the influx of curious buyers). There’s no reason why you can’t keep older content marketable to newer players (people still pay money to see Disney’s 1937 classic Snow White). The Xbox people are laughing at us, and by extension, you.

  • Thank you Jim. Loving this awareness of fan sentiment.

    Whilst I’m here, could you please consider discussing implementation of Remote Play on Vita with PS5?

    I’d really like to be able to continue playing my library portably but I cannot without a PS4.

  • Thank you, now please let us play our PS1/2 digital purchases on PS4/5 as well.

  • Hey Jimbo, how about backwards compatibility for PS1, 2, 3, PSP and Vita on the PS5?

    • That is near impossible. It’s going to take a lot of manpower, resources, and money, to come up with a processor that can emulate all these consoles, into one.

    • @DaMostWanted786
      They can do though software emulation like Microsoft is doing with Xbox and 360.
      Plus You could already play PS1 and PS2 on the PS3, PS3 and PSP on the PS4.

    • PS3 games are the only one that would be difficult but Sony could make it happen if they wanted to, they know their own consoles better than anyone else. Even the PSP could run digital PS1 games, and some PS2 games were playable on PS3. If those much older consoles could do it then it won’t be a problem for PS5 if Sony want to make it happen.

      Microsoft have Xbox games from all Xbox generations running on Xbox Series X. PlayStation users should be able to expect the same standard from Sony.

  • Massive W.

  • We’re all fallible but admitting mistakes and reversing decisions is often a harder thing to do. Appreciate the honesty and about turn. Kudos!

  • Finally some good news! I admit my faith was shaking! Thank you for listening!

    • Now give us some backwards compatibility and this issue solves itself too.

    • That’s near impossible. The respective consoles use different architypes that just simply can’t run on the x86 architecture on PS5’s. If Sony pulls it off, it will take a lot of manpower, money, and state of the art cooling. I’d prefer Sony to focus their efforts on bringing us new experiences but if they can pull off full backwards compat, that’s going to be a dream come true.

      This is going to sound awful, but your best bet for this is PS NOW.

  • Now to the next step, bring backwards compatibility for PS5.

    • I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that is truly impossible, especially for PS3. The respective consoles run on different archetypes, and it will be difficult to emulate on one single console, even if you get a working emulator on these consoles via homebrew or modding, some games that utilized different cell archetypes may not register well with PS5’s x86 architecture.

      I really do hope Sony works out a way where we can play out PS1, PS2, and PS3 games along with our PS4 games on outlr PS5. But to do that is going to cost a fortune, and state of the art cooling.

  • This is a step in the right direction Jim Ryan, thank you! To add, Sony REALLY needs to bring back the option of purchasing PS3 and PS VITA goods from the PSN Store on PC. The store on the PS3 is near unusable, and the VITA store seems outdated. It’s these reasons why I’d purchase all my content from my PC, and download it onto my respective consoles.

    If you want users to purchase goods from their own stores, PLEASE update them to ensure smooth transactions.

    Awaiting for more Greatness,
    DaMostWanted786

  • Thanks. It would be great to play our PS one classics on PS4 one and PS5. We all now its technically possible, it is a matter of will. Thanks Again!

  • Ok now do a backwards compatibility.

    Thanks for listening to your staff and to development partners here. Cashflow is everything to small businesses.

  • Now that you know our love for PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3 and Vita games.

    Please allow sales for them again.

    Appreciate the change, hoping Vita devs can now continue their recently cancelled projects now.

  • Thank you so much for listening!
    Nevertheless I already started taking steps to get as much as I can to my PS3, Vita and PSP.
    Better be safe than sorry, I understand that eventually this will need to happen.

  • I heavily criticized Jim and Sony for their decision to close the PS3/PS Vita storefronts. I feel it’s only fair now to give them credit for keeping them open. Should shutting down the stores have even been considered? Probably not, but that’s now irrelevant since you have came to the correct decision based on consumer response.

    Thank you for listening to your consumers and reversing your decision.

  • THANK YOU

    Now can we please get some sales on those games again?

    Can we please play The Last of Us and Uncharted 2 online again?

  • That’s a great call, thanks for changing your mind on that.

    Can you also change the mandatory check-in on CMOS fail, please? While this is great news that the server will remain up for longer it’s not good living with the idea that our consoles could effectively stop working irretrievably at some point in the future and will depend on future Sony management to be fixable.

  • Thank you.
    It’s been hard to be a Vita fan all these years, since you abandoned it.
    This shutdown business was just awful feeling, so I’m glad to see the reversal.

  • Thank you! Great decision and messaging.

  • As someone among many who lost their jobs during the pandemic, it frustrated and made me depressed to think that the digital games and DLCs I wanted to buy for my PS3 will soon be unavailable forever, and I had no means to save up to get them before the store closed, so personally, this is a great news for me!

    I also own a PS4, and still also own a PS2, and I don’t plan on getting rid of my old-gen consoles even until they break. As far as the PS5 is concerned, I can only hope that those units be readily available without stocks running out, but that’s a topic for another day. For now, I celebrate this victory for us retro-gamers!

    • Same here buddy. I got laid off 2 months ago. Gaming is the only way i stay sane thanks to Playstation.

  • This is the consumer friendly move. If you include the PSOne Classics and the PS2 Classics that were only released on PS3 this kind of felt like Sony was going to shut the door on it’s entire Playstation history prior to the PS4. So I’m happy that’s not happening anymore.

    Still, shutting down the PSP Store feels like this will inevitably happen eventually to the others but it was feeling especially unfair for the Vita since it’s only 9 years old.

    Since these stores are going to be around for a while longer any chance of fixing the Two Factor authentication errors when transferring titles from PS3 to Vita?

  • I just purchased a PS3 this weekend for this exact reason. I’m aware Jim Ryan and the part of Sony teams wants to move on from olds stuff but it was so out of my mind for me to get rid of a store with games that are only available here. I was actually waiting for games like MGS4, Puppeteer or Tokyo Jungle to come out on PS4 but that never happened. It would be nice to have an emulator app on the ps5 at least that let us play those, since it is very difficult to find games on ps3 service too, not hardware emulated, but at least software wise. Anyways, I guess thank you for giving us some extra time.

  • Thanks Jim!
    Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue if we could play/purchase those classic titles on the “newer devices” you and the rest of the top brass are focusing on, but I’m sure Not Doing That is totally gonna get the folks who would GLADLY give y’all money for those classic titles on the “newer devices” to instead buy, idk, the re-remastered version of that TLOU game you insist on promoting at the expense of literally anything else.
    Or y’know, it’s just gonna alienate those folks from buying the newer devices at all. Lord know’s thats the reason I’m not buying a ps5 anytime soon.

  • Sony, I’m just so proud of you! It’s a small, yet giant step in the right direction. Keep it up!

  • But when will the CMOS battery imminent issue will be solved?

  • Thank you Jim! PLAYSTATION 4 LIFE!

  • Thank you Jim! I’m really happy to know that I can still buy my favorite ps3 games.

  • Ok Jim, since you are posted here, how about that webstore get redesigned into something more useable/easier on the eyes/better to navigate instead of an abomination it currently is. Your administration do understand that we absolutely HATE your stores(mainly webstore) in in there current forms right now right?

    • Whoa cowpoke, one step at a time.

    • There’s no one step at a time with this new administration. Jim seems like a difficult man to reach up there in his tower crunching numbers taking things away trying to save pennies. Any chance we get, we need to say as much as we can.

  • Thanks for listening! Remember that lt of people still loves their classic games on older system, and most of them are hard to find noways physically.

  • Maybe Sony will come to it’s senses and release “Days Gone 2”

  • Thank you for reversing course.

  • Thank you very much for listening to us

  • Thank you, Jim. There is still some hope left. Please remove the C-MOS battery DRM, please, Jim. There are other means of combating piracy, I’m sure of it, but DRM on a console like the PS4 and the PS5 should not be allowed. This is Don Mattrick all over again. Xbox even has this problem. Once again, Thank you, Jim.

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