Sony will officially close its PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 on July 2, with the store closing for Vita devices on August 27. The shutdowns means you can no longer buy digital copies of games or DLC for the PS3 and Vita. Sony will also remove remaining purchase functionality for its PlayStation Portable (PSP) on July 2.
Fortunately, you can still download and play previously purchased games, videos and media content. The only thing that changes, at least for now, is that you can’t buy digital games and videos for PS3, PS Vita, or PSP. In-game purchases will also stop after stores close.
You can also still buy cross-buy content after the closings, so you can access the PS3 and PS Vita / PSP versions of games that come with cross-buy support.
News of the closures originally surfaced last week The gamer, and many were concerned that the closures prevented people from downloading games to their devices. Obviously, that’s not the case, which is good news if you still own a PS3, PSP or Vita and want to keep playing your games. The only thing that really changes here is that you can’t buy new digital games and content unless the games have cross-buy support.
Sony’s PS3 was originally launched in November 2006 and the console sold more than 80 million units in total. The Vita didn’t fare that well, with more than 10 million copies sold in total, but the PSP was a hit with more than 80 million copies sold during its 10-year lifespan.