After causing a stir in the gaming community by announcing they would be shuttering the online stores for their older consoles, Sony has announced that they will be leaving the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores online for the forseeable future. Originally, the stores for the PS3, PlayStation Vita, and PSP were all scheduled to shut down this July. However, after overwhelming fan outcry, Sony chose to only shut down the PlayStation Portable, which initially hit American store shelves in 2005.
SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan explains Sony’s position on the PlayStation blog:
“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.”
It seems for now the two legacy consoles will remain safe. Interestingly, there were some theories that perhaps Sony was shutting down all their older stores as they figured out backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 5. But a move like this suggests backwards compatibility for their legacy consoles is either not on the table at the moment or so far out it was simply not worth the PR hit for now.