In a quite remarkable reversal, Sony announced today that they will be reversing course on removing PlayStation 3 and PSVita games from the PlayStation Store. Sony came under fire by fans for closing these storefronts and there was widespread confusion about what the closing storefront actually meant.
The news was revealed in a tweet from the official PlayStation account.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 19, 2021
It was revealed that the PSP store will be sunset on July 2, 2021 in accordance with previous plans. Though there was a more limited library of digital PSP games compared to the PS3 and PSVita. This is therefore a less significant blow.
Sony has had a bit of a rocky relationship with backwards compatibility in the past. This is especially true when compared to Microsoft’s explicit catering to the backwards compatibility passionate audience. As a result, the attention to fans will no doubt be greeted with open arms.
It should also help allay some fears that gamers have about the future security of their digital purchases. Are there any PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita games on the PlayStation Store that news of its shuttering caused you to run out and buy? Let us know in the comments below.