According to a report from TheGamer, Sony is reportedly going to shudder the digital storefronts on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita systems in the next coming months. The stores for PlayStation 3 and PSP will close on July 2, while the Vita store will still stay open until Aug. 27. Although Sony hasn’t made the official announcement yet, it is reportedly being planned for the end of this month.
After the respective PlayStation stores close down, players will no longer be able to purchase digital copies of games or any DLC on the consoles and handhelds. Back in October last year, Sony removed the ability to purchase PS3 and Vita games, apps, themes, and avatars from its online web store. However, people were still able to purchase PS3 and Vita content through their respective PSN stores. It looks like that will no longer be the case soon.
This is incredibly disappointing given that PlayStation has a rich catalogue of games spanning all the way from the first PlayStation console. This move to reportedly shut down its existing digital storefronts is in stark comparison to how Microsoft and Xbox handle their legacy content. With Xbox Series X | S, hundreds of games across four generations of Xbox will carry over with gamers.