Sony has reversed its earlier decision to shut down the Playstation store for PS3 and PS Vita this summer and has announced that the stores will stay operational, though PSP stores will close down on July 2, 2021.
In a notice last month, Sony said that the Playstation Store for PS Vita will close on August 27, 2021, and for PS3 on July 2, 2021; however, they now say that was the wrong decision.
“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.”, Sony’s President & CEO, Jim Ryan, announced.
As can be guessed, one of the major reasons Sony was pulling the plug on PS3 and Vita’s stores was their commercial viability. The company would also divert resources to focus on an out-of-trend legacy device, which could be used in newer-gen gaming consoles.
However, the company admitted their mistake following backlash from PS3 and PS Vita owners and won’t be discontinuing the Playstation store for the devices in the foreseeable future
“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.”
On Monday, Microsoft announced that Invited Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to start testing Xbox Cloud Gaming on Windows PC and Apple phones and tablets via web browsers. Invitees will be able to access over 100 games will be available through Chrome, Safari and Edge browsers.
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