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PS3 Store Shut Down?

PS3 Store Shut Down?

A recent report came out stating that the PlayStation Store for Sony’s PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Portable will close for good this summer. This will make digital copies of games for those platforms unavailable for purchase from that point on. While rumors are circling about the PS5 getting full backwards compatibility to help with this, many are being driven to unwarranted fear about no longer being able to access their games or libraries that they own.

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What do we know?

“A report published Monday said the PlayStation Store for Sony’s PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Portable will close for good in July and August, making digital copies of games for those platforms unavailable for purchase from then on.”

“TheGamer, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said the PS3 and PSP stores will close on July 2, and the PS Vita’s storefront will shut down Aug. 27. Polygon reached out to Sony representatives for additional information; no reply was made at publication time.”

What is not clear at this time is what will happen to games you own that are not currently installed. Are they still going to be somewhere on a server that can verify your ownership and allow you to download and reinstall?

Where is the backwards compatibility?

This situation obviously drives many questions to be asked. Most notably, in my opinion, is where is the efforts for backwards compatibility? Microsoft offers backwards compatibility in a broad and sweeping way, essentially running an emulator on my XBOX Series X for the XBOX 360.

If game companies like Sony and Microsoft are going to continue offering services that center around allowing you to keep and take your games everywhere, this is not a message of confidence when an entire store, and potentially the install-ability of those games, is being shutdown.

Understandably, companies cannot be expected to maintain digital store fronts for forever, especially for some of these older consoles. But as a consumer, I would like to see more solutions put in place to protect my libraries of games and titles that we wish to look back on.

Emulation and Old Consoles

I appreciated YongYea’s thoughts on emulation and how more companies need to support and lean into emulation of old games. For me personally, there are countless original Nintendo titles from the console generation of old that I would love to be able to buy and play.

Sure, Nintendo has offered some of those titles, and Microsoft has made great strides for backwards compatibility. But it would be great to see significantly more support and exhaustive libraries made available to the public for purchase and consumption.

Ultimately I think the PS3 store closure is being blown out of proportion by some and even misrepresented by others. But with many unknowns about how it is going to work, it is understandable why concern and rumors are spreading. Solutions and answers from Sony will hopefully be around the corner.

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