Sony Backpedals on PS3/Vita Store Closures

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Remember that thing about Sony shutting down the digital store for PS3 and PS Vita this summer? We have some very good news: Sony has announced that the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita will remain open.

On Monday, Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO Jim Ryan wrote on PlayStation.Blog: ‘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.’

He added that PSP commerce functionality will still retire in July. Sorry, Umaru-chan.

Sony Backpedals on Umaru-chan with PSP, PS3/Vita Store Closures

Backward compatibility and keeping older systems alive has long been a concern for video game players (and for computer users in general). Fans of the older systems maybe aren’t ready to move on to PS5 just quite yet, thank you very much. Especially if the newer model is harder to find than Bigfoot wearing a four-leaf clover. Of course, game companies may feel differently, as they are the ones who have to maintain the store, keep the newer games backward compatible, etc.

The PS3 store won’t be going away and that is good news for all gamers, and good PR for Sony. As of right now, the PlayStation blog has already gotten more than 300 comments from thankful and/ or salty PlayStation fans.

Sony; Himouto! Umaru-chan on Crunchyroll; Sankaku Head/ Shueisha, "Himouto! Umaru-chan R" Production Committee
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