New PlayStation Store Won’t Sell PS3, PS Vita, Or PSP Games On Web And Mobile
The arrival of next-gen consoles is happening in less than a month and Sony’s PlayStation 5 hardware promises to bring a number of exciting innovations to the way gamers play. As shown in a recent showcase, the console’s new user interface includes a more streamlined way to purchase games, with the PlayStation Store being baked right into the PS5’s menu. In addition to the console itself, it appears Sony is also preparing a new PlayStation Store for browsers and mobile devices, but to make way for the update, it appears a great deal of legacy content will sadly fall by the wayside.
As revealed in a new email sent to PlayStation account holders (via Game Informer), the new PlayStation Store update is scheduled to take place between October 21st and October 26th (October 28th for mobile) and it plans to “make some changes to the content you can access.” One of the most sweeping changes will prohibit the purchase of games and add-ons for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable across mobile and web versions of the marketplace. In addition, apps, themes, and avatars will no longer be available for PlayStation 4 users and the store’s Wishlist feature will also be retired. An all, the update will remove:
- PlayStation 3 games and any add-ons
- PSP (PlayStation Portable) games and add-ons
- PlayStation Vita games and add-ons
The Sony email goes on to clarify that while the new PlayStation Store won’t feature any of this content, players can still use each console’s native PS Store to navigate and make respective purchases. That means PlayStation 3 and Vita content can only be bought on PS3 and Vita, and PS4 apps, themes and avatars are only available on PS4. Content redeemed from the store was also confirmed to be accessible in the same way it is now and will continue to remain on players’ devices after the update goes live.
While much of this information is substantiated by a corresponding support page, the email nonetheless makes an error (H/T Gematsu) regarding PS Store availability on PSP. The native PlayStation Portable storefront was officially shut down in 2016 and with the web option soon to follow, this new PlayStation Store update will seemingly remove the last remaining avenue to make purchases for the device. However, as the PlayStation Vita is backwards compatible with many digital PSP games, offerings from Sony’s original handheld will still live on for owners of that device.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) February 29, 2016
What do you think? Are you excited about the possibilities of the new PlayStation Store, or are you bummed to see these PS3, PS Vita, and PSP listings disappear? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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