PS3 Game Patches Reportedly Disappearing From PSN
Ahead of the upcoming PlayStation Store closures for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP, it looks like several games from Sony’s platform have already begun dropping support for post-release patches. As per a number of community posts on PSNProfiles (via VGC), just over two dozen titles have reportedly lost (or are losing) the ability to download PS3 game patches, dropping access to bug fixes and stability updates that are often required for Trophy or online mode support.
Of the PS3 game patches, dozens of games appear to be affected by Sony’s slow shutdown of the old PS Store, with nearly all mentioned titles said to be unable to download a single patch in one or more regions. In the dedicated forum post, the likes of Battlefield 4, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dante’s Inferno, SoulCalibur IV, and Twisted Metal 2012 are listed as having no patches available at either the game’s boot time or manually from the PS3 system menu.
However, it should be noted that some game variants, such as separate regions or editions, may still able to download patches. That’s at least the case with LittleBigPlanet, as the vanilla version is still able to update, but the Game of the Year Edition is mentioned as not receiving anything for the EU version. While most of the list can’t receive PS3 game patches, a select few such as Just Cause 2 are said to be able to trick the console into loading updates by waiting on the patch notification screen and pressing the X button at the proper moment.
Sony has yet to offer any sort of response on this matter, but a disruption like this isn’t too surprising considering the poor state of the PS3 network in recent years. Even before Sony announced store closures, many games have either been abandoned or delisted on the platform, with most multiplayer (outside inhumanly popular series’ like Call of Duty) having turned into player-dwindling wastelands. It’s currently unknown what the future holds for PS3 game patches, but Sony has assured purchases will continue to be downloadable when the PS3 store closes in July.
What do you think? Are you bummed to see PS3 game patches starting to disappear before the store is scheduled to close, or do you feel updates should continue to stay available no matter what happens to the PSN? 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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