Sony changes course and announces the PlayStation 3 and PSP Vita stores will remain operational

The PSP is still slated for shutdown

    
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We won this one.

Remember at the end of March when Sony announced that the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PSP Vita stores would shut down this year? Fans were pretty unhappy, especially as it meant that buying things like DLC and otherwise rare games would suddenly get a lot harder. And in the wake of the response, Sony has apparently listened and relented on two of the three stores in question. Both the PlayStation 3 and PSP Vita have received a stay of execution, although the original PSP store will still shut down as previously announced.

The post announcing this explains that while Sony had previously made this decision based on a variety of factors, it became clear that it was a bad decision and would have a detrimental effect on game preservation. The upshot, ultimately, is that players will still be able to purchase and play games through these platforms for the forseeable future, although there’s no assurance that something similar will never happen again… but it isn’t happening now.

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Richard de Leon III

im more concerned with the battery issue of the ps3 and ps4. they still havent posted an official response to it.

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Danny Smith

I want to believe it was Sony listening to the consumers. But that we all screeched and hollered at 17 years of digital games vanishing for weeks did nothing but they announce this not 24 hours after mainstream journalists started posting “maybe its time to jump from playstation to xbox” articles en masse, comparing the lead dude to Don Mattrick and using the name “Lyin’ Jim Ryan” is probably not a coincidence but still kind of sucks.

At least the games stick around and more people seem to be using multiplayer games on ps3 and vita than they have in years.

But still, i cannot believe Sony right when they are in the launch period of their first digital only home console decided this was when the consumer wanted to be reminded all their digital shit can go away in a hot minute. Sony just seems absolutely clueless and out of touch nowadays. If its not a third person moviegame they don’t care and will burn every bridge possible.

At least this one was saved i guess.

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Greaterdivinity

“maybe its time to jump from playstation to xbox”

They did? I can’t seem to find any of them.

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Danny Smith

Oh yeah it was all conveniently in the last day or so, either calling Jim Ryan “The New Don Mattrick” or stuff like https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/ps5-isnt-good-value-compared-to-xbox-series-x-and-im-sick-of-it just calling the PS5 a rip off.

Though theres also some big football drama going on which is going to see half the teams cut from Fifa’s next game and let me tell you in england playstation is dominant because of fifa. its the uk’s madden and sony also got the news thats probably going to underperform with the next release so one, both or the cmos bomb stuff had them wanting good will more than shutting it all down.

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Greaterdivinity

Has nothing to do with the PS3 or older titles and everything to do with Game Pass. I mean, it’s a fine argument that Game Pass is an absolutely incredible deal, but it misses the absolute lack of any meaningful first-party support from Microsoft with the launch of their console. They’re getting hammered because Halo was delayed and they didn’t have many first/second party backup titles to support its launch like PS5 did.

Outside of the OS software apparently being fantastic, Game Pass is really the only software edge Microsoft has over Sony, and it’s still not moving consoles for them (which they still want to do in a big way).

I’m not sure what an EA title having issues has to do with Sony/PS5, I haven’t seen any data on how integral Fifa is to moving those units in the EU (it’s huge, no doubt) but Europe has been Sony’s territory since even back in the PS3 days when the 360 was eating Sony’s lunch in the US throughout most of the generation. Fifa makes huge money, but more for EA than Sony. And on the software side outside of Fifa, things seem to be going swimmingly for software on the console.

CMOS bomb stuff is all clutched pearls over what will largely, if it ever even occurs in reality without someone intentionally creating the specific circumstances, never actually happen. It’s the kind of drama that folks love to chatter about, but realistically doesn’t exist outside the pen of drama llama lovers.

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Conflix

Xbox is Gamepass now. Their entire strategy revolves around it and it is paying off big time for them. They know they will never surpass Playstation worldwide as they have had a foothold on Europe and Asia the entire time Xbox has existed. They now have 23 internal studios now I believe after the Zeni Max acquisition and every game will be available day one on pc and xbox on gamepass. They definitely botched the launch of the Series x as far as first party software was concerned but I also can respect them for taking the criticism they received about Halo and delaying it to improve it. Afterall, their plan is to have Halo running for 10 years as a live service so they better nail it if they have any shot at that.

For me at least, the impact of a lack of launch titles was softened a bit by the fact that the UI is exactly the same as my xbox one, which you would think would be a bad thing and for some it might be, and all of my xbox one games worked on it that it almost felt like nothing had changed except I now have better hardware that can do fancy things which essentially is exactly that. Add on that my backlog from previous generation is so huge still that I have no lack of games to play. It was a strange feeling for a launch console and didn’t have the same buzz but at the same time it was comforting to know that my entire previous generations of xbox games will work on the new box and even look and run better is pretty great.

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McGuffn

maybe the other teams will be in lockboxes but only as one player/coach/staff member at a time and you can’t play the team until you unlock the full set.

Everybody will be going in hock to get an ultrarare towelboy or something.