In short: The PSP digital store officially closed its doors today. However, users can still buy new games through the PS3 or Vita store, as long as they own one of these platforms, it is because the web and mobile stores are closed. It’s a bit of a hot mess that Sony has tweaked several times, indicating that the company hasn’t fully thought through all of this.
In March, Sony took its old web-based stores, PS3, PSP and PS Vita offline, fueling existing rumors that it would shut down those markets. He later confirmed he was closing stores this summer. After serious backlash, Sony reversed its decision saying that closing the PS3 and Vita stores was a “bad decision”, but still planned to remove the “PSP commerce feature”.
July 2 was supposed to be the end of buying digital PSP games. Although an update to Sony’s PlayStation support pages indicated that he postponed the closure for a few days until July 6 (today). From now on, users will no longer be able to search for games or make in-game DLC purchases. However, users can still access owned games through the downloads list on the PSP.
Here’s your final reminder to grab all SEGA PSP digital games while you can!
– SEGA forever (@SEGAForever) July 1, 2021
In addition, users can always purchase new PSP games through the PS3 and PS Vita marketplaces.
“You will still be able to purchase and play PSP content available on the PS3 and PS Vita stores. However, you will no longer be able to make purchases through the in-game store for PSP content.”
Of course, this is not entirely straightforward since the online versions of the PS3 and Vita stores are no longer live. So, to buy a PSP game, users will need to log in from a PS3 or Vita and purchase it from the store on the device, then access their PSP and download it from the downloads list. For those who don’t have a PS3 or Vita, it seems like buying new games isn’t an option.
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