A new browser plugin has been released that allows users to browse the old version of PlayStation Store and access PSP, PS Vita and PS3 games for download.
the new Firefox plugin, ‘Valkyrie PS Store’, allows users to access the old Store using web pages saved on archive.org. As shown in the video below, the store is fully functional and allows users to purchase content and download it to their consoles.
It is also possible to manually access the old PlayStation Store, for users on web browsers other than Firefox, which involves copying and pasting URLs into the archive.org site.
SIE launched the latest iteration of PlayStation Store for the web in October, ahead of the launch of PlayStation 5 the following month.
In addition to a revamped layout, the new store has removed support for purchasing PS3, PSP and Vita games and add-ons, as well as PS4 apps, themes and avatars. . The wishlist feature has also been discontinued.
All of the above content can still be purchased through the PlayStation Store on specific consoles – until the PSP Store is shut down in July, that is – but as of October it is not possible. to purchase PlayStation content for these platforms via the web.
Earlier this week, Sony made the decision to shut down the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita digital stores. In a statement on Monday, SIE President Jim Ryan said the platform owner realized he had made “the wrong decision” by planning to close the stores.
Users will continue to be able to purchase digital games on PS3 and PS Vita, but the PSP store will still close as scheduled on July 2.
“Recently, we informed gamers that the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices is scheduled to end this summer,” Ryan said.
“Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So I’m happy to say today that we’re going to keep the PlayStation Store up and running for PS3 and PS Vita devices. The PSP commerce feature will be phased out on July 2, 2021 as planned. “
VGC analysis had suggested that around 140 PlayStation games would no longer be available for purchase in any form when Sony closed the PSP, Vita, and PS3 stores as originally planned.
Now, a much smaller number of titles – around 35 digital-only PSP games – could disappear after the store closes in July.