[UPDATE 03/29/21] It’s really happening. Read Sony’s official post here. Our original post regarding the rumors follows.
Word broke earlier today on TheGamer.com from a “verified source” that Sony’s legacy digital storefronts would be shut down later this year. According to the source, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 content would allegedly be removed from sale on July 2nd while Vita content would reportedly remain until August 27th. The official announcement is said to happen by the end of March… and that’s all the detail we have to go on from this report.
- Is it likely that Sony will shut down purchases across their older platforms? Absolutely
- Is it happening in three months? That’s harder to say for certain
Sony has not been shy about their recent moves to shore up PlayStation offerings; you can read my recap from last week or check out Sony’s official Discontinued Services page for a reminder. This is all going to happen sooner or later and seeing these headlines during my busy workday had the same impact as if they were already confirmed: gut-wrenching remorse. We’ll know soon enough if these rumored dates are true but it’s finally kicked me into gear. I’m not waiting any longer to start picking up those I’ll-get-it-one-day titles that have been lingering on my wishlist over the past 15 years. I suggest you do the same whenever you can.
Thanks to everyone who pointed out the report. I’ll update this post as things happen (or don’t) and keep an eye on the official services page for any changes. I’ll probably do some kind of stream this week looking through the old PlayStation Store and stuffing my shopping cart full of games.