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PlayStation Store for PS3, PS Vita officially closes this summer

Sony promises previously bought games and content are still accessible

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Sony confirmed on Monday that PlayStation Store access for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable will end this summer. The PS3 and PS Vita stores close Aug. 27, 2021; the PSP’s remaining purchase functions will end on July 2, 2021.

PS3, Vita, and PSP owners will still be able to re-download and play any games they’ve purchased through the PlayStation Store. Users can still redeem voucher codes for games and PlayStation Plus, too.

Additionally, multi-platform cross-buy purchases are still possible, meaning users can still buy content made available to both PlayStation 4 and PS3, PS Vita, and/or PSP. Players can still access their content by way of the Download List, on their respective device.

Sony also specified that these store closures will not affect any user’s PlayStation Now subscription, or their access to PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita titles they claimed through their PlayStation Plus subscription. Those may still be re-downloaded as long as their PlayStation Plus membership remains current. PlayStation Plus’ last month of PS3 and PS Vita titles was February 2019.

But all new purchases are now over. This goes for buying any new game or video content, as well as in-game purchases, on PS3, PS Vita, or PSP. As a result, players can no longer redeem gift cards through these devices, either; any money still in a user’s PSN wallet can be used only to buy content for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

For those who want a refund of any PSN wallet funds left over after store access closes, Sony will issue refunds, and will provide more information on requesting one later.

Sony has more information in the FAQ published Monday afternoon. Last week, reports said the PlayStation Store’s shutdown for the three legacy platforms was imminent. The PS3 went out of production in 2017, the Vita was shut down in March 2019, and the PlayStation Portable was discontinued in 2014.