In a surprising move, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Jim Ryan, has revealed that the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS Vita will continue to have their respective PlayStation Stores after critical feedback from their users.
If you recall, Sony was poised to shut down the PlayStation Store on the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita would shut down in July and August as a multi-stage shutdown initiative. However, it seems that Sony has heard from their userbase, which truly, was rather unhappy with what was about to happen. There’d also been news about just how short-term or long-term license ownership was for digitally purchased goods, which to some, was actually rather bothersome when fans learned the CMOS battery in their console determined just how long their games would actually last thanks to CBR.com.
In a statement made earlier today, Jim Ryan revealed via the PlayStation Blog, that they are reverting their decision to start their planned shutdown of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores. In order to continue with fan feedback, Jim Ryan has stated that Sony will allow their passionate fans to “continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations.”
Ryan has also stated that they (Sony) are able to “keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR.”
The statement of VR should catch a few fans by surprise as many had begun to wonder just what Sony had in store for the PlayStation VR after the release of the PlayStation 5. A lot of it us due to how little information has been released about the next-generation VR has been released.
In a closing statement, Ryan made it clear that they and the teams are listening to their fans, “Thank you for sharing your feedback with us – we’re always listening and appreciate the support from our PlayStation community.”
For now, it seems that PlayStation fans will be able to continue enjoying their games on their PSP, PS3, and PS Vita consoles, for now. It does seem that Sony may re-evaluate how long those platforms will remain open moving forward.
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