It seems that the PlayStation Store will stay open for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
Sony had announced that the PlayStation Store would be closing for older PlayStation platforms. However, Sony seems to have changed their minds on a few of those systems. On the PlayStation Blog, the company announced that the PlayStation Store will remain open for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
"When we initially came to the decision to end purchasing support for the PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on," Sony stated. "We now see that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able 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.
"I'm glad that we can 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."
While the PlayStation Store will stay open for the PS3 and PS Vita, Sony will still be closing it for the PSP. The storefront for the handheld will cease operations on July 2nd.
Sony had announced closure of the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP last month. The PlayStation 3 and PS Vita's version of the storefront was meant to be shut down this August. Gamers would have lost the ability to purchase games for the systems, and would no longer be able to make in-game purchases through the platforms. However, gamers would have kept the ability to re-download and play games that had been previously purchased.