Remember when Sony announced the end of the PSP store, along with the PS3, and PS Vita stores, and then backtracked? Well, the time has come. While the PS3 and PS Vita stores will survive, the PSP store’s end is here.
But all is not lost. Searches of the PSP library will no longer work, but Sony has confirmed that along with previously purchased content, PSP content available in the PS3 and PS Vita stores will be also available. In-game content that depends on the PSP store, however, will be unavailable.
Here are the details:
What does this mean for you?
When the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®Portable (PSP) was previously closed in 2016, you were still able to perform searches and make in-game purchases. Starting 6th July, 2021, you’ll no longer be able to perform searches or make in-game purchases.
What about PSP content that you already own?
You’ll still be able to download your previously purchased PSP content. You can download your previously purchased PSP content onto your PSP by accessing the Download List on the device.
What about PSP content that is available for purchase on the PS3 and PS Vita stores?
You’ll still be able to purchase and play PSP content that is available on the PS3 and PS Vita stores. However, you’ll no longer be able to make purchases via the in-game store for PSP content.
In the grand scheme of retro platforms going dark, this is comparatively positive. It migt not be 100% ideal, but it does at least seem as though Sony has found a solution that can work.
We’ll miss the PSP store, but at least the PS3 and PS Vita stores can fill the void.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.