PlayStation games like Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 skyrocket in price due to PSN shutdown

Ed Nightingale
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As Sony shuts down the PS3, PSP and PS Vita PSN stores, games like Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 are skyrocketing in price.

Sony confirmed in a notice on their website that the digital stores for these consoles will be shut down over the summer, presumably to focus on PS4 and PlayStation 5 instead.

That’s 2 July for PS3 and PSP, and 27 August for the PS Vita.

Players can still play any existing games they own, but will be unable to download anything new. And while many games are available on the more recent consoles, some exclusives will now be lost forever.

By the count of Video Game Chronicles, that’s 138 PlayStation games that will no longer be available anywhere. It includes exclusives like Infamous: Festival of Blood, The Last Guy, Tokyo Jungle, Lumines Supernova and Rain.

Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1
This copy of Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 is going for over $300 (eBay)

In the wake of this news, the physical boxed edition of Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 has jumped in price on eBay. The 2013 collection of four games includes two that will no longer be available digitally – Tokyo Jungle and When Vikings Attack.

Originally released at £39.99, Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 is now selling for hundreds on eBay.

Gamers have criticised Sony for the store closures, citing the need for better game preservation rather than relying on physical compilations like Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1. Some developers will lose their work forever, while others are scrambling to port their games to other consoles as reported by The Gamer.

Sony aren’t alone, though, with Nintendo selling their Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection for a limited time only. On 1 April, when the game was removed from the Switch eShop, fans declared that Mario was dead.

Microsoft, meanwhile, are doubling down on backwards compatibility on their Xbox consoles. Not only is there a wide variety of games past and present available on Game Pass, but 16 original and Xbox 360 games can now be played on Android phones and tablets via the cloud.

For the full list of 138 disappearing PSN games, visit Video Game Chronicles.