Sony backtracks over controversial PlayStation 3 and Vita store decision

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Capcom
Photo credit: Capcom

Sony has backtracked over a controversial PlayStation decision after a major backlash from fans.

The gaming giant recently announced that they would soon remove the ability to buy digital games from the PS3, Vita and PSP stores, citing outdated infrastructure security and the cost of running payment schemes as their reasoning.

Photo credit: Capcom
Photo credit: Capcom

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The backlash not only came from fans who still wanted to buy older games, especially the PSOne and Ps2 classics that don't have modern remasters or inexplicably aren't on PS Now streaming. But indie developers in the middle of making games also would no longer be able to release their games on these platforms.

Following a wave of negative publicity, Sony Interactive Entertainment head honcho Jim Ryan announced they were backtracking on their decision, stating on the PlayStation Blog: "We see now 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.

Photo credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Photo credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

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"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. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us – we’re always listening and appreciate the support from our PlayStation community."

Elsewhere, Sony has said that they hope to have PS5 consoles more easily available to buy moving forward, following lots of problems with stock shortages and scalpers when the console was first released las November.

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