PS3/Vita game purchases get a stay of execution from Sony
April 19, 2021

Today Sony made a proclamation and it was actually good news for a change. In a special announcement, Jim Ryan revealed the company has (mostly) reversed course on its recent decision to stop selling games from various older platforms on the PlayStation Store.

Currently, PlayStation 3, PSP and Vita games were set to disappear from the store on July 2nd (in the case of the first two) and August 27th (in the Vita's case). This has unexpectedly changed.

"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," noted the company's president, "so I'm glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations."

Ryan is arguably most famous up to this point for questioning why people would want to even bother playing older games that don't look as good as the new ones, and he took a bit of a hit in the mind of any consumers who disagreed with that stance.

"I'm glad that we can keep this piece of our history alive for gamers to enjoy, while we continue to create the cutting-edge new game worlds for PS4, PS5, and the next generation of VR," he added, which suggests he still feels about the same on the matter but at least has learned not to say the quiet part out loud. Why alienate people who want to give you money?

As a new owner of a PS5, I can readily see the appeal in its games and I look forward to exploring some of those beautiful worlds. But as I have said, I still believe it is important to be able to look back at where we came from, and I myself still enjoy playing games from 10, 20, 30 and more years ago. I suspect I always will fight to keep those doors from closing.

For the record, PSP games will cease to be available on July 2, 2021, as previously warned. So if you read my previous post highlighting the PSP games I would encourage you to snap up most promptly, all of that still applies. You just have an undisclosed additional amount of time--perhaps even years--to snag titles for the other devices.

Eventually, we know that all of these games will cease to be made available for purchase, and it's reasonable to assume games coming out today for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 will eventually meet with the same fate. As the industry continues making strides toward the all-digital future executives so desperately want, my advice is to start monitoring digital storefronts and watching for the best sales, so you can get everything at a discount rather than getting hit by another announcement and having to scramble to make any last-minute purchases at full price.

In any event, today's announcement is good news, even though there remains a lot of progress to be made. Now if Sony could just put some effort into letting me play my old PS3 game discs and digital titles on my shiny new PS5, I would be happier still...

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