In March, Sony received widespread backlash for announcing plans close PS3 and Vita stores and remove the ability to purchase PSP games from both stores. Criticism led Sony to reverse course in part, promising to keep the PS3 and Vita stores open, but the company remained committed to ending the “PSP commerce feature” on July 2. While it’s not clear what that meant at the time, Sony shed some more light on the situation: you will still be able to buy new PSP games from the PS3 and Vita stores, but you won’t be able to buy. new DLC, according to the UK and we support pages (Going through Kotaku).
Here are the three new updates Sony has made to clarify matters, including removing the ability to search or download DLC from the PSP store on July 6:
What does this mean to you?
When the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®Portable (PSP) was previously closed in 2016, you could still search and make in-game purchases. As of July 6, 2021, you will no longer be able to search or shop. in-game purchases.
What about the PSP content you already own?
You will still be able to download the PSP content that you purchased previously. You can download your previously purchased PSP content to your PSP by going to the download list on the device.
What about PSP content available for purchase from the PS3 and PS Vita stores?
You will still be able to purchase and play PSP content available in the PS3 and PS Vita stores. However, you will no longer be able to make purchases through the in-game store for PSP content.
All of this naturally only applies to games that have been sold digitally, but it does help preserve some of the history and catalog of the PSP because the closing of the native PSP showcase in 2016.
Compared to Microsoft, which uses cross-generation backward compatibility like major selling point for the Xbox Series X, playing older games on Sony consoles can often be a bit more complicated than just inserting an old disc. The Playstation 5 currently plays most Playstation 4 games, but if you want to play games from older generations on Sony’s latest console, you will need to subscribe to Playstation Now, which allows you to play Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 games streamed from the cloud, or buy full price remakes of classics.
For the PSP, there is always a possible way to buy games for beloved handheld, at least for now – that even means buying the games from one of the two stores on entirely different hardware.