Last week we reported that Sony’s decision to close the PS3 store boded ill for the PS4 store when it eventually goes offline. Well the fan outrage over the CBomb issue as well as the fact that users of the PS3, PS Vita and PSP would not be able to buy new games and DLC for games on those systems seems to have resulted in a change of heart over at PlayStation HQ.
In a letter dated 19 April 2021, Jim Ryan has announced that the stores for the PS3 and Vita will remain in operation, for now, but that PSP owners will lose access to purchase games and DLC on 2 July 2021 as previously announced.
In his letter Ryan states that, “…it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here.” A rare admission of misreading the fanbase and the demand for older games.”
He went on to give some insight into the decision-making process.
“When we initially came to the decision to end purchasing support for PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on. 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.”
This statement makes it clear that Sony weighed the costs against the benefits of keeping the stores open and, on a purely, financial basis, it is clear that these stores may no longer be as profitable as they once were. They may not be profitable at all anymore.
Ryan continues by saying, “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.”
These statements combined may put paid to any hope that fan pressure would get Sony to take calls for legacy system emulation on PS5 seriously, simply because they have enabled gamers to continue using some of their legacy hardware to play those games.