In Word: The PSP digital store officially closed today. However, users can still buy new games through the PS3 or Vita store, as long as they have one of those platforms, that’s because the web and mobile stores are closed. It’s a disaster that Sony has tweaked multiple times, indicating that the company hasn’t fully thought through all of this.
In March, Sony took its legacy web-based stores, PS3, PSP, and PS Vita offline, fueling existing rumors that it would discontinue those markets. Later, he confirmed that he would be closing stores this summer. After a severe backlash, Sony backtracked on its decision saying that closing the PS3 and Vita stores was a “wrong decision” but still planned to withdraw the “commercial PSP functionality”.
July 2 was supposed to be the end of being able to buy digital PSP games. Although, an update from Sony’s PlayStation support pages indicates which delayed the closing for a few days until July 6 (today). From now on, users will no longer be able to search for games or make in-game downloadable content purchases. However, users can still access their own games through the Downloads list on the PSP.
Here’s your last reminder to get any SEGA PSP digital game while you can!
– SEGA Forever (@SEGAForever) July 1, 2021
Additionally, users can also purchase new PSP games through the PS3 and PS Vita markets.
“You will still be able to purchase and play PSP content that is 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.”
Of course, this is not entirely straightforward, as the online versions from the PS3 and Vita stores are no longer available. So to purchase a PSP game, users will need to log in from a PS3 or Vita and purchase it from the device’s store, then go to their PSP and download it from the Downloads list. For those who don’t have a PS3 or Vita, it seems that buying new games is not an option.
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