PS3, PS Vita, and PSP owners will lose purchase access to a combined 2,200 digital-only games due to upcoming PlayStation Store closures
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Sony announced a few days ago that there were plans in action to close the PlayStation Store for the PS3 (July 2), PS Vita (August 27), and PSP (also on July 2). A notice from the company informed owners that games that had already been bought would still be available for re-download if necessary, but game purchases and in-game purchases would no longer be supported for these three platforms. With combined sales of around 180 million units for the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP, this action by Sony will affect millions of PlayStation owners.
A report from VGC has dug a little deeper into the PlayStation Store closure effects, and the analysis result came up with a figure of about 2,200 digital-only titles that would end up disappearing from the stores. The site offered the following numbers breakdown (estimates):
Ironically, some of the games will then become Xbox exclusives according to VGC’s report, although this claim seems to be referring just to console exclusivity and digital format as many of the titles are available to play on the Microsoft Windows platform. “Microsoft exclusives” could be a more appropriate phrase to be used here.
Regardless of exclusivity, apparently around 120 titles will be completely lost once the store doors are closed on the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP. The list includes games like Tokyo Jungle and PixelJunk Racers, which were developed specifically for the now supposedly moribund hardware. Owners of these PlayStation devices should make any planned purchases as soon as possible.