An era closes: the PlayStation Store, in its variant for PSP, ceases to exist today, and with it i games which contains. Or at least, so it seemed before Sony made the much-needed turnaround, saving for a corner some of the content initially doomed to disappear forever from the ether.
What changes, then? If you own a PSP, its functionality will still remain anchored to the sphere offline: You will not be able to access the marketplace, neither for games nor for the purchase of DLC. Get ready to plumb the always surprising physical market in search of the Essentials, therefore.
But while it was thought that, now that the PlayStation Store on PSP closes, the 35 exclusive games to the console were doomed to oblivion, Sony has updated its version. The titles will continue to be available to the general public, only they will do so on the online stores of other platforms.
The updated message on the Sony website reads: “You will still be able to purchase, download and play PSP content available on PS3 and PS Vita stores“. It will therefore be just the store itself, at least as regards the first portable PlayStation platform, to no longer be accessible (with all due respect to those who opt for Rift Apart instead of Height doesn’t matter).
138 exclusives, 35 of them on PSP, should have disappeared forever according to Sony’s original plans. Things (by popular acclaim) have changed, and even those who only have a PSP can still download the games previously purchased through the download list (and not only).
Plans announced in March included a PlayStation Store closure on PS3, PSP and Vita in the summer, but the furious reaction from players led to the April turnaround, in which the number of sacrificial lambs was reduced to one. That of preservation of games is a hot and ever-present topic, however.
Brittany Vincent of VideoGamesChronicle pointed the finger at the entire industry, in what is a “priceless mediumWhich deserves to be filed. The risk of losing stocks by the wayside, in fact, has never gone away, and the closure of marketplaces is just one of the many risks of going digital.