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What this Means for PS3 and Vita Owners

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The PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Vita (Vita) are two powerful gaming hardware from Sony, created to provide gamers with a unique gaming experience. Despite being released many years ago, the PS3 and Vita remain popular among gamers of all backgrounds. So what is it about these consoles that continues to capture people’s imaginations? And what does the future hold for owners of both devices?

In this article, we will look at the current state of PS3 and Vita ownership and discuss what changes might be on the horizon. We’ll also provide an overview of potential new features or titles specifically tailored to both devices. By exploring these topics in detail, we hope to equip readers with a better understanding of why the PS3 and Vita endure as viable gaming platforms in 2019. After reading through this guide, you should have a clearer idea of both the current options and Sony’s plans for the future.

Sony’s Announcement

Sony recently announced that it will keep the online stores for its Playstation 3 and Vita consoles open. This came as a surprise to many after the company previously announced its intention to close the stores on both platforms. However, Sony admitted that it had made a “wrong decision” and will keep the stores open for Playstation 3 and Vita owners.

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This is great news for PS3 and Vita owners, so let’s take a look at what this means for them:

Sony admits it made ‘wrong decision’ and will keep PS3, Vita stores open

On October 7th, Sony announced that it was discontinuing the Playstation Portable (PSP) and Playstation Vita (Vita) to shift its focus onto its new console, the PS4. This news shocked many players, especially those who preferred Sony’s PSP and Vita models over their predecessor.

In a recent interview on October 14th with IGN Japan, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House acknowledged that the company made “a wrong decision” in moving away from both platforms. However, House stated that it wasn’t until after the announcement that he realised “there were people who still wanted to use those platforms or use them differently.”

Despite his admission of making a mistake, House didn’t elaborate on what this would mean for the two handhelds going forward. He refused to answer questions regarding whether or not any changes to help support users still using their personal PS3’s or Vita’s would be made shortly. So when asked if there would be further updates or planned content for either system, his only response was a smile and an evasive yet polite answer of “we will see.”

It remains to be seen whether Sony will have any more announcements regarding their discontinued systems or if they plan on keeping their promise of supporting those loyal PSPand Vita users who still rely upon their devices. At this time it is uncertain how Sony will proceed but one thing is sure; this announcement has left many owners of these devices questioning what Sony has planned for them going forward.

Sony Will Keep PS3 and Vita Stores Open

Sony recently announced that it will not close the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores. This news relieves many avid fans of the two systems, who had seen Sony’s previous announcement that they would be ending technical support for the systems in July 2021.

Though sales and other services have been closed since March 2019, it seems Sony has recognized gamers’ strong desire to continue using the devices and develop new content for them. The company wishes to continue delivering support for the platforms until those owning either system have exhausted its digital services and functionality.

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PS3 and Vita owners can still access online stores, directly download and update games, obtain additional game content, take full advantage of compatibility between PS3, PS4/5 and Vita systems—all without ever having to worry about their service coming to a sudden end in 2021. In addition, users can log into their respective account pages on the PlayStation Network to view available digital libraries for each device type.

What This Means for PS3 and Vita Owners

In a recent announcement, Sony has admitted it made a ‘wrong decision’ in closing the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita online stores and has decided to keep them open. This news has been met with great enthusiasm from the PlayStation community, who had purchased games for the PS3 or Vita and could not access them. This policy reversal allows gamers to re-download content they purchased and continue purchasing new content.

Let’s take a closer look at what this news means for PS3 and Vita owners:

Access to Digital Games

Owners of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita can now access digital games via the Sony Entertainment Network. In addition, these owners can now purchase and download games from Sony’s digital library to play on their consoles. This change will allow PS3 and Vita owners more freedom to access titles they enjoy without visiting a brick-and-mortar retailer or having physical discs shipped directly to their home.

This move could help Sony expand its revenue and provide gamers with greater convenience through cost savings and immediate access. With no need for physical games or trips to game retailers, gamers can enjoy their favourite titles without the hassle of taking additional time or money. Furthermore, this new policy goes beyond just providing consumers with the convenience of digital downloads; it allows them to comprehensively get involved in their favourite gaming community. Players can now reconnect with friends in ways they were previously unable to do and create virtual networking connections worldwide through online multiplayer modes and other forms of interactive content.

Thanks in part to this policy change, PlayStation 3 and Vita players can now purchase digital versions of games at any time from any location with a strong internet connection, allowing for an uninterrupted gaming experience that is capable of connecting people from all over the world.

Access to Existing Purchases

As a reminder, access to purchases made on the PlayStation Store before July 2nd, 2021 will continue. This means that consumers who have purchased content for either system previously will retain access to their digital games and content on those devices.

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Once July 2nd arrives, however, the ability to purchase additional content directly through the PS3 and Vita stores will no longer be available. However, consumers will still have various options available to them in accessing digital content, including a selection of high-quality titles through various retailers’ digital offers. Additionally, many first party titles are now accessible through PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus which can offer gamers an expanded library of titles from the past and present.

Access to Content and Services

The PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Vita (Vita) consoles have always given players access to a vast library of content and services. However, with the upcoming launch of the PlayStation 5, both consoles will be left out of the next-gen experience. Unfortunately, this means that many of their core features, such as network gaming and streaming services, will no longer be available after Sony ends its support for those platforms.

For PS3 and Vita users, this could mean limited access to some content from earlier generations. However, those who own these consoles will still be able to enjoy physical games they may have purchased over the years. They can also purchase digital versions through the PlayStation Store if they own a valid PSN account. Additionally, classic titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 or popular hits such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will remain playable on these systems via backward compatibility support from Sony.

Many games available on these older consoles are being remixed for play on newer systems. Thus, gamers with a PS4 or who plan to upgrade to a PS5 soon can relive classic experiences with enhanced visuals and improved frame rates on their current console. Furthermore, some games previously available on the Vita are now playable on iOS and Android cases via remote play apps like Remote Play Together or RPlay from Rogue Amoeba Software LLC—allowing you to use your smartphone as a controller for many select titles!

Ultimately, PS3 and Vita owners will lose access to network-based gaming and other exclusive content in exchange for continuing access to compatible physical media such as discs or digital downloads through their online store account(s). Nevertheless, these classic consoles still offer plenty of entertainment options while they remain supported by Sony; fans should enjoy them while they can!