Sony Announces PlayStation Store Changes That'll Make it Harder to Get PSP, Vita, and PS3 Games

Sony Announces PlayStation Store Changes That'll Make it Harder to Get PSP, Vita, and PS3 Games

Listings for those older platforms will vanish from Sony's desktop and mobile storefronts.

With the arrival of the PlayStation 5 just a few weeks away, Sony's cleaning up parts of the PlayStation Store in anticipation of all the new downloads it'll have on offer. In an email that went out to PlayStation Plus members last night, Sony ran down a list of those changes, and while older titles and content won't be delisted outright from the Store, it'll be a bit harder to grab PSP, Vita, and PS3 content starting next week.

For the desktop and mobile versions of the PlayStation Store, listings for titles and add-ons from Sony's previous generation consoles and its two handhelds will simply go away. The removals from the Store website will start on Wednesday, Oct. 21, followed by the changes to mobile on Oct. 28.

Content already purchased for those systems won't be going away, and neither will people's ability to purchase it, but by the end of the month the only way to buy PS3, PSP, or Vita content will be by accessing the PlayStation Store on the system in question. While browsing through older Store listings on desktop or mobile isn't the best experience, it beats having to browse with the PS3 and handhelds themselves.

Also leaving the desktop and mobile versions of the Store are PS4 apps, themes, and avatars. (personally, I'd argue these are a bigger issue for PlayStation Store clutter, but that's just me). As with the older systems' games and add-ons, these listings will still be available when the Store is accessed from a PS4 console.

Just yesterday, Sony finally gave the world its first look at the PS5's user interface. We haven't seen real deep into the PS5's Store interface just yet, but hopefully it'll be cleanly organized for the sake of grabbing next-gen games and apps—just don't expect to maintain your whole PlayStation digital library from your new console.

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