PS3, PSP, and Vita listings are about to vanish from the PlayStation Store on desktop and mobile


To buy legacy games, you’ll need to break out your old systems

Sony is about to make a frustrating change to the PlayStation Store that’s going to hit desktop and mobile users the hardest. Soon, it will no longer be possible to buy PS3, PSP, or Vita games (or their DLC) from the PlayStation Store if you’re browsing on a web browser or mobile device. That restricted access also goes for apps, themes, and avatars – and the wishlist feature is being “discontinued” too.

What’s the deal? Sony is cleaning house for the fast-approaching PlayStation 5.

The company sent out an email to PlayStation users yesterday with details about these (previously rumored) PlayStation Store changes and when they will take effect. On desktop, the switchover will happen sometime next week. On mobile devices, the removal is happening on October 28, 2020.

Under the new setup, if you want to buy a PlayStation 3, PSP, or PS Vita game, you’ll need to do so on your original system using its less-than-ideal storefront. (One of the big reasons why this change is such an annoyance.) If you want to get PS4 apps, themes, or avatars, you’ll need to use your PS4.

To be clear, your purchases aren’t being revoked – “you will still be able to access all your previously purchased PS3, PSP, or PS Vita content as before,” according to Sony. The issue is ease of access.

As for the web-based wishlist feature going away, I don’t get it. That’s just irritating. If you’ve got a bunch of potential games stockpiled for a rainy day, it’s time to take notes and plan accordingly.

Discontinued PlayStation Apps, Features and Services [PlayStation Support]