Well…it turns out everybody freaking out about Sony shuttering the online Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita stores was pretty much unneeded; Sony’s flopped on their initial decision and have decided to continue supporting them after all. The PSP Store’s still being shut though, so it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
According to a post by Jim Ryan (the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment) on the Playstation Blog, the decision to not shutter the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita stores stems from the vocal communities who protested the decision. Whether that’s the truth or not, that’s for you to decide.
Personally, I haven’t touched a Playstation 3 or a Playstation Vita for more than a decade, so I wasn’t really too bummed out anyway. It’s not like Sony supports Backwards Compatibility for those consoles, so there’s really no reason for me to care.
But hey, there are probably a ton of people who do, and this decision’s sure to please them.
I wonder if this is a beginning of a big chance for Sony. It could be the start of a Backwards Compatibility plan! Sure, the Playstation 5 doesn’t have the hardware to emulate the Playstation 3 or Playstation Vita, but I reckon it could go the software emulator route to emulate the Playstation 3 by sheer brute horsepower.
I’d be mighty please if that happened too as there are a TON of Playstation 3 games that aren’t playable on modern machines. To this day, I still wonder why Sony nixed the idea of legacy Backwards Compatibility (from the PS1 to PS3) for the Playstation 5.
Microsoft’s and their drive to continuously improve their Backwards Compatibility tech on the Xbox Series consoles is seriously kicking Sony’s ass, especially when older games get improved with the beefier hardware! If only Sony would follow suit…