Sony confirmed that PlayStation Store will be retired for PS3, PS Vita and PSP on computer browsers and also official Android and iOS apps. The information was released in a statement sent to PSN users via email. The changes start to take effect between the 21st and 28th of October.
A rumor circulating a few days ago said that Sony planned to limit the remote PS Store to PS4 and PS5 content, including not only digital games, but also DLC, the additional downloadable content.
Between the days October 21 and 26 the changes take effect on the PS Store web version. Android and iOS apps will remove content on the day 28 the same month.
Anyone who still wants to use the PS Store to buy games on the PS3 and PS Vita must make purchases and browse the games using the store’s app within the devices themselves, whether console or laptop.
On the PSP, the PlayStation Store was completely shut down in 2016, making it impossible to access old titles. But some PSP content can be purchased through PS Vita, to be used on Sony’s latest laptop.
Sony further clarifies that Avatars, Themes and Applications will also be removed from the PS Store on the web and mobile platforms. Any previously downloaded content, however, will remain associated with the account of the user who downloaded it.
An additional novelty is that the “Wish List” function will also be permanently discontinued.
The company has not stated an official reason for the move, but most likely it is to focus efforts on launching the PS5 and backward compatible PS4 games.