By the end of 2021, Sony will close stores for older consoles - the third, Portable and Vita. The closure of stores means that buying games will no longer be available. Such a move on the part of the company may signal the end of the life cycles of older versions of consoles.
Based on official information, the PS3 and PSP stores will close in July and the PS Vita store in August. As a result, not only the game purchase function will be unavailable, but also in-game purchases, as well as gift certificates. In general, certificates can only be used on PS4 or PS5.
However, some of the features will remain: You can still re-download previously purchased and free games, use PS Plus vouchers as long as your subscription is active. To open previously downloaded content, you just need to open the downloads tab.
Interestingly, on the official PlayStation website, the developers answer a few more questions related to store closings. Sony emphasizes that this "will not affect users in any way" and their PlayStation Plus membership, and all games they bought on older consoles will be available through their PlayStation Now account.
The company's official announcement was in response to rumors about the closure of the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita stores. In addition, Sony closed an online store that sold games for older consoles.