Sony is bringing in some sweeping changes to the PlayStation Store later this month, as revealed by an internal email that has since leaked online.
The email, sent out by Sony to its partners, outlines the changes that will be coming later this month. According to the email – which we have not verified as being genuine – the changes will come into effect on October 19th. From that date, there will be a new PlayStation Store for mobile and web, but players’ existing wishlists will be reset. No big deal for us, then – if you really want a game, you’ll have remembered it and it’ll be easy enough to add it back to your wishlist once the new store goes live.
The big change here is the removal of PS3, PSP, and PS Vita games from the PlayStation Store. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it does sound bad. From October 19th, you won’t be able to buy PS3, PSP, or PS Vita games via the revamped PlayStation Store, but you will be able to access them via the appropriate console’s storefront. Basically, if you want to buy a PS3 game, you’ll have to boot up your PS3 and buy it from the awfully slow-loading PS3 PlayStation Store. Likewise, if you want to buy a PS Vita game, you’ll have to do it from the console itself.
In addition, themes, apps, and avatars will also be removed – and that’s for PS4, too. However, these can be downloaded directly from the PS4’s PS Store, so it’s not a big issue.
The big takeaway here is that you aren’t losing your content, just the ability to buy new games for old hardware on a new storefront. Now that’s a complicated sentence to say out and understand.
Source: PlanetVita (French language)