PS3, PSP, Vita games discontinued from browser based and mobile PS Store starting October 21st

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This seems especially shitty for the PSP considering the store front on the PSP itself shut down awhile back, which apparently they forgot in this e-mail, which says "However, you will still be able to buy PS3™, PSP or PS Vita content by accessing PS Store directly from your PS3, PSP or PS Vita.". Also makes me wonder how much longer those Vita and PS3 stores stay up too.

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Really wish Sony put the effort in to emulate these platforms on PS5 so we could keep these libraries around going forward. I'd really like to box up my PS3 and play games like MGS 4 and Beatles Rock Band on PS5.

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This is super crappy for a number of reasons. Not least of which because the PS Vita and PS3 stores suck. I use my PS3 fairly regularly and downloading stuff that's not on the hard drive is just always a pain. I own basically everything I want on both systems (especially now that they no longer do PS3 and Vita game sales) but accessing that content and even knowing what I own is already a mess.

I would bet this is at least partially about discoverability because the PSN store interface sucks so much ass and any time you try to look for something you end up seeing tons of old games and DLC and even themes and avatars. Xbox store is better because it groups DLC under games and doesn't populate it into searches in the same way. Looking through PSN sales was always a nightmare because they'd be stuffed with 99 cent themes that nobody wanted.

One reason that backwards compatibility on Xbox is so great is because it means that the Xbox 360 store will probably never die, since they can continue selling those games forever. Even moreso with Gamepass because Xbox 360 games are often cheap filler titles.

Digital online stores should all be like Steam where you can access whatever you bought indefinitely. I understood when the ancient console stores closed (like original Xbox and even the Nintendo Wii) because they weren't thinking about backwards compatibility and future proofing, but those things should be obvious concerns at this point, and they should have solutions. People are still playing their old systems! And while they may not sell a lot of digital games for systems that old, they will sell more digital games in the future if people are confident that they will still be around when they want them later down the line. Letting me download Ratchet Deadlocked on my PS3 means I am more likely to buy Ratchet and Clank digitally on my PS5 some day.

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Removing the Wishlist thing seems crappy. Assuming this is for the PS4 content aswell. Maybe/hopefully replacing with a better one for PS5? Or maybe this is discontinued Wishlist for discontinued content. Unclear.

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Hopefully you can still access your full download list and add to the download queue from the website. I use PSDLE (for chrome) as the main way to search though my list of old PS3/PSP/Vita games, and for de-listed games it is far easier then scrolling though the download list which can only be looked at by purchased date. And the last time i used the download list from the PS3 it would crash after scrolling for so long, and im not sure if its in the regular PS3 store since that thing ran like trash and i just used the website from then on as my main way of purchasing games.

And if you just have a PSP you might be screwed? but with a PS3 you should still be able to buy and install from there.

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The eradication of the wishlist feature is completely bonkers, to me.

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#7  Edited By mewarmo990

This seems like a loss for (legal) game preservation, especially as PSP parts availability declines and repairing old systems will be harder. At least there are still cheap Chinese batteries on eBay.

That said, I've since migrated over to playing emulated backups of games I already own, upscaled on my TV in 1080p, using Steam Link, with a Switch Pro Controller. :P

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@lego_my_eggo: Wow, thank you so much for the link to that browser plugin!!! I was going to manually catalog all my Ps3/Vita digital purchases in a spreadsheet this weekend before the web store goes kaput (mainly for ease of reference later on, but also to download some stuff onto my Vita I may have forgotten about...turns out I own more digital PSP/PS1 games than I remember) - that plugin made it trivial to export the info and save it off. You saved me a lot of work this weekend :)

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I never had a PS3 or either Sony handheld, so that part doesn't affect me (though I understand that is sucks). Losing the wishlist is insane, though. So much easier to wishlist a game and just refresh every few days to see if anything has gone on sale. Especially since Sony seems to run two or three different sales concurrently on a regular basis. With this change, I would have to write the games down, keep the list by my computer and then manually look up each game to see what the price is. I have bought so many more games on Sony than XBox primarily because of this wishlist. Really strange decision.

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Weird that the wishlist and themes are going away. I guess it's one of those bean-counting "this line went slightly below this line on the graph" decisions.

I'm actually here to recommend downloading the very rad Songbringer PS4 theme while you still can. I've never played or even seen Songbringer but I will happily use that theme forever.

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Welp, time to buy all of those Senran Kagura .jpegs apparently.

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Oh for fucks sake.

Well I guess I'm gonna have to make a list of every PS3 game I have on my wishlist right now so I can remember all of them. There are a bunch of PS1 and 2 games they have digitally up there that I really wanted to get, and a few actual PS3 games.

Sony, you're lucky you're the platform to go to for JRPGs and other niche japanese games or I would have given you up for xbox years ago.

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The less effort companies (intentionally or not) make towards backwards compatibility, the less I care to buy their consoles. There are some genuinely great PSP RPGs that will never get touched now unless someone does the work to rebuild them from the ground up, which would just be a bafflingly bad business decision.