Sony clarified in a blog post that users will be able to access and play previously purchased titles and video content, as well as being able to redeem game and PlayStation Plus vouchers. But, once July 2nd rolls round, players won't have the opportunity to purchase new PlayStation 3 titles nor video content, and in-game purchases in games won't work either. Those with a stuffed PSN wallet won't say sayonara to their funds, fortunately, as these will be transferred to only being usable for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 products. If you're not interested in buying a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 (the latter is as rare as hen's teeth right now), then Sony confirms that you'll be able to request a refund of the value in the PSN wallet. Further information will be supplied in due course, so stick around for announcements.
Keep in mind that all of this applies for the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation Portable, too. Though it's sad that the stores are closing, it's expected of the company as the PlayStation 5 continues on its journey to redefine the PlayStation experience. As stated in an email sent to players, this is "in an effort to focus our resources for PlayStation Store on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, which will enable us to enhance the customer experience even further. We thank you for your support on these platforms throughout the years." So, our next task is to purchase everything that we want from those platforms, lest they be lost to the mist forever. And, can I just say, come on, Sony. You've got to treat the history of your own games (!) better than this.
Actually, that reminds me that PlayStation 4 players will have noticed the seriously good offerings in the Play At Home scheme for this spring. Ratchet & Clank has been given away for free this month - though the promotion ends tomorrow, so hop to it if you've not claimed it yet. Another nine games are available to download for free too, and these are available til April 22nd.
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