The PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Portable, and the PlayStation Vita will see their respective PlayStation Store close down this summer, and many of their games will follow it into the grave.
VGC has created an overview to see the three platforms’ PlayStation Store-exclusive games that only got a digital release. The result is shocking: nearly 2200 titles will be gone. ~630 of them are digital-only PlayStation Vita games, ~730 of them are PlayStation 3 games, the PSP games are just a couple in our case, but the rest is shocking: 293 PlayStation Minis, 336 PS2 Classics, and roughly ~260 PS1 Classics (particularly on PSP and Vita).
They added that the vast majority of the 2200 games are available on older PlayStation consoles or PC, but there are still some that will become Xbox-exclusives Beyond Good & Evil HD, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Rayman 3 HD, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD, SoulCalibur II HD Online, Resident Evil Code: Veronica X, or the two Bionic Commando games). Still, you will have 120 exclusives that outright disappear into the digital aether after the closure. Some games only got a release on a single platform, with no re-release elsewhere (Infamous: Festival of Blood, Echochrome II, Lumines Supernova, The Last Guy, Rain, Trash Panic, Pain, PixelJunk Racers, Tokyo Jungle, TxK, MotorStorm RC…).
The saddest part is that there are a few titles that aren’t even a decade old yet (including the PlayStation Vita games, as the Vita itself didn’t hit that age yet!). Preservation will not be an easy thing, and legal access will only be presented for those who buy these games. Everyone else will have to resort to other solutions, given how there will be no disc version for these games.
Games must be preserved, but games that require server connections (Outriders, Marvel’s Avengers, Need For Speed 2015, etc…) don’t help the case.