From the three planned shutdowns, only two will happen; Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) possibly realized that they got too many critiques for their mentality, which is somewhat close to „delete the past altogether.”
„Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for [the] PlayStation 3 and [the] PlayStation Vita devices were planned to end this summer. Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita devices. [The] PlayStation Portable commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021, as planned.
When we initially decided to end purchasing support for [the] PlayStation 3 and [the] PlayStation Vita, it was born out of several factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on. We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations,” Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of SIE, wrote on the PlayStation Blog.
Let’s put away Ryan’s PR talk, because he is a businessman, let’s put it bluntly. Sony possibly cashed in on the last-second purchases on the two platforms, as the PSP will see its PlayStation Store close on July 2. Due to the boost in sales, it makes them reconsider keeping the store open on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita… but remember: we are talking about the same Jim Ryan who previously called backwards compatibility a dumb thing… and Sony can gain trust (or regain it) by starting to support full backwards compatibility.
So only the PSP is going to face its judgment in a little over two months.