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Sony Will Be Keeping the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita Stores Open

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In a surprising twist, Sony has reversed their decision to close the Playstation 3 and PS Vita digital storefronts.

Come the beginning of July you won’t be able to buy games or media on the PSP but, thanks to this dramatic U-turn, you will still be able to buy PS Vita and PS3 games.

“We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations,” reads Sony’s statement.

There certainly was a great deal of furore surrounding the decision; it would have meant that, while people who’ve purchased PS3 games would be able to re-download them, no-one would be able to buy new PS3 or PS Vita games.

Nor would it just have been end users that suffered. Studios who sold games on those platforms would see their revenue cut off which, to a small independent studio, could have been a real blow.

So does this mean the Playstation 3 and PS Vita are safe forever? Not entirely, though we can’t see Sony attempting this again for at least another five years. We’ve not totalled up how much we’ve spent on digital purchases and, honestly, we’re a little afraid to. But this near miss should make you realise just how uncertain the digital future can be.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.