Sony Is Shutting Down The PSP Online Store

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It looks like the PSP's finally entering its final stretch of life, as unfortunate as that is.

Sony has officially announced that the PlayStation Store for PSP will be shuttered on March 31 for the SCEA region. It's already been taken down in Europe as of 2014.

But don't worry about the content you've already paid for and downloaded. You'll still be able to access it, as well as make in-game purchases. You just won't be able to access the PlayStation Store.

As of right now, Sony hasn't given an explanation as to why this decision has been made, but it likely has to do with the eventual shuttering that'll probably happen with the handheld.

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    February 29, 2016 3:10 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Sony Is Shutting Down The PSP Online Store

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      February 29, 2016 4:05 PM

      Huh.... does this mean no re-downloading stuff you've already bought?

      Also wonder if there's anything else I should buy in the meantime.

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      February 29, 2016 4:10 PM

      Wait so are they removing all PSP titles from the PSN Store?

      So now it will be almost impossible to play a non-emulator version of P3P...?

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        February 29, 2016 5:04 PM

        You're assuming that people are buying things on the PSP Online Store. If it was making money, you can bet they'd keep it open.

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          February 29, 2016 5:06 PM

          Is it costing them money to keep a section of an online store available?

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            February 29, 2016 5:18 PM

            Yes? That's how technology works? It doesn't magically keep itself up.

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              February 29, 2016 7:07 PM

              I'm just questioning how much money it's really costing them to keep up what is most likely a tiny part of their storefront. It's not like they're going to be taking down an enormous or data-intensive part of the store.

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                February 29, 2016 7:20 PM

                If they're closing it down then I imagine the cost to benefit ratio isn't quite there.

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                  February 29, 2016 7:23 PM

                  Yeah I would assume as much. I'm just curious just how much its costing them to host what little PSP content there is on their store.

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                February 29, 2016 7:23 PM

                I'm sure it's a unique delivery backend with a unique PSP only application stack. Plus you've got update device firmwares to support SSL changes etc.

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        February 29, 2016 5:18 PM

        A. You can buy a physical version.
        B. You can access your downloads ouside the store from just about any device and have them pushed to your device.

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          February 29, 2016 6:08 PM

          You're fucked if you have a PSP Go i guess?

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            February 29, 2016 6:09 PM

            people who owned the psp go were fucked the moment they bought that thing

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          February 29, 2016 7:28 PM

          Yeah after re-reading the article I think I understand what you mean by your second point.

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            February 29, 2016 8:38 PM

            I buy a ps* game from pc online and it immediately asks me if I want to download it to whatever appropriate device(s) I have tied to my account. It also gives you a list of everything you've ever bought and lets you queue updates.

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        February 29, 2016 7:27 PM

        Ok hold on so after re-reading the article it seems like they might just be shutting down the ability to access the store from a physical PSP? Not necessarily taking all PSP content from the store.

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      February 29, 2016 5:36 PM

      The dark side of digital game distribution

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        February 29, 2016 7:51 PM

        Definitely. It's going to be really sad in 20 years when there are libraries of games we can't play anymore.

        Even more worring with this Denuvo thing, apparently it's making it near impossible to pirate certain games. I don't pirate games, but I'm glad they're pirated, because it means there will be a working version of the game to play in 20 years when the authentication/download servers are long gone.

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      February 29, 2016 7:59 PM

      I know it's been said, but damn am I disappointed in the PSP as a whole.

      Complete lack of decent developer support and less than stellar list of games and that amazing hardware is nearly a complete waste.

      Seriously not even a single NHL game.

      One uncharted game (that was great!)

      A bunch of JRPG crap.

      Ugh.

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        February 29, 2016 8:41 PM

        Nintendo grabbing the Monster Hunter series was the real nail in the coffin. The original PSP would have died if Monster Hunter didn’t bring it back from the grave.

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        February 29, 2016 8:50 PM

        PSP or VITA?

        or both lol

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      February 29, 2016 10:09 PM

      Digital PSP games work on Vita. I seriously doubt that they'll go so far as to remove PSP titles from the store.

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