Sony is Killing PSN Support for PSP on September 15th

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Well that didn’t take long – back in June, Sony had announced the measure to discontinue the Playstation Portable, their debut handheld that had been available for roughly a decade.

Now, we’ve learned that Sony is effectively killing off native Playstation Network functionality on all Playstation Portable models – including the PSP Go, a device that is entirely reliant on digital downloads. Beginning on September 15th, when you try to access the Playstation Store, it will simply direct you to the Sony online web store.

This will not be implemented via a firmware update but rather a change on the server side of the Playstation Portable’s accessibility. Let me clarify a few things before you go reaching for your pitchfork and torch.

You’ll still be able to purchase and download games for your PSP via the Sony webstore, or via your Playstation 3, and transfer them to the device. It’s not as convenient, but it’s not like digital versions of Playstation Portable games are disappearing.

So do you guys still own/use a PSP? With many PSP games being available on the Vita (although many are only available on UMD), it’s still disheartening to see what might be the final nail in the PSP’s coffin.

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  1. Ryan Marshall
    Ryan Marshall
    September 10, 2014 at 6:03 am

    The PSP Go is my main portable system, because I haven’t finished playing through the whole backlog of games (and classic titles). This change will be incredibly inconvenient for me.

  2. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    September 10, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Sad, but understandable in a way.

    My PSP has sit unplayed since I got my Vita in November of 2012 (amazon had a 1 hour sale of the White Vita bundle at $199).

    I just wish that all the PSP games were digital on the PSN. It’s sad that 5 of my favorite Vita RPGs (PoPoLoCrois, Phantasy star portable 1 and 2, and Star Ocean 1 and 2) are STILL not digital and backwards compatible with the Vita.

    So I’ve been forced to emulate them on my PC, sadly.

  3. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    September 10, 2014 at 6:23 am

    So sad, it’s the end of an era. PSP is one of my favorite consoles of all time.

  4. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    September 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Yeah that’s what bothers me most about this too. Those games are essentially going out of print now which is ridiculous for a digital game. They’ve been shown to work fine they just don’t want to pay licensing fees or something.

  5. Phelan
    September 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

    It is not inconvenient UNLESS you have
    A. PS3 – not all PSP owners bought PS3, some of them have Xbox 360 right?
    B. Windows – you can’t install Media Go on MAC or Linux…

    That’s why I will never ever understand people who “buy” (or rather rent) digital games. It is weird thing to do… I mean… wasting money or digital product. Why anyone is doing it?

    For example…
    I didn’t buy SAO because it was digital only… do I want to play game? sure I do! But wasting money for something which doesn’t even exist is way beyond my comprehension skills.

  6. Joshua
    September 10, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Played my PSP while waiting for people to get done shopping in Wal-Mart today. Doubt I’ll ever stop taking it with me.

  7. artemisthemp
    September 10, 2014 at 6:29 am

    This only affect PSP owners who, doesn’t own a Vita or PS3 (which their most likely are people off).

    Also the PSP won’t connect to Network with WPA or WPA2 security so, you would need to disable or lower the security to WEP anyway

    September 10, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Well I never buy a digital copy of a game that has a physical release available, and I tend bot to be too keen on most digital only games so stuff like this do not affect me as long as physical releases are still an option.

  9. B.E.
    September 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Personally..I find digital content a hell of a lot more attractive then physical media these days. Disks gets scratched, lost, and/or broken. They take up space some of us don’t have. Digital goods have none of those features. And, while I can’t sell them back to gamestop…I don’t tend to do that with my games anyhow.

    I like being able to download all the games I own onto my psp/vita/ds..and play any of them I want when I’m away from home. I do not, in the slightest, miss the days of disk swapping installations.

    I will still buy physical media if there is some appeal to me. I do not think its ancient history, but over all i find the fear of digital products by people to be silly.

    Like..do people think developers are going to secretly delete all their digital games/music/movies overnight just to spite them? Do people see this announcement and go “This is just the first step, next a automated firmware update to delete all existing digital games from psp’s everywhere.”? I certainly don’t.

    I am honestly curious, and not trying to straw-man the other side here. I am honestly curious. All I’ve seen argument wise though tends to be of the “I am afraid my games won’t exist tomorrow’..which I just can not fathom.

  10. landlock
    September 10, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I stil play the PSP to this day and still have quite a few JRPGs still to play. Thankfully there psychical titles though so that’s OK.

    Guess we won’t be getting anymore Natsume/Kemco PSP RPGs though the last one wasn’t released that long ago. End Of Serenity.

  11. Grandadylongstik
    September 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Do you guys think sony will be done with handhelds after the vita? Ihope not.

  12. sanic
    September 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Eh guess it just means more people adding CFW to their PSP.

  13. nonscpo
    September 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Don’t think so, but I’m sure they’ll try to merge it with whatever tablet brand they’ll have next gen.

  14. nonscpo
    September 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I felt the same way too for a very long time, however these days I rarely take my 3DS out.

  15. nonscpo
    September 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    SAO might have been worth it if it wasn’t for that price tag. Seriously I honestly believe that no digital game should exceed $30/€30/£30!

  16. Vinzenz Stemberg
    Vinzenz Stemberg
    September 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    It’s honestly retarded to do so since the parent company is still around, what they should do is just push review sites to play old shit and then put out recs. Stuff like Last Regnum and Final Armada I found totally by accident because nobody reported on them and they’re pretty good. Also unavailable physically due to limited quantities from small companies. Digital is supposed to be a way so NOTHING goes out of print, just look at all the PC game companies that either sell their old works, abandoned them, or offer them up for free on their own site. Old games make better advertising than practically any ad campaign.

  17. Vinzenz Stemberg
    Vinzenz Stemberg
    September 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    That name….That horribly fitting naming, why ;_;

  18. Vinzenz Stemberg
    Vinzenz Stemberg
    September 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    that’s the nice thing about UMDs though, they could be played through their protective casing…if only CDs and DVDs would adopt this, because then you don’t need any special cleaning tools for wiping them down. Heck CDs should have become music UMDs long ago and UMD should have moved into sony’s music line. They really fucked up with that. With as much space taken up as a deck of cards you could have 5 full albums. I am always near out of space on p much any of my devices so I always go for physical when possible. They really could have gone somewhere with shrinking CDs into a more portable and protected format. (plus imagine the fun competition between writeable UMDs and USB)