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.