Sony is Shutting Down the Playstation Store for PSP in Japan on March 31, 2016

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced they’re shutting down the PlayStation Store for PSP owners in Japan.

The service will shut down on March 31st of next year. Naturally, this means you won’t be able to purchase and download content remotely via the PSP PlayStation Store.

However, Sony is still offering PSP content on the PlayStation web store, as well as the PlayStation 3 store, and the PS Vita store. Previously bought PSP content is still eligible for being downloaded directly to the PSP.

Finally, Sony also confirmed their mostly forgotten/unsupported UMD passport service is also being shut down, on the same day.

It remains to be seen if the western branches of the PSP store will also share a similar fate, but we’ll keep you guys posted.


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  1. dogmentation
    November 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    This is the reason I don’t put a lot of faith in digital distribution services.
    You buy a game with Steam or equivalent, and you own it as long as it doesn’t get pulled, or the service goes under, or you lose your login.
    You buy a cartridge or disc? You own that shit forever.

  2. BaronKrause
    November 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    But in the age of Patches and DLC, that disk is just an unpatched bare bones/missing content version of that game. No thanks.

    Be like loading up my Orange Box HL2 disk and installing/playing it without patching.

  3. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    November 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    As bad as playing that might be, it’d still be better than not being able to play it at all.

  4. Para-Medic
    November 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Sure you own the physical disc, but only a license to the software on it. Your ability to play it could in theory still be revoked by a remote software update.

    If you’re that paranoid just disconnect completely.

  5. deadeye
    November 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Did you miss the part where it says the game are still available via the web store, PS3 store and Vita store?

    The service is still there, they’re just cutting out PSP functionality. Which is totally understandable. They can’t support something that very, very few people use and is more of a drain than anything else.

    Also, the problem I have with this argument is the implication that absolutely nothing can happen to a disk or cartridge. I mean, I guess if you keep them sealed in a big ass vault, or something.

    Also, it’s usually at this point where I bring up the fact that digital distribution has allowed games to exist that could never have existed before. Making physical copies of a game is a huge expense, and not everyone can afford that. It’s also a way for big companies to make small budget games that allow them to take risks that they couldn’t with big releases. I’ve played some fantastic games that are only available through digital distribution.

    Also, Good Old Games is a notable exception, as their games don’t have DRM. You download the game, you can store it on a bunch of back up hard drives, and you’ll have it forever. There’s no CD key, no online check to see if you own it, it just runs. You can also back up steam games, though you still need to run them through steam to play them again. Although there are actually a handful of Steam games that don’t need Steam at all.

  6. Nagato
    November 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t think I can agree with that anymore in this age of shipping games unfinished to meet dates rather than standards.

    If the unpatched (and dlc-less) vanilla launch day disc version of a Bethesda game is going to be the historical record preserved for the ages, it honestly might as well not be there at all.

    Honestly takes away from the value that collecting console games used to have to me up to the sixth gen, where being able to patch games later on wasn’t the regular the regular train of thought just yet. Although on the other hand, I do remember game-breaking bugs making it to disc from Ubisoft (PoP:WW) and even Nintendo (LoZ:TP) back then as well.

  7. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    November 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    The online store will never go down; you just can’t download games directly from the console. There’s nothing preventing you from making backups of your digital content and online store services such as Google Drive and Dropbox will be online long after we are dead, meaning you can have everything safely stored for you to access~.

  8. Para-Medic
    November 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    +1 Damn man, you nailed it on the head. XD

  9. sanic
    November 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I prefer physical too but if it’s about security digital is likely better, it can’t be stolen off your shelf, if your house burns down it’s redownloadable, and it can’t be scratched rendering it useless.

  10. Antoinant
    November 27, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    “Did you miss the part where it says the game are still available via the web store, PS3 store and Vita store?”
    Which will be cut too for the consoles in the near future kek.

    “Also, the problem I have with this argument is the implication that absolutely nothing can happen to a disk or cartridge.”
    Unless some unfortunate incident happen (natural disaster or robbery), they both last longer than a HDD if taken care.

    “Also, it’s usually at this point where I bring up the fact that digital distribution has allowed games to exist that could never have existed before.”
    Yup plenty of bugged & unfinished products or trash flash games. You will be also told you’re entitled if you expect some quality products from the devs. If anything, digital made everything worse in the vidya field overall.

  11. daggot △
    daggot △
    November 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    You can’t try to use this as the crux of you’re argument because all of the users games will still be available via ps3/vita and the official website.

  12. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    November 27, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    While I see where you’re coming from and actually mostly agree with you, that’s entirely the fault of shitty devs/publishers rather than a fault of the physical release.

  13. DizzyGear
    November 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    IIRC they shut down the PSP store in NA/EU last year. But all it means is that you cant access the store from a PSP anymore.

  14. dogmentation
    November 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Calm your nips. I understood exactly what the article said. I just stated that the ability to close storefronts and revoke content are what make me uneasy about digital distribution.

    The act of selling games or game data online isn’t what bothers me. it’s when a digital distro company sets themselves up as an authoritative entity who decides when and where you’re allowed to enjoy your purchases.

    We know for a fact that companies can willfully discontinue support for online services and features at any time, leaving gaping holes in multiplayer or accessibility functions. Pokemon Dream World, P.T., any of a hundred dead MMOs…They all do it, culling titles every year in part if not in whole. It’s not hard to imagine an eventuality where certain digital purchases fall prey to platform deprecation. How long, do you think, until Sony stops providing digital downloads of purchased PSP software altogether, owing to a “drain” on support overhead? There’s almost certainly a proviso in the fine print that authorizes it.

    It’s not that “nothing can happen to a disc or cartridge,” it’s that no one at the company can stop me from playing it, or take it away from me once I own the physical media. Being banned from Steam or deleting your NNID is equivalent to someone marching into your home and walking off with all your DVDs. They are physically preventing you from playing games that you legitimately purchased.

    I will always prefer the comfort and security of a physical copy, or at the every least, a physical backup. Like buying music that streams from the cloud versus owning a CD or having MP3s on SD. My 30 year old NES carts still work fine, and barring some sort of media failure, a backed up GOG installer would last just as long. I own the Witcher 3 from GOG, and I have 30+ GB of installers and patchers backed up on a flashdrive. I don’t need the internet to complete the download or authorize it on a new PC in any way.

  15. Sunny11
    November 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

    got rekt by deadeye lol, read properly before you speak utter shit

  16. Antoinant
    November 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    deadeye only proved that gamers are willing to get screwed more

  17. Antoinant
    November 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    “Also, it’s usually at this point where I bring up the fact that digital distribution has allowed games to exist that could never have existed before”

    Yup plenty of unfinished, bugged, day1-DLC releases, not to mention all the crappy flash games. Also killing any possibility to sell back a game too since everything is tied to an account. You’re also considered as an entitled person if you expect quality products from the devs.

    Digital made everything worse overall in the vidya field, the way it was handled.

  18. Sunny11
    November 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    yeah sure nice try alt account

  19. Antoinant
    November 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Sure thing faggot
    Enjoy never owning anything and get screwed by the rampant decrease of quality thanks to digital.

  20. Sunny11
    November 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Cry some more kid and go tell that to someone who gives a fuck, lel

  21. Antoinant
    November 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Certainly not the gamers

  22. Sunny11
    November 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    yeah keep telling that to yourself kid and keep crying

  23. MrAndrewJ
    November 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I want to think the same thing. I have to go through a journey of downloading PSP games onto a PS3, then transferring them by USB cable. Even the old PC based solution doesn’t seem to work any more.

    Thankfully most of the PSP games I want to play had been bought as UMDs. The rest were mostly already on the device.

  24. Essain Liniar
    Essain Liniar
    November 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This is a very tricky subject. On one hand, I prefer physical because it’s always there and if feels like you have paid for something. But on the other hand, you only have that one copy of the game in a disc, which you can’t make a copy off or re-download if the disc gets scratch or broken or burnt down in a fire.

    Unlikely to happen if you take care of your stuff but it’s out there. Another point is that what happens if the developers want to patch the game due to it having a game breaking bug? That patch won’t get saved on the disc and you will always have to re-download it from which ever new console you put that disc in. What about DLC, etc?

    The positives to digital is that while you get nothing “physically” you can save the game on a disc, HDD or USB. Even patches that you download can be saved and backed up. Not to mention that PCs will last way longer than the console the game debuted in at the time, PCs are forever. And I don’t mean to turn this into a console/PC war, I play on both and both have their strengths and weaknesses.

    I still prefer even though it’s mostly gone away with due to easy accessibility and the idioticness of people – PC physical DRM-free games, those were the goat, especially in the nice boxes that they came in. It felt like you owned something and you can show it off.

  25. NuclearKangaroo
    November 28, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    except when you lose your disc or it gets scratched or broken

    atleast with Steam/GoG as long as i have my login information, my PC can expontaneously combust and even then i could still redownload my games no problem