Sony has announced that the native PlayStation Store, available on the PSP, will be closing at the end of this month. However, owners of Sony’s first portable console will still be able to purchase games and access their library from the web-based PlayStation Store. Users will also still have the ability to make in-game purchases from their PSP system.
The days of the PlayStation TV are numbered, as Sony stops shipping the device in Japan and has halted production of the device. Also known as the PlayStation Vita TV in Japan, the device has been around for just a little over 2 years, and allowed gamers to play a subset of PS Vita games on a large screen.
Sony has effectively sealed the fate of the PS Vita going forward after announcing that it is stopping development of first-party titles to focus on the PS4. SCE Senior VP Masayasu Ito revealed that there are no first-party titles in development, and since third parties are still developing for the PS Vita, Sony will be focusing on the PS4 instead.
While the PS Vita is a great portable console, it hasn’t had much success around the world. In the four years that it’s been available, it’s faced heavy competition from the Nintendo 3DS, and gaming on portable devices such as mobile phones. In fact, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida says that because of the latter, a successor to the PS Vita is unlikely at the moment.
Sony has announced that it is terminating support for Facebook on the PS3 and PS Vita. Full support will be withdrawn at the start of next year, but the application for the PS Vita and PlayStation TV has already been removed from the PlayStation Store as of September 15th 2015. Support will continue for the PS4 so you can continue to upload videos and screenshots.