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 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 Full support will be withdrawn at the start of next year, but the application for the PS Vita and PlayStation TV has already been removed from the PlayStation Store as of September 15th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.
Sony have announced that with immediate effect the YouTube and Map applications on the PS Vita have been discontinued. In addition, some features of the Near app will also be removed. The YouTube app has already been removed from the PlayStation and support for the app will cease on April 20th 2015.
Sony is finally letting go of the PSP – it’s first handheld game console – with production stopping in Japan effective immediately. The console has sold over 80 million units worldwide. Current owners of the PSP will also be able to trade in the handheld for the newer console: the PS Vita.