PlayStation Portable’s PS Store Closing in Japan

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

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Sony Computer Entertainment of Japan recently took to their website to announce the closing of PlayStation Store services for the PlayStation Portable on March 31st of next year in Japan. New PlayStation Portable content will not be accessible via the PlayStation Store through the handheld itself, but PSP content can be downloaded via other platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. You can also re-download content that you’ve already purchased. Additionally, the UMD Passport Service (a program Sony is running whereby PlayStation Portable users can register game UMD’s with Sony and access a digital version for use with the Vita) will also be ending at the end of March of next year in Japan.

While the PlayStation Portable ultimately ended behind its competitor the Nintendo DS in hardware sales, it was an important platform. It was Sony’s first foray into handheld gaming, and also placed more emphasis on additional features like a video player. If some of Sony’s recent comments on the Vita are any indication, handheld platform development won’t be a priority for the company in the near future. It’s also worth noting that certain games really thrived on the platform too. The Monster Hunter series grew to prominence on it in Japan, too. The God Eater series also got its start on the PlayStation Portable.

It has been at least a decade since the PlayStation Portable was released in three major commercial regions (North America, PAL, Japan) and productions of new units has since discontinued. Gaming companies seem to be closing more of their services for the platform, as with Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity‘s multiplayer servers being closed this summer by SEGA. At the least, it seems to difficult to argue that ample time hasn’t been given for people to make use of online services for the PlayStation Portable.

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Paul Kainoa Vigil has been playing video games for as long as he can remember. His tastes are varied, ranging from action platformers to RPG's, and even the occasional adventure game or visual novel. His gaming tastes are almost as interesting as his backlog of games, which continue to grow.




  • Tara

    With this announcement, I’m pretty sure that they’ll be closing the PS Store for all other regions on PSP as well, considering they’re very unlikely to *just* close it in Japan, especially since that was the region the PSP had the most success in. It’s unfortunate, but it was still a very good run. Hopefully the content will remain available indefinitely, but this is also uncharted territory we’re getting into with this, as this is the first console of the digital download/DLC era that has closed its online store. (Even the Wii still has the Shop Channel active, despite the other online services going offline.)

  • Superr Mann

    That sucks but I’m sure you can get content elsewhere like it was stated.