In the years following its debut, the PlayStation Network became a treasure trove of current and classic games released throughout PlayStation history, giving new and old fans alike the chance to experience great games on newer hardware. However, Summer 2021 will see Sony effectively shut down the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita online stores for good, cutting fans off from being able to purchase classic PlayStation games, rare or otherwise. On July 2, the PS3 and PSP stores will shut down, while the PS Vita online shop will run until August 27.
Across the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita’s libraries, there was a wealth of games that have not only become well-loved titles within the gaming community, but there are others that would go on to define the PlayStation’s identity as a platform. While many of these games will still be available with physical copies, the age and scarcity of