Sony will not be discontinuing support for the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 3 and Vita devices, as was previously planned. Jim Ryan, Sony President and CEO, announced today via the PlayStation Blog that while the PSP will still lose access to the PlayStation Store on the 2nd July, no other system will suffer the same fate. He also stated that "it's clear that we made the wrong decision here".
Originally, the PlayStation 3 was to lose access to the store alongside the PSP on the 2nd July, while the PS Vita was to lose access on the 27th August. Players would still have been able to redownload their previously purchased games, but no new purchases would have been possible.
The decision to maintain the digital storefronts, Ryan states, arose from the negative consumer feedback the company received following the announcement in March of this year. He said: "We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita."
The most recent PS Vita game, Astro Aqua Kitty, released just last week on the 15th April.