The PSP will soon lose its digital store

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Sony’s first handheld, the PSP started off slow – but eventually went on to become quite a popular little thing. First released in Japan in 2004, it broke new ground by allowing gamers to download digital copies of games to the handheld. Later on in its life cycle, a wholly digital version – the ill-fated PSP-Go – was released. It may soon become completely obsolete. Sony’s killing the PSP’s digital store in Europe and Asia.

As of next week, Sony will be shutting off access to the PSP’s digital storefront from the consoles themselves. That includes us in Africa, and those in Oceania. It mean’s you’ll no longer be able to purchase and download new games from the PSP itself

If you’re one of the people still rocking a PSP, you have until September 15 to download games from your device. Of course, you’ll still be able to log in to your PC to buy PSP games from Sony’s Online Network store and send it to a queue for your PSP, or buy and download PSP games from your PS3 and copy them across. IT’s not a huge issue, or much of hassle – but it’s an extra step to getting games on your PSP.

I got a PSP soon after the Japanese launch – and I loved the thing. It introduced me to Lumines – which is still one of my favourite games. I ended up hacking the hell out of it and using it mostly as a portable NES and SNES emulator though.

I can’t say I’ll miss the PSP’s store… as I’ll probably never turn the thing on ever again. That’s if I can even find it. Still, I have some good memories of the PSP; it was the last place I played a proper Mega Man game, for example’ the excellent remakes Mega Man Powered Up and Maverick Hunter X.

The move is to help Sony focus more on the Vita – which hasn’t had a measure of the PSP’s success so far. Did you have a PSP? Play any notable or worthwhile games?

Last Updated: September 11, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

    HELL YES I HAD A PSP. God I loved that thing SO MUCH!!!!! I still have mine though. SOOOO many good games. While I loved my DS just as much , I preferred the PSP. I booted it up the other, still works great, ended up playing dissidia 012 and tactics ogre through the night. I got tactics for like 90 rand at Reggies, what a steal!!!

    • CAE9872

      I got the collectors edition (?) for both!

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        With the soundtrack!!!???

        • CAE9872

          Correction – I have LE of Dissidia not 012 (I have Vanilla version of that). And yip both with soundtracks…apparently!

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Gwah……….I R JELLY

  • CAE9872

    Yep I have a PSP – sad to see the in-console store go actually, but if I can still access it via the PC then we all good. As long as Sony doesn’t go and shut the online store down completely…EVER!!! I still buy games for it now and then.

    PS – any idea how I download the game onto the PSP then as mentioned in the article? Usually if I buy from PC I can go to the store and click download; now with store gone? And yes I get I can do via PS3 so am just curious.

    • Real gamez with realz phyisicalz thingz are the beztz! 0_O

      • CAE9872

        Tis true no argument this end…but when they have stupid sales of games at ridiculous prices who can say no…think of your humble bundle and steam sales! Can you just say NO!

        • I wouldn’t know, I don’t have a gamer PC!

          • CAE9872

            You know what it is – I mix you and Admiral Lord Chief Sir guy up…as “staff” I decree they should all have ALL consoles! Come on Gavin its the least you can do.

            It allows the community to speak freely!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Technically not true, you could turn it on it’s side & use it to play a game of cards on.

          • You shush. I will have you know I can play solitaire on it!

  • End of an era? Not at all 😛

  • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

    Also Maverick Hunter X was so good! And Dracula X Chronicles! The only game with another full game unlockable lol

    • CAE9872

      Was Maverick Hunter the Mega Man one? Scuse the ignorance; I almost bought something with maverick or hunter in it! And no not Monster Hunter…

      Have you seen the PS store – having a big retro sale including many PSP titles. Good prices too.

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        Yup it was and really? NIce, I saw some other titles on sale I wanted like Valhalla Kinghts 2

        • CAE9872

          Yeah go check it out – they having a big sale on Rising Star games – they the ones that made Harvest Moon et al.

          I include link below for convenience (and money spending).


          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Yup, I bought Rune Fatcory for PS3 for 100 bucks, which is an EFFING steal!!
            Thanx bud!

          • CAE9872

            What no Valhalla Knights trilogy for R90? Come on, you know you want to…OK will now leave you to it 🙂

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Hahah, prob gonna. You buy anything?

          • CAE9872

            I already owned limited editions of KOF XII and Under Defeat. Am looking at the “Magnificent 7” which includes basically everything and Virtues Last Reward. Over on Retro – well yes the WHOLE damn lot is tempting!

            But the following caught my eye:

            Kula World
            CTR – to replace my PS1 disc
            Anything with the word Street and Fighter in it…sigh I so suck at those games but love them.
            SOCOM PSP games
            Future Cop

            I have pretty much everything else or don’t really need the others…

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Virtue is a must! Though you need to play 999 first. and nice man, see we got some collectors here on LG!

          • CAE9872

            Some of the collection…glad to see a fellow collector although I have a feeling yours is more RPG in nature? I have tons of download stuff – I consider them mine for now…but not as impressive to view.

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Haha, yeah I know, though I still take pride in my downloadable stuff as well, but nothing beats that view of sexy cases. but yeah, I stopped actually I got really out of hand importing games and stuff lol So I’m chilled on the collecting side of things.

          • CAE9872

            Did you refresh and see pics?

            Yeah I know – at the dawn of the digital age I was very much “NO F’ING WAY!”… But I have learned to embrace it – makes it damn cheaper than buying off ebay, etc with packaging, import duties (bas**** at SARS). And is very convenient obviously.

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Holy shit no I didn’t! What a collection! I see you got a fatty DS! Nice man *respect*. And yeah I was against it but the sales and convenience far out weighs the pros of physical. It makes it easier to get games as well that are hard to find

      • Maverick Hunter X = Megaman X remade like MAGIC. Seriously. So good.

  • I still play Tekken on the thing now and then, though that only when im bored and when home time still far away

  • Pieter Smal

    SUCK IT, CONSOLE PLAYERS! PC gamers will play old games with DOS support 50 years from now!

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    My psp gave up the ghost on me a year ago. Great little console. Just glad the digitally bought games arent going anywhere as I still want get a Vita eventually, so many cool looking jrpgs.

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