After rumours that it might happen Sony has today officially confirmed that the closure of the PlayStation Store on its PSP handheld console will be taking place next month on March 31st, 2016.
After that date PSP users will be able to purchase games and content directly from the web based PlayStation store, as well as access past purchases from the download list on the PSP system.
The news follows on from the confirmation that Sony would be ceasing production of it’s relatively new PlayStation TV hardware in Japan early this week, after disappointing sales and take up in the country. Sony explains more in their official announcement that was published to the PlayStation Support website earlier today :
Closure Of PlayStation Store On PSP
On March 31, 2016, the PlayStation Store for PlayStation Portable (PSP ) system in the SCEA region will be closed. PSP system users will be able to purchase PSP content from the web-based PlayStation Store at store.playstation.com, and also access past purchases from the Download list on their PSP system. Users will continue to have the ability to make in-game purchases from their PSP system.
Select PSP games are also available for purchase on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation Vita system users.