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Update.
Sony admits it made the 'wrong decision' and will now keep storefronts open for classic PlayStation games after fans complained
The company will continue operating the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita digital storefronts, PlayStation leader Jim Ryan announced on Monday.

"It's clear that we made the wrong decision here," Ryan said on the PlayStation Blog. Both storefronts will continue operating in perpetuity, which will enable users to continue buying and downloading games from both storefronts.
 
I wonder if it was just the outcry, or if there was enough 'panic buying' to make them think it would still be profitable to leave the stores open.
 

chronodekar

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This may or may not be related, but I found out that the Playstation lineup has a kill-switch in terms of its CMOS battery,
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021...switch-lurking-in-aging-playstation-hardware/

The CMOS battery is a small battery on the console motherboard with lets the console keep track of time, even if you were to physically unplug it from the wall. The problem mentioned in the article is that if you were to replace this battery, the console would not work - even if you had physical discs until you connected it to the internet for it to figure out the time from Sony's servers.

This bothers me. As a very deliberate decision, I keep my PS4 offline and purchase disc games. To hear that I'm not going to be allowed to play even my disc games after replacing a battery without an internet connection, upset me. A LOT.

-chronodekar
 

seitora

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I was actually surprised to hear Sony was even shutting down the PSP/Vita/PS3 stores in the first place. Don't some of them run on the same architecture as the PS4/PS5 stores? Doesn't sound like that much money to keep them running at that point, and some people are still going to spend money on the old stores.
 

PCHeintz72

The Sentient Fanfic Search Engine mk II
I wonder if it was just the outcry, or if there was enough 'panic buying' to make them think it would still be profitable to leave the stores open.
I've not been much a gamer since the latter days of Lan parties due to not wanting to be wasting money on monthly game fees.

However, I know my own brother has been panic updating his unit, bought a backup PS3, upgrading the hard drives on both to 1tb (I know as they were my own spares), and been scrounging eBay and game stop hunting down any old games he may be missing for his collection... He even got several digital titles dumped into the units... did much the same with a Vita....
 

PCHeintz72

The Sentient Fanfic Search Engine mk II
This bothers me. As a very deliberate decision, I keep my PS4 offline and purchase disc games. To hear that I'm not going to be allowed to play even my disc games after replacing a battery without an internet connection, upset me. A LOT.
Well... one thing you can do is you might want to replace the battery *NOW* rather than after the stores shut down, whenever that may be.
 

chronodekar

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This is awesome news! Hopefully, we'll have a physical, reasonably priced release on the switch too!

Well... one thing you can do is you might want to replace the battery *NOW* rather than after the stores shut down, whenever that may be.
Considering that they kept the PS3 store for 14+ years (or so), I think I'll wait for the 10 year mark on my PS4 Pro. Am not expecting Sony to give us a new firmware with this issue resolved, but I do have an old enough firmware which *might* be jail-broken. If worst comes to worst, I'll go that route. Am not very enthusiastic to open up my console.

-chronodekar
 

Shirotsume

Not The Goddamn @dmin
This is awesome news! Hopefully, we'll have a physical, reasonably priced release on the switch too!



Considering that they kept the PS3 store for 14+ years (or so), I think I'll wait for the 10 year mark on my PS4 Pro. Am not expecting Sony to give us a new firmware with this issue resolved, but I do have an old enough firmware which *might* be jail-broken. If worst comes to worst, I'll go that route. Am not very enthusiastic to open up my console.

-chronodekar
Something to keep in mind- it's possible to replace the battery WITHOUT the circuit losing power. People do it all the time when replacing the batteries on old cartridges to their saves don't get wiped.
 
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