PS Vita Gamers Can't Access the PlayStation Store

Published: December 3, 2020 2:02 PM /


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The PS Vita is nearly seven years old, but there are still quite a few fans of Sony's handheld console. Unfortunately, reports are emerging that no one is able to access the PlayStation Store on this classic handheld console.

Sony's handheld PS Vita console never really took off outside of Japan. That said, it still had its fair share of fans in the West. These gamers have recently discovered (via Push Square) that they cannot access the PlayStation Store at all, leading many to wonder if access to the console's online content has truly come to an end.

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What's Going On with the PS Vita and the PlayStation Store?

Gamers attempting to access the PlayStation Store on their PlayStation Vita are getting Error Code np-2245-3. This problem was previously fixed by reactivating the console, but that solution is no longer working for owners of the handheld.

So what's going on? Well, Sony essentially said that it was no longer in the business of handheld consoles late last year. This followed the shutting down of servers for many older Sony games, including those on the Vita. More recently, the PlayStation Store had been making some major changes to prepare for the launch of the new PS5 console, and that's where the problem may lie.

Fortunately, the community surrounding this console is very dedicated and has already figured out a way to download their old games. Considering the lack of an announcement and the length of this outage, however, there is still the concern of whether or not this is a temporary technical issue or a permanent closure of the PlayStation Store for the PS Vita. We've reached out to Sony for comment and will update this article when we receive a reply.

Did you ever own a PS Vita? Have you continued to play it or have you set this older console aside for good? Let us know in the comments below!

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