The PlayStation 3 is nearly 15 years of ages, so it’s barely surprising it has some irksome quirks– however with the closure of the system’s shop on 2nd July, subscribers to PS Plus need to most likely be conscious of a possible problem. While your downloads will be kept, you’ll only be able to play any titles you declared through Sony’s membership service as long as you stay a member.
Now this isn’t a problem if you’re preparing to stay subscribed for the foreseeable future, but here’s the rub: there’s no chance to outright purchase titles you’ve formerly claimed as part of your membership while the shop is live, meaning if your subscription lapses after the PS Store has actually closed, you’ll never be able to play those titles once again– unless, of course, you resubscribe.
This issue also uses to the PS Vita, in addition to PS Minis. It’s something that, thankfully, the company has fixed on PS5– you can buy video games even if you’ve currently redeemed them through PS Plus– but clearly this is a tradition issue and it suggests that it’ll never be fixed on the business’s older consoles.
Regrettably, there’s no solution either. If your PS Plus subscription is set up to lapse before 2nd July (or 27th August for PS Vita), then you will have the opportunity to let your membership run down and then purchase stated titles outright– otherwise, you’re stuck. It’s constantly been an annoying, irritating oversight– however sadly it’s highlighted by the imminent closure of the different storefronts for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP.