A Firefox plugin called “Valkyrie PS Store” will allow you to access the old PlayStation store on your computer. The old PlayStation Network web store with access to PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3 titles was taken down at the end of last month. This encouraged users like Silica, the creator of the plugin, to try and find ways to restore access.
When you access the store through this plugin, it is fully functional, allowing you to purchase content and download it to your consoles. As to how this is possible, Twitter user and programmer @TheChrisGlass explained that the old web PlayStation Store wasn’t so much taken down as it had HTML files removed to prevent access.
The “Valkyrie PS Store” plugin works on all store regions. There is also a manual way to use it on a browser like Google Chrome, which the creator explains in the description for the plugin’s tutorial. To make sure you use the plugin correctly, be sure to watch the tutorial and read the instructions on the add-on page.
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In related news, earlier this week Sony backtracked its appalling plans to shut down the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores. Although it’s hard to fathom why Sony ever thought this would be a great move, it’s certainly an unexpected and welcome change of mind from Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan. Despite the backlash this caused, Sony has been able to enjoy breaking the record for the fastest-selling console in U.S. history with the PlayStation 5.
A recent Bloomberg report on PlayStation’s first-party philosophy also garnered concern and criticism. Earlier this week, PlayStation announced a publishing partnership with Firewalk Studios for a new, original multiplayer IP. Firewalk Studios is a brand new studio heralded by Bungie veterans. It’s a move supportive of the notion that, even if PlayStation has grown risk-averse and focused more on blockbusters, it’s still interested in supporting new ideas, as well. At least, that is the intention according to Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst.
“I think that the games that we make are as distinct and diverse as they can be,” Hulst tells GamesIndustry.biz. “From Sackboy to Astro Bot to Dreams to these kind of games that you’re referring to, like The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima. And you can bet that we will carry on making these games, because they are the heart and soul of what we do here at PlayStation studios. But at the same time, we are just as committed to making these quality experiences as we are to experimentation and to coming up with fresh ideas.”
He continues: “I am very interested in creating a diverse slate of titles. Actually, the shape or form that they come in are less interesting to me than the fact that they are differentiated, diverse and distinctive.”