The PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita will remain open for the time being.

Sony announced last month that it was closing it, but is now coming back to it after criticism from gamers who indicated that they want to keep buying classic games.

"On closer inspection, it's clear we made the wrong decision. I'm happy to say we're keeping the PlayStation Store up and running for PS3 and PS Vita consoles," gaming chief Jim Ryan wrote in a blog post.

However, the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation Portable will still close its doors in July.

From then on, owners of the devices will no longer be able to purchase digital games through the online store.

In addition to games, videos and DLC packs for games are no longer available for purchase.

Games purchased before the store closes can still be downloaded and played again.

Previously purchased videos will also remain accessible.

The PlayStation 3 appeared at the end of 2006. A total of 87 million copies were sold.

The 2004 PlayStation Portable sold more than 80 million copies.

Its successor, the PlayStation Vita, fared a lot less well.

Sony sold about ten million of these.

It is not known how many people are still playing on the devices.