Sony has announced it will soon close its flagship PlayStation store in San Francisco's Metreon shopping centre.
The retail outlet is the only one that Sony has of its kind, was the venue for many system and key-software launches. The lease for the store runs out this summer, though Sony has confirmed that it will not be renewing it.
The PlayStation Store opened in 1999, while Sony sold off its interest in the Metreon shopping centre in 2006 to the Westfield Group and Forest City Enterprises.
The closure is said to have no effect on Sony's numerous Sony Style shops across the US and other countries.