Metreon PlayStation store closing

Onetime Sony-owned shopping complex in San Francisco will part ways with electronics company's only gaming-focused retail outlet this summer.

San Francisco's Metreon Shopping Center has been an iconic destination for PlayStation gamers since Sony cut the ribbon on the sprawling 350,000-square-foot complex in June 1999. That fact remained even after Sony sold off its interest in the shopping outlet to the Westfield Group and Forest City Enterprises in 2006, thanks to its cornerstone PlayStation and Sony Style stores.

The only one of its kind, the Metreon PlayStation store has been Sony's home base on the West Coast for product launches of its flagship gaming hardware, including the PlayStation 2, PSP, and PlayStation 3. Soon, however, Sony's last foothold at the Metreon will be released, as the Japanese electronics company plans to let the leases expire on both its PlayStation Store and Sony Style stores in the mall.

"Our lease with the Metreon for the PlayStation Store will expire this summer and we have chosen not to renew it," a Sony representative confirmed for GameSpot. "While we are always looking at new avenues for additional retail exposure and space, we felt it best not to continue with a dedicated PlayStation Store at the Metreon at this time." According to Metreon management, the Sony Style store's lease will expire on March 31.

Though the Metreon store is the only PlayStation-specific outlet operated by Sony, the company maintains a healthy number of Sony Style stores at many other shopping centers throughout the US. In addition to PlayStation machines, Sony Style stores offer a host of Sony products, ranging from Bravia TVs to Vaio computers to the Sony Reader Digital Book.

As was the case when Sony first opened the complex, the Westfield Metreon still operates as an adult playground of sorts, playing home to 15 stadium-style movie theaters, an IMAX theater, an arcade, restaurants, and a variety of shops. Metreon management did not comment on future prospects for the soon-to-be-vacated stores.

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smliquid
smliquid

NO WTF! This is horrible news. I loved that place. I need to go back to CA :(. such a shame. For those who have not been there, it is an amazing place. Whether you have a PS3 or not, if you like video games, you should visit the store before it closes.

atwaxin
atwaxin

thats where i bought my ps3 1 year ago in december...it was beautiful..all bundled up there...thats where i bought 'the orange box' and 'warhawk' :) but then i sold both of those games later on jajaja but good times. will miss the place. must send my cousin to go there and take pictures for me jajaja

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

The Metreon was one of the coolest things Sony ever did... I'm glad I got to enjoy it before it came to this.

ninja_where
ninja_where

Now I'll never be able to go and shop there...*sob*

dbzfalcon07
dbzfalcon07

Wow, that's where I met Hideo Kojima. Once in a lifetime

bakagami
bakagami

I live 2 blocks away from the Metreon/Playstation store in SF, & I can tell u that this isn't good news. Now the only choices for Playstation products will b Ebgames or Best Buy who only keep things in stock when they feel like it. Most likely the reason for the closure is the economy & the overhead. Since Sony no longer owns the Metreon then the rent in that building would b insane & the venture is prolly losing money. I'm gonna miss the place tho, I buy most of my PSP games there

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

If nobody has nothing nice to write, don't post anything at all. Of course, Sony (Standard Oil of New York) had this coming to them, with all of the dishonesty in all of their products, and the worst games ever to be made for a gaming console. But I don't have media-influenced rose-tinted glasses to look through, as I worked at a gaming store as product-buyer, and I never dealt with a more Nazi company than Sony when it came time to buy more product.

necronaux
necronaux

Microsoft take note: It's not the right time to open a MS-only store.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I remember that place, i went to see a movie there when i visited San Fran. a few years back. the day ps3 goes out of business(not going to happen) is the day i stop playing video games. no way in hell i'll ever join micro&soft. then again, i can always get a Wii.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

The fact that most people would be talking about games that were not playable on the Playstation 3 most of the time was really insulting to Sony. I think that this embarrassment might have been one of the reasons why Sony chose not to renew the lease. Having people ask about the Wii and the Xbox 360 more than the PS3 was really disapointing for Sony.

ihatespam04
ihatespam04

It's sad going there now. I went during Macworld and saw more and more empty spaces where stores used to be. It's all but a tomb, and with this economy, don't expect it to get better for a couple of years. It's a shame since it was really a nice building.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

That place sounds like it was great. I wish there was one here in the UK. Its a shame when stuff like this happens to a company you like so much.

XeonForce
XeonForce

So many close-minded comments on here. I don't care who it is, this is a loss of something unique, which is only going to adversely affect decisions to do cool and unique things in the future. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of cookie-cutter $#!1... -_-' show some respect.

JpnFfantasy
JpnFfantasy

It was a pleasure working there for the past 18 months. I resign in 2 days. It was fun :(. Would of stayed till the end, but I think I made the right choice.

lanmanna
lanmanna

Wow! Didn't even know about this place until this article. O_O Sad that I never got to go. Although, I am running in a marathon for leukemia in San Diego for all the people I know that had or have it. How far is San Diego from San Francisco? Thanks.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I live in the UK and even I've traveled there, it was great, not as good as Tokyo, but very good indeed.

SFG_basic
SFG_basic

Well, this is just sad. My main reason for even going to the Metreon is gone. And I was looking forward to some launch events for Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2. Oh well, maybe Microsoft can open one of their stores there.

xaos
xaos

redskin, yeah they are, I was told about it in the store yesterday...

redskinStu
redskinStu

The store's not closing. This guy doesn't know what he's talking about.

Musashi920
Musashi920

@ubermensche: Best Buy's I could understand but not Wal-Marts... Well brand specific stores are good if you are looking to shop for something from a particular brand. you find more things at their stores than you would in a retail stores where they only carry maybe their latest 3models. you could find old ones at those stores.

Ubermensche
Ubermensche

Sony's failings? Just about every company needs to make cuts. I never really understood why companies have brand specific stores. In an age of Best Buy's and Wal-Marts, you would think that they are completely unnecessary. Most brand specific stores do not last.

Xbot360
Xbot360

love hearing sony's failures. Good job sony, keep it going, woooooooooh.

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

This is truly a sad day for gamers everywhere... Seriously, the Sony store was part of what made the Metreon such a cool place. *sniff* Man, I got my first PSP there...

KaneadaSoul
KaneadaSoul

I have to agree it would be awesome to see Sega re-enter the console market, but that is a long way, if ever, from happening. With this store closing I do have to iterate a point that I read below that Sony could be in dire straights and as a result the gaming industry could suffer. If this were the previous generation, Sony running third would be no big deal, but in this generation we got some serious issues. The competition really needs to be high at all times to ensure a place in the industry not only to promote the best quality products, but for the sake of the gamer as well.

ninja_where
ninja_where

Don't worry, Sony, there's plenty of fish in the sea. And I'm sure there's plenty of places to go to. But take your time...it's too soon to act with a problem in hand. But anyways, hopefully we get to see a store in the East Coast. Not that I'm being such a wisher here, just thinking. But that's one historic video game landmark done. Even though there will be a new one, we'll miss the good ol' days when Sony was so good at it. They're still good, but not as good as they were before...

thedarkpp
thedarkpp

I was just there a couple days ago and there were a ton of people there. Sad to see it go.

living_wmd_888
living_wmd_888

@joporter: I miss the glory days of the PS1 myself, and that is the era from which the Metreon hails. I'll admit that action games were a bit lacking, but it was one big huge RPG-fest back then. Half of the games I bought back in the day came from Square, with a few from Capcom, Namco, Enix. The PS1 was almost like a ubiquitous appliance, something that was as much a part of your home as your TV or VCR. I enjoyed the PS2, but it never quite recaptured that, and I would have liked it a lot less if I hadn't been able to keep playing my PS1 favorites on it.

VERTIGO47
VERTIGO47

That's pretty sad. Not that I'm extremely concerned since I live all the way back east, NYC, to be specific. And I've always wanted to visit the Metreon whenever I visit relatives in Cali. I guess I better make a surpise visit to my cousins soon. However, because of the gloom economy, I'm not surprised. Plus, Sony aren't what they used to be with PS1 and PS2. And a lagging PS3 sales don't do much justice either. Not that PS3 is dying. But the conditions right now have heavily contributed to this dilemma.

blackace
blackace

LindBergh2007 I see Sony leaving the hardware market soon and being replaced by Sega. ***************************************************** Your crystal ball is broken. I don't see that happening anytime soon. SEGA couldn't afford to start another game console. Sega/Sammy has already gone through their own hard times. --> http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/sega-sammy-to-drop-560-jobs Even though Sony isn't fairing too well their generation, I don't see them leaving the gaming indusctry anytime soon. They still have a good brand and a decent presence in the gaming business.

jporter313
jporter313

@living_wmd_888: I totally agree with you. I fondly remember Sony's PS2 glory days at that store, I remember buying games there when I was in college, and even though I haven't visited it in a while, I'll miss it now that it's gone.

xcollector
xcollector

It isn't surprising. The PS1 & PS2 were very successful and the economy was better then too, thus having a store dedicated to Playstation brand merchandises yielded profit. Now the economy is down and the Playstation brand isn't what it use to be so go figure.

living_wmd_888
living_wmd_888

Sad.... I remember when Sony opened the PlayStation Store all those years ago. Back then, they were at the top of their game and could do no wrong, it seemed. With the PS3, they let their hubris trip them up the same way Nintendo messed up in the mid-90's, when it was riding high on the success of the SNES and the N64 was already being picked as the winner of its generation. Plus, having a super-deluxe store like this doesn't make much financial sense when the economy as a whole is still imploding. I feel so pessimistic about this world right now.

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

Unfortunately Sony never made full use of the Metreon. It always felt more like a Sam Goody's on the bottom with Sony stuff only, and off the wall stuff for the rest of the building. This makes sense to save money.

titanviper2000
titanviper2000

okay fanboys, let's get something straight right now. loss of competition is a bad thing. everyone thought that when circuit city went out of business, that it would be the best thing for best buy. well, fact of the matter is, competition breeds good service, which also breeds good products. i don't care if it's circuit city, or sony, any company in economic trouble is not a laughing matter, and anyone who thinks so, needs to lose their job and see what a harsh economy is really like. so seriously, think before you post.

smbius
smbius

This is sad. When I lived close to the city, I used to visit this store right before my movie would start. I was one of those in line for the PS2 and PS3. Great memories. See my videos.

vietboi89
vietboi89

sony is losing the competition its almost sad... almost

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

I see Sony leaving the hardware market soon and being replaced by Sega.

atopp399
atopp399

That other Gamespot article did mention a Microsoft Store soon to be opening. I think we may have found a perfect location for a grand opening :)

blackace
blackace

Not surprising after the loss in profits Sony posted for the year. Sony is trying to save money the best they can right now. Whether it's laying off workers or closing Sony specific stores. Sony has to do whatever it can to survive right now. I guess that PS3 price drop may not happen until the fall if this is any indication. It's sad that i never got a chance to visit that store. Oh well.

THE_WHITE_MAGE
THE_WHITE_MAGE

It would be hilarious if Nintendo leased this space just to stick it to Sony that they are taking their place.