Sony announces that at the end of October, the option to purchase content on PS Vita and PS3 via credit card and PayPal will be removed.
Earlier this year, Sony almost closed digital stores on PS3, PSP and PS Vita. Due to the overwhelming demand from the gaming community for digital platforms, Sony reversed the decision and chose to only close the PSP store. While the stores on PS Vita and PS3 are still up and running, Sony is poised to make the process of buying games on either platform quite difficult.
In April, Sony announced that the PS3 and PS Vita stores would remain online for the foreseeable future, which came as a relief to many in the gaming community. There are a number of titles featured in these particular game libraries that cannot be purchased on either PS4 or PS5. However, now it looks like PS3 and PS Vita users will no longer be able to purchase games through credit or debit cards.
Sony announced today that starting October 27, users will no longer be able to purchase games or any type of in-game content using a PayPal account or credit and debit cards. That’s not to say that users can no longer purchase games on those platforms, but instead they’ll have to use PlayStation Store gift cards to purchase content on the PS3 and PS Vita digital storefronts.
In addition to PS Store gift cards, users can also add funds to their digital wallet online or on PS4 or PS5 using their credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. Sony has yet to extrapolate why these changes are being made, but what can be said for sure at this time is that after October 27, purchasing content through the PS3 and PS stores Vita in play will be significantly less efficient.
It’s only natural that gaming hardware and software gradually fades from mainstream accessibility after a while. Take for example the Nintendo 3DS shutdown that happened at the end of last year. Not to mention the attempt to close the PS Stores on PS3 and PS Vita. None of this is meant to be malicious on the part of the publisher, it just boils down to user inactivity on certain gaming platforms.
That said, it’s rather odd that Sony is removing something as simplistic as a direct credit or debit card payment option for purchasing games. It is possible that this move is aimed at directing more traffic to Sony newer platforms like the PS4 and the PS5. Whatever the reason, PS3 and PS Vita users will have to use their remaining time to purchase games as they wish.
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