Sony nearly closed digital stores for the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita earlier this year. Due to the huge demand from the gaming community for digital platforms, Sony reversed its plan and chose to shut down the PSP store. While stores on PS Vita and PS3 are still open, Sony will make it harder to buy games on any device.
Sony confirmed in April that the PS3 and PS Vita stores will remain available indefinitely, which brought comfort to many in the video game industry. There are a handful of games in these game libraries that are not available for purchase on PS4 or PS5. However, it looks like PS3 and PS Vita owners will no longer be able to purchase games with credit or debit cards.
Sony said today that customers will no longer be able to purchase games or game items using a PayPal account or credit or debit cards as of October 27. That’s not to say that customers still can’t purchase games on those platforms, but they’ll need to use PlayStation Store gift cards to purchase content on PS3 and PS Vita digital stores.
Users can contribute dollars to their digital wallet using their credit card, debit card, or PayPal account, in addition to PS Store gift cards. Sony has yet to explain why these changes are being implemented, but one thing is certain: From October 27, purchases in the PS3 and PS Vita stores in-game will be much less efficient.
After a while, it’s normal for gaming hardware and software to move away from popular availability. Consider the demise of Nintendo 3DS, which came at the end of last year. Not to mention the attempt to shut down the PS3 and PS Vita stores. None of this is meant to be detrimental on the publisher’s side; it just boils down to user inactivity on particular gaming platforms.
However, it’s strange that Sony is removing something so blatantly simple as a direct credit or debit card payment option for purchasing games. It is conceivable that the decision was made to push more visitors to the latest systems from Sony, such as the PS4 and PS5. Whatever the reason, PS3 and PS Vita owners will need to make the most of the time left to purchase games as they wish.