If you’re a PlayStation user, you may have received an email from Sony notifying you that the company plans to change how you buy PlayStation 3 and Vita software. Beginning October 27, users will no longer be able to use credit/debit cards or Paypal to purchase digital content or add funds to their wallets directly from the PlayStation Store on either platform.
To buy anything from the PS3/Vita stores going forward, you’ll have to access PS Store from a PS5, PS4, or PC. You can then add money to your account using credit/debit cards, gift cards, and Paypal. Once you’ve added money to your wallet, you’ll then have to return to the PS3/Vita stores to make your purchase. For more clarification, here are the steps, per Sony’s email:
1) Access PS Store via your desktop computer, mobile device, PS4 or PS5 console.
2) Pay with a PayPal, credit or debit card to increase your wallet’s minimum balance to pay for the purchase of content. Redeeming a PlayStation Store Gift Card can add funds.
Why do you need to go through all the hoops in order to purchase Uncharted: Golden Abysss? In the email, Sony explains the measure is designed to “enhance online payment security for all PS3 and PS Vita owners.”
In the last year, both the Vita (PS3) and the PS3 were subject to a lot of stress. Sony originally planned to shut down the PS Store on both platforms altogether alongside the PSP this summer. Following fan protests, Sony changed its mind and removed only the PSP store. However, you can still purchase PSP games via the PS3/Vita stores. Sony closed down the online versions of each storefront, though. Media Molecule closed down all PS3 and Vita servers last month for LittleBigPlanet games.
The PS3 and Vita stores may have survived total annihilation for now, but with Sony slowly chipping away at their functionality, these aging platforms feel like they’re living borrowed time at this point. How do you feel about this change? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.
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