PlayStation is making it harder for you to buy PS3 and Vita games

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Sony has revealed that it plans to limit the number of ways players can pay for purchases on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

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27, players will not be able to use PayPal, credit or debit cards when making purchases, or top up their PlayStation Store wallets on both consoles.

Next, players who want to purchase games from those stores will need to head over to a computer, PS4 or PS5 to top-up their wallet before returning it to the PS3 or PS Vita.


Players will be able to purchase DLC from the in-game store, but to do so, they will also need to top up their wallet via PC, PS4 or PS5..

PS5 console and DualSense controller. credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Codes for PSN credits will still work at both stores, as will any codes for content, if they haven’t expired yet.

In a post on the company WebsiteSony explained that “you will still be able to purchase content (including DLC) through the in-game store, but you will need to use wallet funds to pay for the content.” [the] PlayStation Store. You will not be able to use a credit or debit card or other payment method such as PayPal to complete the purchase.

The news follows the backlash Sony received in March of 2021, when it was announced that they planned to close the PS3, PS Vita and PSP Store over the summer. Following the uproar, the company made a U-turn by announcing that it would no longer be closing stores for the PS3 or PS Vita, although the PSP store would still be closed, which it did in July of 2021.


In other news, PlayStation has introduced free game testing for first-party titles, except that players’ time within the trial counts during game downloads.

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