If you are a PlayStation user, you may receive an email from Sony informing you that the company plans to change the way you purchase PlayStation 3 and Vita software. Starting from October 27th, users will no longer be able to use credit/debit cards or PayPal to purchase digital content directly from the PlayStation Store on any platform or top up their wallets.
To buy anything from the PS3/Vita store in the future, you must visit the PS store from a PS5, PS4, PC or mobile device. From there, you can add funds using credit/debit cards, gift cards, or PayPal. After depositing the money in your wallet, you must return to the PS3/Vita store to make a purchase. For more instructions, here are the steps in the Sony email:
1) Access the PS Store through your desktop computer, mobile device, PS4 or PS5 console.
2) Use a credit or debit card, PayPal or other available payment methods to add the minimum amount to your wallet to pay for the content you want to purchase. You can also recharge your wallet by redeeming a PlayStation Store gift card.
So why do you have to skip basketball to buy Uncharted: The Golden Abyss? In an email, Sony explained that the measure is aimed at “enhancing the security of online payments for all PS3 and PS Vita users.”
PS3 and Vita have racked their brains in the past year. Sony initially planned to close the PS Store on both platforms with PSP this summer. After a strong protest from fans, the publisher changed direction and only axed the PSP store (although you can still buy PSP games through the PS3/Vita store). However, Sony did close the online version of all three stores. In terms of specific software, Media Molecule shut down the PS3 and Vita servers of each LittleBigPlanet game last month.
The PS3 and Vita stores may have completely disappeared now, but as Sony slowly weakens their functions, these aging platforms feel that they are now living in borrowed time. What do you think of this new change? Let us know in the comments.