Beginning on October 27, customers will no longer be able to use a credit or debit card, or PayPal, to buy digital content or top up their PlayStation Store wallet directly from their PS3 or Vita.
From October 27, players will still be able to buy DLC from in-game stores but will need to do so using wallet funds.
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PlayStation Store gift cards, product vouchers and subscription vouchers will still work on both PS3 and Vita.
“To buy digital content for your PS3 console or PS Vita system, you must first add sufficient funds to your wallet on PlayStation Store,” Sony explained.
“You can add funds by redeeming a PlayStation Store gift card, using a credit or debit card, PayPal, or other available payment methods via a desktop computer, mobile device, a PS4 console or a PS5 console.”
As noted by Siliconera, in Japan, purchasing age-restricted games on PS3 and Vita will no longer be possible after the update as buying products with a CERO Z rating on digital platforms requires a credit card to verify the customer’s age.
However, following a backlash from players, the company made a partial U-turn in April, saying that it would no longer close the PS3 or Vita stores but was still planning to shut the PSP store, which it did in July.