Sony has announced that as of October 27, 2021 users will no longer be able to use credit or debit cards, as well as payment systems such as PayPal, to purchase digital content on PS Store via PS3 and PS Vita.
If users want to continue purchasing digital content for PS3 and PS Vita, they need to add sufficient funds to their accounts in other ways. The gift cards of the PlayStation Store are an example. Additionally, credit or debit cards and systems like PayPal will continue to work on the desktop, mobile, PS4 and PS5 versions of the PlayStation Store, so users can add funds through these and then later use them to purchase digital content on PS3 and Vita. If a game has an in-game store, content such as DLC is still purchasable through it, but users will still need to pay using wallet funds on the PlayStation Store.
While this situation applies to all regions equally, it will have an additional impact on Japanese users. In Japan, games with a CERO Z rating (i.e. suitable for ages 18 and over) on digital platforms require a credit card to verify the customer’s age. The Japanese version of Sony’s support page confirms that after this store update, users will not be able to purchase CERO Z games. Fortunately, DLCs for CERO Z games will still be available for purchase and content already purchased. will continue to be available for download.
Earlier this year, Sony announced it would be closing its own digital stores PS3, Vita and PSP. However, Sony eventually changed its mind partially after public complaints. The PS3 and Vita stores will remain online for the time being, but the PSP store has been closed.
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