Sony did not close the PS3 and Vita stores, but that makes it difficult to shop at them

Sony is making it a little harder to buy games digitally on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. As of October 27, you can not use a credit card, debit card or PayPal to purchase games or add money to your wallet on these systems, according to a support document. Instead, use a PlayStation Store gift card or load the wallet associated with your PlayStation Store account on the Internet, your phone, or on a PS4 or PS5.

This disappointing change is the latest in something of an ongoing story about Sony’s support for its older consoles. In March, Sony announced it would close the PlayStation Store for the PS3 and Vita, but it reversed that plan a few weeks later, saying it “made the wrong decision.” As part of the original March announcement, Sony also said it dropped the remaining PlayStation Portable purchase feature on July 6, which now means you can no longer purchase new DLC for PSP games.

Fortunately, you can still buy PSP games from PS3 and Vita digital storefronts if you want. But from a few weeks, you will want to make sure to load your wallet in advance.

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