Earlier this year, Sony announced their plans to eventually shut down its PS3 and PS Vita stores. Given that the company no longer seems to be interested in handhelds and how the PS5 is already here, it made sense. However, the outcry was bigger than Sony had anticipated and they backtracked, claiming that they would leave these stores open.
However, it seems that Sony has quietly made some changes that now make it more difficult and troublesome for gamers to purchase either PS3 or PS Vita games. This is according to a report from Kotaku who discovered a post in the “Important Notices” section of Sony’s support page.
According to the post, Sony has effectively discontinued the use of credit card and PayPal payments for both the PS3 and PS Vita. This will come into effect on the 27th of October, 2021. This means that gamers who want to buy games for either platform will now have to use the wallet system and add funds via Sony’s website, or go through the PS4 or PS5.
Ultimately gamers still have the opportunity to buy PS3 or PS Vita games, but the extra steps and roundabout method that Sony has implemented could make it bothersome enough for gamers to give up.