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Sony To Remove Card/PayPal Payment Options For PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita later This Month


Although the newest PlayStation 5 hardware supports backwards compatibility to some extent with legacy replaying available for PlayStation 4 natively, other platforms are not supported. Even Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO Jim Ryan noted the firm was unsuccessful with implementing the feature for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 at the launch of the newest hardware last November.

At any rate, PlayStation Now is currently the only opportunity to play older titles via streaming at the moment. But also, that shows no need for the storefront for older systems evidently as the PlayStation company attempted to shutdown that for the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita earlier this year. However, user outrage left Sony Interactive Entertainment to retract its decision shortly after.

In a new announcement from the PlayStation Support page, payment options for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita will be removed starting on October 27th. In that, credit/debit cards alongside PayPal will be lifted as options. The firm notes pre-paid cards are still viable choices to still use the respected digital stores.

From 27th October, 2021, you will no longer be able to use a credit or debit card or a payment method such as PayPal to buy digital content or add funds to your wallet when visiting PlayStation Store on your PS3 console or PS Vita system.

To buy digital content for your PS3 console or PS Vita system, you must first add sufficient funds to your wallet on PlayStation Store. You can add funds by redeeming a PlayStation Store gift card, or using a credit or debit card, PayPal, or other available payment method via a desktop computer, mobile device, PS4 console or PS5 console.

“You will still be able to purchase content (including DLC) via in-game stores, but you will need to use wallet funds to  pay for the content on PlayStation Store. You will not be able to use a credit or debit card or other payment method such as PayPal to complete the purchase,” the page adds.

While the decision from Sony Interactive Entertainment appears to be an unfortunate direction for the two devices, the PlayStation firm is not the first to do so. Previously, Nintendo went in a similar decision for both the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U alongside scratching the option for pre-paid cards. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you affected by the choice Sony Interactive Entertainment made?

Source: PlayStation Support

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