Earlier in the year, Sony was planning to shut down the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS Vita stores. The initial plan was to shut down the PlayStation 3 and PSP stores in July 2021, whereas the Vita would live on a bit longer to August 2021. The backlash from fans made Sony have a change of heart, and the PS3 and Vita stores were ultimately not shut down. The PSP store still ended up closing.
The backlash stemmed from the fact that the PS3, PSP, and Vita stores are still the only way to buy certain games. Many PlayStation One games are still only available on those stores – at least the only fordable way for many.
The PS3 and PS Vita stores are still on their last legs, and the important notices that Sony sent out further supports that idea, revealing that starting on October 27, customers will no longer be able to use a credit or debit card to make purchases on the PS3 and Vita stores. PayPal will also not be available to use for those stores.
Customers will still be able to make purchases in the PS3 and Vita stores, using funds from their wallets on the PlayStation Store to buy games and other digital products on the PS3 and Vita. To add funds to their wallets, customers will need access to the PlayStation store through a desktop, mobile device, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 5. Funds can be added by either redeeming PlayStation Store gift cards, Paypal, or using a credit or debit card.