Do you still need to buy digital games from the PS3 and PS Vita catalogs? As you may have heard a couple of months ago, the digital stores for both consoles were going to shut down but thanks to fan feedback Sony decided to keep them open for a while more. Nevertheless, after October 27 it won’t be as simple to buy the games you want as in other online stores.
Sony has posted an important notice on their support page for the PS3 and PS Vita digital stores, saying that they will not accept credit or debit cards, or a payment method such as PayPal. Here’s the full statement:
Starting 27th October 2021, you can no longer 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, using a credit or debit card, PayPal, or other available payment methods via a desktop computer, mobile device, a PS4 console, or a PS5 console.
How would this affect games that have an in-game store? Can I purchase DLC in an in-game store?
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 methods such as PayPal to complete the purchase.
Can I still use PlayStation Store gift cards on my PS3 console or PS Vita system?
Yes, PlayStation Store gift cards can be used on both PS3 consoles and PS Vita systems. Product vouchers and subscription vouchers can also be used.
So, if there are still games you want to buy without having to add funds to your wallet via another console or desktop computer, you have a couple of days left. Or, you could buy them later with that extra step. There’s no news regarding how much time these stores will be open in the future.