In case you’re a PlayStation consumer, you will have obtained an e mail from Sony notifying you that the corporate plans to alter how you purchase PlayStation 3 and Vita software program. Starting October 27, customers will now not have the ability to use credit score/debit playing cards or Paypal to buy digital content material or add funds to their wallets immediately from the PlayStation Retailer on both platform.

To purchase something from the PS3/Vita shops going ahead, you’ll must entry the PS Retailer from a PS5, PS4, or PC. From there, you’ll be able to add funds utilizing a credit score/debit card, reward card, or Paypal. When you’ve added cash to your pockets, you’ll then must return to the PS3/Vita shops to make your buy. For extra clarification, listed here are the steps, per Sony’s e mail:

1) Entry PS Retailer by way of your desktop laptop, cell system, PS4 or PS5 console.
2) Use a credit score or debit card, PayPal or different out there fee technique so as to add the minimal quantity required to your pockets to cowl the price of the content material you wish to purchase. You can too add funds to your pockets by redeeming a PlayStation Retailer reward card.

So why do it’s important to leap by means of hoops to purchase Uncharted: Golden Abyss? Within the e mail, Sony explains the measure is designed to “enhance online payment security for all PS3 and PS Vita owners.” 

The PS3 and Vita have been by means of the wringer over the past yr. Sony initially deliberate to close down the PS Retailer on each platforms altogether alongside the PSP this summer time. After fan outcry, the writer changed course and solely axed the PSP retailer (although you’ll be able to nonetheless purchase PSP video games by means of the PS3/Vita outlets). Sony did, nonetheless, shutter the web versions of all three storefronts. When it comes to particular software program, Media Molecule shut down the PS3 and Vita servers for every LittleBigPlanet game final month. 

The PS3 and Vita shops might have survived complete annihilation for now, however with Sony slowly chipping away at their performance, these growing old platforms really feel like they’re residing borrowed time at this level. What do you consider this new change? Tell us within the feedback. 

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