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Sony Is Making It More Difficult To Buy Digital Content On PS3 & PS Vita

Sony is making it more difficult to buy digital content on PS3 and PS Vita later this month. But never fear, you’ll still be able to buy digital content!

PlayStation users were sent emails this week detailing the upcoming changes on Sony’s legacy consoles.

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As you’ve recently enjoyed playing on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, we want to let you know about some changes to the way you buy digital PS3 and PS Vita content,” read the email.


The email goes on to inform users the reason Sony has made this decision is to increase online payment security for PS3 and PS Vita players.

So, what is going to change?

From Wednesday, October 27th you will no longer be able to use a credit or debit card to make digital purchases or top-up your wallet via the PS Store on PS3 and PS Vita consoles. Paypal support will also be discontinued.

Can we still make digital purchases on the PS3 and PS Vita?

Yes, you can. Instead of using the payment methods detailed above, you must now use a prepaid card or code to top-up your wallet. However, you can only top-up your wallet via desktop, the PS mobile app, or by using your PS4 or PS5 console. You cannot top-up in any way via the PS3 or PS Vita.

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Personally, I’m alright with this change if it keeps my card details safe. It’s pretty unlikely I’ll make any digital purchases on my PS3 in the year of our Lord 2021. However, there may come a time when the hankering to play a legacy title comes a bit too much, which might send me to the shops to pick up a prepaid card or code. But I’ll deal with that when the time comes.

For more information on how you can top-up your digital PlayStation wallet, you can visit the PS Store support page here.

What are your thoughts on the changes made to how you buy digital content on PS3 and PS Vita? Let us know across our social media channels.


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