Earlier this year Sony announced that it was closing the PS3 and PS Vita store fronts. That decision was quickly reversed, “It’s clear that we made the wrong decision here,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices.”
Happy days then, the stores remain opens but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to buy PS3 and PS Vita games as from October 27th you will no longer be able to use credit cards, debit cards, or PayPal to buy items from the stores. You will have to purchase PlayStation Store gift cards, or top up your wallet via a PS4 or PS5.
Here is Sony’s full post:
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.
How will this affect games with 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 method 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.