PlayStation owners using older consoles will have to adjust using the online store soon, as the PS3 and PS Vita PlayStation Store will no longer use credit card or PayPal starting October 27, with the payment methods changing to reflect what still can be used universally on all platforms.
According to an update in their Important Notices page, PlayStation is planning to end credit card and PayPal support for both the PS3 and PS Vita in the PS Store. Both PlayStation legacy platforms can still access their respective PSN stores, but in order to purchase games and digital content players must either use a gift card or the amount of money they have via payment methods done in the desktop, PlayStation app, PS4, or PS5.
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.
This is hardly a nuisance and more of a workaround, but it definitely shows that Sony is slowly starting to move on from the PS3 and PS Vita, and concentrate their payment method options towards their current and next-gen platforms. Gamers can still add money through gift cards and the other aforementioned methods — but using credit card or PayPal will be a thing of the past for those systems now.
Earlier this year, Sony planned to close the PlayStation Store for both the PS3 and Vita, though that call has since been rescinded due to public backlash.