Sony has announced that start­ing on Octo­ber 27th, users can no longer use cred­it or deb­it cards–including pay­ment meth­ods like Pay Pal–to add funds or pur­chase dig­i­tal con­tent on the PlaySta­tion Store for the PS3 and PS Vita systems.

If users want to con­tin­ue buy­ing PlaySta­tion 3 and Vita dig­i­tal con­tent, funds must be added to these accounts in oth­er ways. PlaySta­tion Store gift cards are just one exam­ple. You can use cred­it, deb­it or oth­er sys­tems like Pay Pall on desk­top, mobile, PS4, and PS5 ver­sions of the PlaySta­tion Store, so users can still add funds to accounts through those avenues in order to pur­chase dig­i­tal con­tent for those old­er platforms.

If cer­tain games have an in-game store, DLC can still be pur­chasable through those stores, but peo­ple will need to pay using wal­let funds through the PlaySta­tion Store.

This new sit­u­a­tion applies to all regions, but it will impact Japan’s users in a dif­fer­ent way. In Japan, games with CERO 2 rat­ing (mean­ing they are suit­able for age 18+) on dig­i­tal plat­forms require a cred­it card to ver­i­fy a cus­tomer’s age. The Japan­ese ver­sion of the sup­port page con­firms that after this update, users will not be able to buy CERO Z titles. Thank­ful­ly, DLC for CERO Z games will still be avail­able for pur­chase, and already pur­chased con­tent will still be avail­able to download. 

Sony’s sup­port for the PS3 (which is now con­sid­ered lega­cy con­tent) is com­ing to an end. The com­pa­ny announced they would be clos­ing down its PS3, Vita, and PSP dig­i­tal store­fronts. How­ev­er, back­lash for this deci­sion forced Sony to par­tial­ly reverse this choice.