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.