Sony has invented a new form of digital sabotage, which would almost be impressive if it weren’t so irritating. According to a post in the “Important Notices” section of Sony support, the brilliant business minds at the Japanese giant have decided to discontinue credit card and Paypal payment for both the PS3 and the PS Vita on October 27th, 2021. As an avid Vita stan, I am scandalized.
To actually buy video games on your video game device, you will need to go to a secondary location and purchase a physical gift card, which you can then use to purchase video games. Alternatively you can use the awkward wallet system to add funds via Sony’s website, or by adding funds on your PS4 or PS5, and then spending them on the PS3 or Vita. Either way, this is extremely silly.
The PS Vita was born to die, and deserved better. From the outside, it can often feel like Sony expected the Vita to print money on its own, and when the console couldn’t live up to this impossible standard, Sony didn’t want to put the investment in to support it. The independent scene, however, rallied around the system, while it also became the best place to play PS1 games, thanks to its portability and great emulation features. The PS Vita is a good little guy, and he deserves your respect.