Sony has decided to discontinue credit card and Paypal payment for its PS3 and PS Vita consoles later this month, according to Kotaku. The announcement on the firm blog states that the aforementioned forms of payment won't be accepted for its older consoles from October 27 onwards.
Those still wanting to purchase games on these consoles will need to visit a secondary location and buy a physical gift card, which can then be used to buy the games. There's another more complex way, which involves using the wallet system to add funds to Sony's website or adding funds to your PS4 or PS5. This money can then be spent on the PS3 or Vita.
Sony didn't explain the reason for doing so in a notice to customers, though it's quite apparent. The PS3 was released 15 years ago, and PS Vita arrived in 2011. The latter didn't quite live up to Sony's expectations and the firm didn't invest much to support it. For obvious reasons, Sony wants gamers to move on to a PS4 or PS5, but this news would not be appreciated by gamers hanging on to older consoles to play classic games.