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PS3 and PS Vita stores will no longer accept credit cards and PayPal

PS3 and PS Vita stores will no longer accept credit cards and PayPal

With the launch of the PlayStation 5, it is expected that Sony would eventually try to push its older gaming systems out of the picture. That almost happened this year, but the company relented and allowed some venerable consoles to continue the status quo. That's not to say that it's willing to spend resources on maintaining those well-aged PlayStation systems. It seems that the company has discovered a strategy to push the PS3 and the PS Vita into obsolescence by making it extremely difficult to purchase games and DLCs moving forward.

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Sony backtracks on PS3, PS Vita store shut downs

Sony backtracks on PS3, PS Vita store shut downs

Back in March, Sony revealed its plans to shut down the digital PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita storefronts this summer. The announcement received a lot of pushback from gamers, and today, Sony announced that it's making an about-face - the PS3 and PS Vita stores won't be shutting down this summer as originally announced, and will instead stay online so users can continue to purchase games and other media for those platforms.

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PS3, PS Vita, PSP tipped severe usability limits imminent

PS3, PS Vita, PSP tipped severe usability limits imminent

When you purchase an older PlayStation, you do so with the understanding that it won't always have the same software support as it has now. You'll still be able to play the games you have on disk and the games you've downloaded, but new digital games are not forever. A rumor this week suggests that Sony PlayStation 3 will join the ranks of 1 and 2 with "no digital games store available."

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PS Vita Killzone: Mercenary servers suddenly went dark

PS Vita Killzone: Mercenary servers suddenly went dark

It's no secret that Sony has officially pulled the plug on its last gaming handheld but that was really only as far as production of the PlayStation Vita and its cartridges go. One would expect the console to continue working with existing games though some Vita-related servers to eventually fold. Unfortunately for players of Killzone: Mercenary, that happened without warning even when those official servers were actually run by Sony itself.

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Don’t expect a PS Vita successor anytime soon

Don’t expect a PS Vita successor anytime soon

Ever since the launch of the Game Boy in the 1980s, Nintendo has been a dominant force in the world of handheld gaming. A number of companies tried to challenge that dominance, and the one that best gave Nintendo a run for its money was likely Sony with the PSP and its follow up, the PS Vita. Earlier this year, Sony discontinued the final remaining PS Vita SKUs with no concrete plans for any kind of follow up.

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Sony PlayStation cartridge patent sparks handheld hope

Sony PlayStation cartridge patent sparks handheld hope

It might be doing terribly on smartphones but Sony is, fortunately, doing well in most of its other businesses. Its PlayStation, under the Sony Interactive Entertainment company, remains one of the top two (or three) gaming systems in the world and it could get an infusion of new interest and profits with the expected launch of the PlayStation 5. That may not be the only thing that Sony is preparing for, however, as hints of a new gaming device may be on the way thanks to a patent for a gaming cartridge.

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PlayStation Vita death leaves Sony without a gaming handheld

PlayStation Vita death leaves Sony without a gaming handheld

The writing has been on the wall for months but the ax has finally fallen. PS Vita mortuus est! Sony has officially ceased the production of its remaining gaming handheld console after months of winding down everything connected to it. And with no plans for a successor of any kind, Sony has practically surrendered that market to Nintendo as the Switch continues to outsell, or at least out-hype, both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.

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PlayStation Plus games for February include Hitman, For Honor

PlayStation Plus games for February include Hitman, For Honor

With February just around the corner, Sony has detailed the next round of free games that will be offered through PlayStation Plus. As always, there are two games for each of the consoles currently supported by PlayStation Plus: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. The two games headlining February's batch are particularly big names, so we can imagine many people putting bandwidth toward downloading PS Plus games in February.

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Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, and Wii U come to an end

Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, and Wii U come to an end

At this point, Minecraft seems like one of those evergreen games that isn't going anywhere, but today the journey is coming to an end for some folks playing on older consoles. 4J Studios, which has handled porting and maintenance duties on Minecraft for a variety of platforms, has announced that work has wrapped on the Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii U, and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

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PlayStation Plus will end PS3 and PS Vita free games in early 2019

PlayStation Plus will end PS3 and PS Vita free games in early 2019

Sony has sent an email to PlayStation Plus subscribers with a reminder many customers may have missed the first time around: it will stop offering PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games as part of its PS Plus monthly free games lineup. The change will take place after March 8, 2019, though users will get to keep the ones they've already acquired as long as they keep their subscription.

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PlayStation Plus December 2018 free games include horror and racing

PlayStation Plus December 2018 free games include horror and racing

Sony has revealed its December 2018 free game lineup for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The company is offering up half a dozen titles for its console owners, offering something for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. Most notable about the offerings is Soma, a science fiction horror game from the creators behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

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PS Vita production ends in Japan next year

PS Vita production ends in Japan next year

If it wasn't before, it's clear now that the PS Vita is on the way out. Sony has revealed plans to wind down production in Japan soon, essentially condemning the handheld to death. There's no precise date for this halt to production yet, but the PS Vita's days are certainly numbered regardless.

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