The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita both received updates that disable the ability to create PSN accounts on the systems.
PlayStation 3 version 4.89 and PlayStation Vita version 3.74 also removed several account management settings and now require a third-party device such as a smartphone in order to retrieve a device password for login.
Players wishing to create an account on these systems will now have to do so via a smartphone or computer.
This comes as Sony is slowing down shutter services for legacy systems. The company faced backlash last year for its plans to close the PS3 and PS Vita digital stores, a move it later reversed.
PlayStation Plus monthly games – PS5 and PS4 – May 2022
Last year, Sony removed the ability to purchase games using credit or debit cards on both systems, instead requiring players to top up their digital wallets using a computer , a PS4 or PS5 system.
This is likely to be the next step in what will eventually be the complete shutdown of the PlatStation Store on both systems. However, a timeline for doing so is unclear at this time, particularly after the backlash from the previous announcement.
While Sony seems to be paying more attention to game preservation than in the past, the PlayStation Vita faces a unique problem. Due to the touchscreen nature of the device and touch functionality on the rear of the system, emulating and playing games on other PlayStation platforms proved difficult to port.
It’s telling that in the upcoming PlayStation Plus refresh which will see games from PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 added to a backward compatible library, the PlayStation Vita is omitted entirely.