Through a new firmware update, the PS3 and the PSVita no longer give the possibility to create an account playstation. It will now be necessary to go through a smartphone or a computer to open such an account on these machines.
Switch owners generally greet each new firmware update for their machine with enthusiasm, as it may contain one or more long-requested additions. But PS3 and PS Vita owners are not fooled: each new update brings these latest platforms closer to the graveyard.
If you still have a connected PS3 or PS Vita, each of these consoles has just received an update (4.89 for the PS3 and 3.74 for the Vita). Which deactivates, in both cases, the possibility of opening a PlayStation (or PSN) account.
Creation of a PSN account on PS3 or PS Vita: the smartphone or the computer as the only remaining means
If it is therefore no longer possible to create a PlayStation account from a PS3 or a PS Vita, this does not mean that you can no longer open an account on these platforms. Only, it will now be necessary to go through a smartphone or a computer to carry out the procedure.
These updates also disable several account management settings. Recovering your password can now only be done by using a third-party device such as a smartphone. With navigation made even more complicated, Sony has, in all likelihood, gone back to hammering the nails into the coffin of the PS3 and PS Vita. After the announcement last year that the PlayStation Store would be closing on both platforms, the backlash from audio gamers led the manufacturer to push back its plans indefinitely. While on the side of Nintendo, the end of the Wii U and 3DS eShop is recorded for the month of March.
For now, if we know that the PlayStation 3 is part of one of the new PlayStation Plus offers with the PlayStation 2 and the PSP, the PS Vita remains the eternally forgotten.