How to add funds to your PS3 wallet 2023

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We have already covered different ways to add money to your Switch account as well as the steps to add money to the wallet on an Xbox. Now it is time to explore how to add funds to your PS3 wallet.

Sony has introduced some changes to the method of adding funds to the PS3 wallet, leaving gamers slightly bewildered about the new process. If you find yourself puzzled and unsure how to proceed, fear not!

In this concise guide, we will shed light on the recent updates and guide you through the revised steps to successfully add funds to your PS3 wallet.

How to add funds to your PS3 wallet

Starting from October 27, 2021, you will no longer be able to use credit or debit cards, or a payment method such as PayPal, to buy digital content or add funds to your wallet directly on the PS3.

If you want to add funds to your PS3 wallet, first, you will need to access the PlayStation Store from a different device. This includes the newer PlayStation consoles like the PS5 and PS4, as well as through the website or the mobile app.

Here are the detailed steps you need to take to add funds to your PS3 wallet:

  • Access PS Store via your desktop computer, mobile device, PS4 or PS5 console.
  • Use a credit or debit card, PayPal or other available payment method to add the minimum amount required to cover the cost of the content you want to buy.
  • Once you’ve added money to your wallet, you can return to the PS3 Store to make your purchase.

It is worth mentioning that you can also add funds to your wallet by redeeming a PlayStation Store gift card.

By following the steps outlined here, you can ensure your PS3 wallet is consistently topped up, enabling you to purchase the content (including DLC) you like via in-game stores

Why can't I add funds to my PS3 wallet?

You can't add funds to your PS3 wallet because Sony no longer allows you to add funds to the PlayStation wallet directly from the PS3 console.

You will still be able to add funds to your PS3 wallet, but you must do it on an alternative device such as a desktop computer, mobile device, PS4 console or PS5 console.

Why don't Sony allow adding fund directly from PS3?

The decision to disallow the direct addition of funds from the PS3 console is primarily driven by the goal of enhancing online payment security for all PS3 owners.


PS3 consoles have outdated security protocols compared to newer platforms. This can increase the risk of vulnerabilities and exploits, potentially compromising the confidentiality, integrity, and overall security of online transactions.

By directing users to add funds through newer devices, Sony can leverage the improved security measures implemented on these more recent systems, ensuring a safer and more secure payment environment for users.

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