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As reported by VGC, two new updates for both the PS3 and PS Vita were released today (May 10) which remove a number of account management settings from the consoles, including account creation.
Now, users wishing to create a new account or recover a password will need to use a third-party device, such as a smartphone or computer.
As the official PlayStation website details, the PS3 software update 4.89 will need a minimum 200MB of free space on either the PS3 Hard Disk Drive (System Update) or on removable storage media (PC Update) to be installed. Meanwhile, update 3.74 for the PSVita (as well as PlayStation TV systems) doesn’t include any requirements.
Both updates also improve system performance.
Last year, Sony announced its plans to slowly close services for older PlayStation systems and went on to close both digital stores for the PS3 and PSVita. However, the plan didn’t last long following the community outrage, and the decision was later reversed. “Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices,” Jim Ryan, president & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said at the time.
Last month, former PlayStation boss Jack Tretton has said he wishes Sony had backed the PlayStation Vita more. In an interview, he said: “There were certainly technologies that I thought were good but just didn’t have the level of support they needed.”