If you’ve purchased and racked up a ton of PS Now subscriptions to get 50% off the next PS Plus rollout, it looks like you’ve beaten the system. Cheer!
Following the announcement of the redesign, deals maestro @Wario64 spotted a flaw that essentially allowed players to get an annual PS Plus Premium subscription for half price.
The revamped PS Plus service will migrate current PS Now subscribers to the top-tier PS Plus Premium subscription. There’s a huge price gap between the two, so savvy buyers swarmed in to take advantage of the situation before Sony shut it down. But it looks like whoever participated in it is going to pose as a bandit.
A screenshot of an email that was allegedly sent to PlayStation Plus subscribers has been posted on ResetEra. It seems to confirm that members will “keep any stacked subscription period” they have already paid for (highlighted in red).
As a member myself, I also received a PS Plus email update, although mine didn’t read the same as the one above. Sony hasn’t weighed in to say it won’t honor paid stacked subscriptions, so there’s no reason to doubt the validity of the email. But it is strange that it is not the same that is at all levels.
How did the PS Plus loophole work?
Sony has confirmed that existing PS Plus members will be transferred to the base PS Plus Essential plan. Meanwhile, PS Now members will upgrade to the premier PS Plus Premium service.
PS Now costs $59.99/£49.99 per year, while PS Plus Premium is priced at $119.99/£99.99 per year. You can see where this leads.
Shortly after it was announced that the revamped plan would roll out this summer, people rushed to rack up and rack up as many PS Now annual subscriptions as possible. Some managed to muster up to 10 years of membership before Sony figured out what was going on and shut down the operation.
That means they’ve taken out multiple annual subscriptions at the most expensive, full-featured PS Plus tier at half price.
We reached out to Sony again to find out if it will honor stacked subscriptions, but it looks like it likely will for now. So if you were quick, you potentially saved hundreds of dollars for the foreseeable future. Let’s just hope you don’t have the sudden urge to ditch your PS5 for an Xbox Series X five years into the console cycle.