Sony Confirms PS Plus Subscription Stacking Has Been Blocked

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Sony has officially confirmed that it has blocked existing PS Plus subscribers from stacking memberships prior to the release of its new tiers. In a sneaky update to an FAQ, the platform holder added the following language: “If you currently have a PS Plus or PS Now membership, due to changes we are making to the service prior to launch, you won’t be able to redeem a voucher code for that service until your existing membership expires and deactivates, or after the new PS Plus service launches in your area, whichever happens first.”

Earlier this week, it emerged that the manufacturer was preventing existing PS Plus subscribers from extending their membership using both the PS Store and pre-paid vouchers. Some assumed this was a technical glitch, but language from the firm’s support departments suggested this was all intentional – despite no prior communication from the company at all. Members of both PS Plus and PS Now will automatically be upgraded to PS Plus Premium for the duration of their longest subscription, and some were attempting to utilise the loophole to extend their membership to the highest tier.

It’s worth reiterating that, despite being a loophole, there had been no prior communication from Sony that PS Plus stacking would be disabled until today.

The company says that it will honour any PS Plus vouchers purchased, but active members will not be able to redeem them until the new service launches. Furthermore, they will be converted to an equivalent value for the tier they’re currently in: “The PS Plus or PS Now voucher you redeem will be converted to a length of time on your current PS Plus membership plan equivalent to the monetary value of the voucher you are redeeming. For example, a 1-month PS Plus voucher will provide access to approximately 3 weeks of PS Plus Extra or approximately 2.5 weeks of PS Plus Premium.”

The website includes a link to a conversion chart but, as of the time of writing, that points to a blank page. Of course, that’s par for the course for this company’s incompetent communication standards, we suppose.

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