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Sony closes a PS Plus loophole by pausing subscription renewals

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Sony has temporarily prevented existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now members from renewing their subscriptions as it prepares to combine them in the revamped PS Plus. It’s a clear attempt to prevent users from accessing the highest level of the updated service cheaply for years to come.

When Sony announced the new plans last month, it said that PlayStation Now members would have their subscription converted to PS Plus Premium for the same time. That level of service includes current PS Plus perks and 400 mid-range PS4 and PS5 titles, as well as hundreds of past-generation games and cloud streaming on PS4, PS5, and PC.

Sony clarified this week that if a user has both PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions active when the new service launches in the coming weeks, they will be able to access PS Plus Premium for the longer of the two terms before being required to renew. In other words, if you had seven years left to use your PS Plus subscription after stacking up one-year subscriptions, but recently took out a 12-month PS Now subscription, you’d get seven years of access to PS Plus Premium at a significant discount after the switch.

As noted by Twitter gaming deals maestro Wario64Sony has updated its PS Plus FAQ section to note that current PS Plus and PS Now subscribers are currently unable to redeem voucher codes and renew their membership. They can redeem them again when their current membership ends or the new PS Plus service is available in their region, whichever comes first. As such, the company has stopped people from taking advantage of the PS Plus Premium loophole.

“As we prepare to launch the new PlayStation Plus membership service, we are doing some behind the scenes work to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of our existing members,” Sony said:† “As part of this work, we have temporarily disabled stacking of subscriptions for existing customers until after launch.”

If you have an un-redeemed voucher, it will now be converted into a time period equal to its monetary value. So if you’re not currently a subscriber and have a month-long PS Plus or PS Now code in a drawer somewhere, that can be converted into a month of PS Plus Essential or 17 days of PS Plus Premium access. Sony has published a conversion table detailed how it all works.

The revamped PS Plus service will launch on May 23 in some Asian markets, June 1 in Japan, June 13 in the Americas and June 22 in Europe.

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