Sony has reportedly prevented players who subscribed to the old PlayStation Plus model from accumulating their entitlement to the service.
It has emerged on the ResetEra forum that an increasing number of PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 users have been unable to renew their subscriptions in recent days. Sony’s customer service has told several affected users that the company has temporarily prevented them from stacking their subscriptions.
“Due to the upcoming changes in the PlayStation Plus subscription, the PlayStation Plus stacking is currently not available as we have removed the ability to do that. We understand how important this is for you, and we will have answers on how this will work once the new PlayStation Plus membership becomes available. I understand how frustrating this must be. I can only advise you to wait until your current subscription is over, then use your code. Extension/stacking is no longer available,” Sony wrote to the user who posted it on ResetEra.
In a way, it’s understandable why Sony did this, as, during April, several users bought PlayStation Now subscriptions years in advance to save on the price of PlayStation Plus Premium. In a Q&A, Sony mentioned that anyone who subscribed to PS Plus and PS Now would automatically be moved to PlayStation Plus Premium, and Sony will consider which of the two subscriptions expires later.
You can also take an email sent out by the PlayStation customer support to a reader of Push Square: “I have checked the voucher and your account and can conclude that as of now there is a temporarily deactivated function for PS Plus/PS Now subscriptions which do not allow for stacking of either membership on already active memberships. It is only temporary, and as soon as we have more information about [it], we will let our players know.”
So there’s no tricking the system. Those who want more games (whether PS1, PS2, PSP titles) will have to dig deeper into their pockets. Sony is not as rich as Microsoft.