Yesterday, we reported that Sony has seemingly blocked the renewal of PS Plus and Now via prepaid cards to prevent users from stacking their subscriptions before the roll out of the new PlayStation Plus Premium service. Sony today has confirmed that they are indeed blocking subscription renewals for the meantime while also providing a new PlayStation Plus Premium conversion table for your PS Plus and PS Now cards.
Here’s the official confirmation from Sony regarding the blocking via the updated PS Plus FAQ:
As we prepare to launch the new PlayStation Plus membership service, we are doing some work behind the scenes to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of our existing members. As part of this work, we’ve temporarily disabled stacking memberships for existing customers until after the launch. Rest assured that your voucher code is still valid, and you will be able to redeem your code either when your existing membership expires and deactivates, or after the new PlayStation Plus service launches in your area, whichever happens first.
This means that if you’re planning to stack subsciptions via these renewal cards, you’re out of luck. However, if you don’t have an existing subscription, it seems that you can safely subscribe to the service as per this line from the FAQ:
If you are not a current member of the service the voucher is for, you can redeem your voucher using PS4, PS5, Web and Mobile App. Click here for instructions. If you join PlayStation Plus and still have an active membership when the new PlayStation Plus service launches, you will transition into PlayStation Plus Essential. If you join PlayStation Now and still have an active membership when the new PlayStation Plus service launches, you will automatically migrate to the PlayStation Plus Premium.
As for those who have now stacked either PS Plus or PS Now cards and have existing subscriptions, you will be able to use your cards only after:
If you currently have a PlayStation Plus or PlayStation 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 PlayStation Plus service launches in your area, whichever happens first. Rest assured that your voucher code is still valid.
As for the new conversion table for PlayStation Plus Premium, check out the handy table below to see how many days you can get from the cards you have:
|1 month||31 days Essential||31 days Essential||20 days Extra||17 days Premium|
|3 months||92 days Essential||92 days Essential||58 days Extra||46 days Premium|
|12 months||365 days Essential||365 days Essential||219 days Extra||183 days Premium|
|1 month||21 days Premium||40 days Essential||25 days Extra||21 days Premium|
|3 months||53 days Premium||105 days Essential||66 days Extra||53 days Premium|
|12 months||183 days Premium||365 days Essential||219 days Extra||183 days Premium|
With this, it seems that Sony has curbed the possible exploit of users stacking their subscriptions before the service even releases. Given that there appears to be a lot of users who were affected by the sudden stoppage of renewal through cards, it’s good that Sony addressed the issue before the renewed service launches in June.