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PS4 owner finds PS Plus loophole that gave him 20 years of free service

Zach Epstein
February 13th, 2014 at 12:06 PM
PlayStation Plus Hack

Sony’s PlayStation Plus service carries with it a number of perks worth paying for, including online multiplayer, discounts and access to free games on PSN. But as it turns out, it looks like there’s a loophole that allows PlayStation 4 users and owners of other PlayStation consoles to get PS Plus service for free — and one unscrupulous used the trick to rack up more than 20 years of free Plus membership without paying a single cent.

The anonymous tipster — who shouldn’t be terribly difficult for Sony to identify, considering his PlayStation Plus membership now runs through 2035 — recently contacted VG247 with details about the trick, which is as simple as repeatedly signing up for the standard 14-day free PS Plus trial afforded to PlayStation 4 owners.

“I never had PS+ so I decided to give it a try on my shiny new PS4. A new ad in the PS Store advertises 14 days free of PS+ if you have never had the service before,” the unnamed tipster told the site. “Once you accept the deal, you are allowed to keep extending the 14 free days for free once prompted after confirmation of the free purchase. All you have to do is keep pressing X and you keep getting 14 free days added to your free subscription. The hundreds of email confirmations from Sony all say $0.00.”

The screenshot below seemingly confirms that the bug is real, though Sony will likely address it very soon.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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