PlayStation 5: Users getting banned for unlocking PS5-exclusive PlayStation Plus Collection to PlayStation 4 owners
With the launch of the PlayStation 5, Sony also introduced PlayStation Plus Collection which is a collection of 20 popular PlayStation 4 titles granted for free to PlayStation 5 owners who subscribe to PS Plus. However, as games from this collection are also playable on one’s PlayStation 4, folks decided to exploit Sony’s offering by selling PlayStation Plus Collection unlocks to PS4 owners but this did not end well as we’ll see in this article!
What is the PlayStation Plus Collection?
As the introduction suggests, the PlayStation Plus Collection is a set of 20 PlayStation 4 games that are granted for free to those who own a PlayStation 5 and pay a PlayStation Plus subscription (as long as they keep on paying it). This collection, which can also be played on one’s PlayStation 4 by logging into the same account used on their PS5, provides hundreds of dollars worth of noteworthy titles that include:
- Persona 5
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- God of War
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Mortal Kombat X
- Fallout 4
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
- Battlefield 1
- COD: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Infamous Second Son
- Ratchet and Clank
- The Last Guardian
- Until Dawn
- Monster Hunter: World
- Batman: Arkham Knight
PS5 owners getting banned by selling PS Plus Collection unlocks to PS4 owners
If you’re the type of person who quickly spots loopholes, you’ll quickly realise Sony’s PlayStation Plus Collection has one glaring issue in that a PlayStation 5 owner can log into the account of another PlayStation Plus subscriber who does not own a PlayStation 5 and unlock the game collection for use on a PlayStation 4… and this is exactly what some folks online did. Posting listings on eBay, some PlayStation 5 owners decided to make a quick buck by selling ‘unlocks’ for the PlayStation Plus Collection to PlayStation 4 owners who don’t have a PS5 by simply logging in to buyer’s PSN account on their own PS5 thus granting the aforementioned 20 games to the buyer without much effort.
The aforementioned practice obviously didn’t go down well with reports on Chinese forums that Sony have been banning PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 owners engaging in the practice (tweet below). Thankfully, listings on eBay for the unlocking service appear to have subdued for the most part which will surely avoid a ban or two to unknowing users.
All in all, let’s just hope (or not depending on your PoV) that those selling unlocks had a regular PlayStation 5 and not a digital-only version because if not, their console has now effectively become an paperweight 🙂
Video Games Chronicle was used as a source for this article: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/ps5-users-are-reportedly-getting-banned-for-selling-a-ps-plus-collection-exploit/
Thousands of PSN accounts have been banned, and according to community discussions, these accounts are concentrated in HK(@PlayStationHK ), and have in common the receipt of Sony's PS Collection service for PS Plus, which contains serveral PS4 games for free. pic.twitter.com/ECWPRgVuO2
— 王之乎 (@zhihuwong) November 26, 2020