One PlayStation 4 user has found an exploit on the PlayStation Store, and has used it repeatedly to unlock over 20 years of free service on the subscription-based premium service.
PlayStation Plus is a premium service which provides exclusive betas, monthly free games and discounts along the PS3, PS4 and Vita consoles, and online multiplayer to PS4 users. While this service usually costs £39.99 ($49.99) per year, one anonymous user has found a bug in the store, unlocking years of free service.
“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 user is quoted as saying. “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.”
While some may find this unscrupulous, many are certainly going to try to jump on the free-service bandwagon. If Sony haven’t fixed this bug yet, you can put money on the fact that they will. As for whether or not they will deduct these multiple purchases from the user remains to be seen. While the user is anonymous at the moment, as the first user to have their subscription extended until March 2035, they should not be too hard for Sony to find.