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PS4 owner finds PS Plus loophole, subscribes until 2035 without paying a penny

Thursday, 13th February 2014 09:12 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 users can currently claim a free 14-day PS Plus trial subscription for free via the PSN store, and one gamer has found a loophole on the marketplace that allows repeat spamming of the offer. He’s now a free PS Plus member until the year 2035 without paying a penny.

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The tipster – who we will not name here – contacted VG247 this morning to say that he stumbled upon the error, which saw him entering the PlayStation Plus tab of the PS Store, and then clicking on an Outlast-branded 14-day free trial banner. The offer is good to anyone who is signing up to PS Plus for the first time, and does not apply to existing subscribers.

He then added his credit card information for renewal purposes, at which point the interface asked if he wanted to extend his membership. The options allowed him to do so in 14-day intervals. He successfully extended his free membership to the year 2033.

It’s clear that this is an error. The tipster told us over email, “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.

A day later, our tipster returned to see if the glitch was still active. He added two more years to his subscription and is now a PS Plus member until 2035:

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“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″

We’ve contacted Sony to shed official light on the matter, and so far we’ve been told there’s no comment. We’ll update you once we know more.

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  1. Rodrister

    Only for newbies? That sucks =(

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Err…it’s not allowed :/

    #2 6 months ago
  3. dsr

    With shitty games they are giving for PS4, $0 sounds about right for PS Plus.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. undeadwolfy

    Doesn’t work anymore. Don’t ask how I know…

    #4 6 months ago
  5. undeadwolfy

    @dsr Don’t be a jackass.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. aseddon130

    “for who won’t be named”

    lets be honest, if Sony can whittle down accounts based on a search, there won’t be too many people (or a lot) who have got legitimate purhcased memberships until 2035, so he won’t be hard for them to find.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Legendaryboss

    Wait a sec? You contacted Sony? Snitch! :P

    #7 6 months ago
  8. Major Mayhem 70

    @7 Actually it was foolish of the guy that found this loophole to tell someone what he felt he had gotten away with. Keywords, “what he felt he had gotten away with.” I guess your sins never feel good unless someone knows your sinning… Think about it. yeah, dude should have kept mum about his discovery.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. Mike W

    Wow, what an ass clown……smh

    I don’t understand this generation’s satisfaction of posting every single little detail they find on the web?

    It’s a sad state of affairs that these fucking idiots don’t even realize that not only are they making themselves look like complete fools, but they’re also telling on themselves.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Dirkster_Dude

    Do you really think someone will be able to get away with using this loophole for long? Sony like everyone else is going to keep track of how people became members and you can bet something like being a member until 2035 is going to stand out. They will keep track of it even if it’s only for internal market research. If this person is anywhere in the United States, depending on the state and local laws the amount stolen (and yes, they did steal – “theft of services”) could be considered a felony crime. This person is stupid.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. Major Mayhem 70

    @10
    It ain’t that serious Dude. Chances are, Sony will honor the 14 days and email this guy that all those years he put in for are null n void. I do agree with you though that Sony would have found out anyways.

    @9
    I’m with you on that man. People tell all their business on the internet and wonder why they get caught or put on blast for their ignorance. They say Big Brother is watching, nah, Little Brother is talking. Smh

    #11 5 months ago
  12. Chewy

    @Dirkster_Dude I don’t think something like this can be considered “Theft of Services”. Taking into account it is a fault on Sony’s end, they can’t push for a lawsuit or even jail time. Their coders muffed up, and Sony will either A. Eat the cost (if they want to keep good face with everyone like they’ve been trying to), or B. like Mayhem said, Sony will null and void all the time he accumulated via the hiccup and just give him the 14 day free trial (If they don’t void all the other trials before his 15th day, they’ll have to honor another 14 days to him, or they’ll give him a month just because.)

    Plus, “Theft of Services” wouldn’t hold up in court for this kind of thing anyways. It was advertised as a free extension and the receipt said $0.00. You can’t advertise it on the store and turn around and say its $50 a year, even though we all know that it is $50 a year. If the guy has pictures, which he does, Sony would be stupid to go after people for this. Waste of money they kinda need right now.

    #12 5 months ago
  13. ddtd

    @8 & 9 – Maybe he wanted to let Sony about the glitch because he’s a decent guy.

    #13 5 months ago
  14. One-Shot

    @#3

    Umm all of them have been quite solid so far, especially Resogun. Then again you’re just trying to troll and probably don’t even own a PS4.

    #14 5 months ago
  15. justerthought

    @dsr
    Wow you’re a pretty negative guy. I joined and got Bioshock Infinite and Borderlands 2 for free on PS3. They are not shit and I did not have them. Not played Outlast yet but it cannot be shit if PC gamers raved over it. Two free games for each console, every month, 24 free games per year, is a really good deal by anyone’s standard.

    #15 5 months ago
  16. Dirkster_Dude

    @Chewy It reads “14-day free trial”. If he actually uses the service and doesn’t pay for it that is “Theft of Services”. It doesn’t matter if it’s a glitch or not. This is no different than not placing a price tag on an item in a store and you walk out without paying for it and use the excuse “well there was no price tag so I thought it was free.” – Good luck with that. However, what I think may happen anyway after the 14 day trial is his credit card will be charged no matter how long it tells him he is a member. It may even mess up and charge him from now until 2035, which would be $1050 (USD).

    #16 5 months ago