Sony stops stacking PlayStation Now to protect its new Premium service

Sony has updated its PlayStation Plus FAQ page (hidden at the bottom here) and is further cracking down on loopholes that offered users early discounts on its upcoming PlayStation Plus Premium service. It’s also pausing activation of PlayStation Plus and Now vouchers for current subscribers until its new service rolls out in June, and there’s even an official conversion chart showing the value of those vouchers for its next three services; PlayStation Plus Essentials, Extra and Premium.

After Sony announced plans to restructure PlayStation Plus into a new three-tiered service to further compete with Microsoft and Nintendo’s services, things were a little vague about how the conversion to the new tiers would work. Users began piling on prepaid subscriptions to PlayStation Now, Sony’s cloud streaming service on consoles and PCs, hoping the $59.99 per year service would convert to the next $119.99 per year PlayStation Plus Premium . Sony was quick to stop many people from exploiting this discount, but that couldn’t stop people from buying and redeeming the cards for some sort of service – and those leftover PS Now voucher cards will get you at least a partial PlayStation Plus Premium subscription.

At least they will start in June. Sony is now blocking many people from using prepaid vouchers until PS Plus relaunch. Only users who are not already subscribers can use a one-, three-, or 12-month prepaid card, which is still sold at many retailers (including direct from Sony).

What if you have a prepaid voucher once June rolls around? Well, it will always be worth buying them back once you can. Sony has created this helpful chart to explain how much they are worth when converting to the new service. While a month of PlayStation Now won’t buy you a month of PlayStation Plus Premium, Sony says you’ll still get β€œthe term equivalent to the monetary value of your original voucher.

Sony PlayStation Plus voucher conversion chart.

Did I say useful? I meant appalling. But just as Sony’s announcement of its new PS Plus service has been fraught with difficulty, so has its communication of conversions so far. Hopefully the next new information from Sony will be the complete list of games accessible with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium, so that people have a clearer idea of Why these new levels are worthy of a subscription.

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