This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
PlayStation Plus (a subscription-only service) subscribers who own PlayStation 5 are offered the "PS Plus Collection", which allows them to play 19 classic titles such as "Bloodborne" and "Fallout 4" in Japan. Rumor has it that "thousands" of PSN accounts that allowed PS4 users without PS5 to play these games have been suspended by Sony.
Signing in to an account created on PS4 via PS5 unlocks perks for the next generation console. This means that PS4 users with PS Plus subscriptions can access the Collection (20 games overseas) simply by signing in to a friend's PS5.
According to the British gaming information site VGC, the collection was immediately sold on the auction site eBay for about £5. It doesn't say how, but it is assumed that the PS5 owner asked for a PS4 account and used it to gain access to the site on their behalf. It is reported that more than 20 users have already placed orders and some of the vendors have earned over £100.
Subsequently, both PS5 owners who had sold many PS Plus collection accesses and the PS4 users who purchased them have had their PSN accounts suspended, according to the report. Twitter user Zhihuwong reports that these accounts are concentrated in Hong Kong (@PlaystationHK).
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
While those accounts were suspended for two months, there are testimonials that PS5 units used for this trick have been permanently blocked from network services. However, according to VGC, it is unclear whether Sony intentionally disposed of users who only unlocked the collection, as PSN has a habit of banning access to units that log in with multiple accounts per day to prevent fraud.
The collection, which is an exclusive benefit for PS5 users, is considered by some to be a rival to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service (although SIE CEO Jim Ryan has stated that "we're going to put new AAA titles in our subscriptions [like Xbox Game Pass]"). But first and foremost, it is hoped that the ongoing shortage of the mainstay PS5 console will be resolved as soon as possible.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.