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Weirdness: This PS4 Owner Managed to Get a 21 Year PS Plus Subscription for Free

Posted by Kell Andersen

Do not try this at home

You may recall that Sony has been offering 14 day free trials for subscription service PlayStation Plus to new PlayStation 4 owners as a means of demonstrating its value. Well, it seems that, as always, one devious fan has found a way to twist this act of goodwill for his own personal gain.

Speaking to VG247, the errant rogue detailed a method he used to claim the test period multiple times. So many times, in fact, that he won't need to fork out for the service again until 2035. By our shoddy calculations, that means that he's gaining a staggering 21 years completely free.

It goes without saying that we definitely do not condone these actions, and we strongly discourage you from trying to replicate this glitch. Now that the error is publicly known, however, the Japanese giant will undoubtedly be hard at work trying to create a fix.

What's more, as we've made abundantly clear in the past, we genuinely think that the premium subscription service is a brilliant deal that is worth your hard earned cash. Let us never forget the glorious day that Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida came down from on high and gifted us mere mortals with Resogun in the Instant Game Collection. What's your take on this issue? How long do you think that it'll take Sony to shut down the party? Spend 21 years in the comments section below.

[via vg247.com]

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User Comments (27)

get2sammybAdmin

#1

get2sammyb said:

I bet the problem's fixed by tonight. Also wouldn't be surprised if said user found his 'free' subscriptions terminated.

Paranoimia

#2

Paranoimia said:

Just goes to show that no matter how much value you offer, some people will always want more for even less.

I'd give him a 6-month ban as well.

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#7

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

He didn't actually do anything wrong, it asked if he wanted to extend his free trial so he said yes. He didn't hack in and slap 30 years on his account. Sony should of course take back the years added in error and that's all. Calm down kids.

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

@RyoHazuki - Thanks. I don't understand how somebody should be banned for taking what is offered. I've had about 5 or 6 different free trials of Netflix and Gamefly and Amazon Prime over the years, should I be banned from them? If its a problem on Sonys end they should fix it. And it's reasonable that his "free trials" expire after awhile - maybe a year - but I dont see any bannable offense. Maybe Sonys programmers should be banned from holding a job for letting this happen in the first place?

Madd_Hatter401

#9

Madd_Hatter401 said:

You cant ban the guy for capitalizing on a mistake made by Sony. I do hope he wakes up tomorrow with no PS plus though, I'd assume his 14 days are up.

617Sqn

#12

617Sqn said:

Remember people, this person has not killed or hurt anyone, he's only crime is that he knew a trick which none of us did. If we did we ALL would have done the same!

rjejr

#13

rjejr said:

@charlesnarles - Got a joke for ya.

A guy walks into a bar, asks a woman to have sex w/ him for a dollar.
She says no.
$10?
No.
$100?
No.
$1,000?
No.
$1 million?
OK.
How about $20?
What do you think I am?
We've already established what you are, now we're just haggling over the price.

Sony is offering a "free trial". He didn't steal anything. 1 week free trial, 1 month free trial, 21 year free trial. Somebody offers you a free trial and you take them up on the offer, and it's the person's fault? Not his fault the programmers suck at their job. He did Sony a favor announcing it, they should give him a free year, take back the other 20 as a computer glitch - like airlines and Amazon always do when things like $5 plane tickets pop up - fix the glitch, and call it a day.

Seriously, when's the last time somebody bought a $5 plane ticket thru a computer glitch and got sued? Happens all the time, companies just cancel the deal, or occasionally honor it, I've never heard of anyone getting sued or prosecuted for it. If he used stolen credit cards or log in from a different country that's different, but the article just says "free trial".

charlesnarles

#17

charlesnarles said:

@DaftPlayStation @rjejr Cause everyone else has to pay for it, including the shareholders who won't be seeing a return on that $1050. Not that it'd even be perceptible over all if them, but it's undeniably unscrupulous and I still think illegal for him to receive games without somebody paying for it. Sony wouldn't leave that out of a contract; if he did breach it, then they definitely have a right to sue (and obviously refuse anybody any service)

rjejr

#18

rjejr said:

@charlesnarles - They are only out $1050 IF he would have paid for it. And IF PS+ lasts 21 years. Which I seriously seriously doubt. So maybe they are out $100 for 2 years. BUT, Sony isn't stupid w/ PS+, they "rent" a lot of games that have DLC. People get the $50yr rentals and then buy DLC, some for full price. There are also PS+ discounts for people who may not buy the game at full price. So Sony makes more money on those sales. Sony could actually be GAINING thousands of $ from this guy over the course of 21 years. But until somebody finds a gateway to an alternate dimension to the universe where this guy doesn't have a 21 free years we'll never actually know what Sony made or lost. But if we go to the Mirror, Mirror universe Kaz could look into a mirror and make him disappear w/ the press of a button.

Sorry for the long rant, but the whole "piracy costs X amount of $" idea is SUCH BS.

TasukiStaff

#19

Tasuki said:

Honestly if the fault lies in with Sony they should just cut his PSN + membership off until he pays for it. No need to ban him or freeze his account. Now if he didn't come forth with the info then I would say ban him for using an exploit. If anything I think it would be nice of Sony to give him like a free year for letting them know about this exploit so others can't use it but I doubt they will.

Shellybird27

#20

Shellybird27 said:

What the hell? Ban him? If you had the opportuntity, there's no way in hell all of you people wouldn't do it. This guy is awesome, no banning required. Just a fix is all.

TasukiStaff

#21

Tasuki said:

@Shellybird27: I would honestly say I wouldn't do it. Main reason I wouldn't is because of the fact that if Sony found out they would more then likely take it away so in the end what would be the point.

feelthesarcasm

#25

feelthesarcasm said:

It's a shame that his need to brag about it to a gaming site was more important than getting the free PS Plus. I mean really, WHY WOULD YOU TELL ANYONE? He probably won't have it anymore and the company may block his account from ever receiving another PS Plus subscription all because the guy couldn't keep his mouth shut and just enjoy his 21 years. Sigh, some people just want 15 minutes of fame for anything.

Zombie_Barioth

#26

Zombie_Barioth said:

@feelthesarcasm
He probably would have gotten into more trouble if he kept his mouth shut and Sony noticed whats wrong with the picture.

Anyway, this wouldn't be grounds for banning. He certainly shouldn't be allowed to keep them but banning him for exploiting a glitch would do more harm than good. Hes a first time PS+ member so rewarding him with a few months or so of free PS+ could turn him into another loyal customer, that would be worth far more to Sony than banning him.

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