PlayStation 5 owners banned for selling access to the PS Plus collection: report
Sony has reportedly banned PlayStation 5 owners from selling access to the PS Plus collection they obtained for free to PlayStation 4 players. The PS Plus collection includes games such as Bloodborne, God of War, Fallout 4, and several more. , and PS5 owners received the collection when they logged into their console with their PlayStation account. PS4 users are reportedly getting bans for life, while PS4 owners are banned for two months. The banned accounts appear to come primarily from Hong Kong.
Twitter user @zhihuwong aware Last week, thousands of PlayStation Network accounts, mostly concentrated in Hong Kong, were banned for selling access to the PS Plus Collection to PS4 owners. The PS Plus collection is delivered to PS5 owners for free when they first log into the PlayStation Network with their PlayStation account with PS Plus subscription. The collection includes Bloodborne, Days Gone, God of War, Infamous Second Son, Until Dawn, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Batman: Arkham Knightm Fallout 4, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and many more.
PS5 owners who got the PS Plus collection for free reportedly sold access to these to PS4 owners by charging them money and giving their account details. According to a report Per ScreenRant, one user made over $ 133 by charging PS4 owners nearly $ 7 if they wanted to log into their account.
PlayStation 5 owners who were caught doing this received lifetime bans, while PS4 owners received two-month bans, according to the tweet. While Sony has not shared any official information on it, it is believed that multiple user logins in a single day is what is triggering the bans.
The ScreenRant report notes that this could be a crackdown on this exploit in preparation for a potential Xbox Game Pass as a service where Sony wouldn’t want gamers to sell accounts to each other. Or, it could simply be an anti-fraud measure set by the company.