Sony is pausing PlayStation Plus and Now subscription stacking

Sony has updated its PlayStation Plus FAQ page (tucked away at the bottom here) and is taking further steps at loopholes that gave users early discounts on its upcoming PlayStation Plus Premium service. It also puts the activation of PlayStation Plus and Now coupons on hold for current subscribers until its new service launches in June, and there’s even an official conversion chart showing the value of those coupons for the next three services; PlayStation Plus Essentials, Extra and Premium.

After Sony announced its plan to restructure the PlayStation Plus into a new three-step service to further compete with Microsoft’s and Nintendo’s services, things were a bit vague about how the conversion to the new levels would work. Users began stacking prepaid subscriptions to PlayStation Now, Sony’s cloud streaming service on consoles and PCs, hoping that the $ 59.99 a year service would convert to the upcoming $ 119.99 per year PlayStation Plus Premium. Sony was quick to prevent many people from taking advantage of that discount, but it could not deter people from buying and redeeming the cards for some kind of service – and the remaining PS Now coupon cards give you at least a partial PlayStation Plus Premium subscription.

They start at least in June. Sony is now preventing many people from redeeming prepaid coupons until after the PS Plus re-launch. Only users who are not already subscribers can redeem a prepaid card of one, three or 12 months, which is still sold at many retailers (including directly from Sony).

What happens if you have a prepaid coupon when June rolls around? Well, it will still be worth redeeming them once you are able. Sony has made this useful chart to explain how much they are worth when converting to the new service. Although a month with PlayStation Now will not buy you a month with PlayStation Plus Premium, Sony says you will still get “the time equivalent to the monetary value of your original coupon.

Sony PlayStation Plus coupon conversion chart.

Did I say helpful? I meant terrible. But just as Sony’s announcement of its new PS Plus service has been riddled with confusion, so has its communication of conversions so far. Hopefully the next bit of new information from Sony will be the full list of games available with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium so people have a clearer idea of Why these new levels are worth a subscription.