One of the perks of purchasing a PlayStation 5 (besides having the PlayStation 5) is that you have access to the PlayStation Plus Collection as long as you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Some users have figured out a way to sell access to this collection of games, resulting in some bans from Sony.
According to a report by Video Games Chronicle, PlayStation 5 owners have found a loophole in the PlayStation Plus Collection that allows them to sell access to this collection to PlayStation 4 users.
The PlayStation Plus Collection was designed as a PlayStation 5 exclusive game pack. Twenty of the best games from the PlayStation 4 era are playable and more optimized for PlayStation 5 users. These games are both first and third titles, including God of War, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy XV, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Detroit: Become Human, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Persona 5. In the same way PlayStation Plus free games are yours to keep and play as long as you’re an active PlayStation Plus user, these games can be played and downloaded at any time.
With access to this collection, PlayStation 4 users will be able to play any of these twenty games at any time as long as they have an active PlayStation Plus subscription.
However, access in this way undercuts both the “exclusivity” of PlayStation Plus Collection and the general business model of the PlayStation Plus subscription. As such, Sony has issued bans for some users who have sold and bought access to the PlayStation Plus Collections. The bans are reported to “last for two months, while any PS5 consoles involved in the scheme have been permanently blocked from network services.”
It is unclear how Sony will respond long term to this loophole. They may simply continue banning users or they may find a way to make the PlayStation Plus Console truly an exclusive to PlayStation 5 consoles.