12 January 2021
Sony's new PlayStation 5 console comes with a special benefit called the PlayStation Plus Collection for buyers. It is a collection of 20 first and third-party games that can be downloaded and played for absolutely free. The only thing a user needs to claim these games in addition to the new console is a PS Plus membership.
Like any other PS Plus title, a user does not have to download and install these games instantly. They simply need to add free titles to the library and that is it. Once the games have been redeemed, it is up to the user whether to play them on the brand-new PS5 or PS4 console. This is exactly what many users seem to have started to exploit for monetary gains.
It has been reported that a number of PS5 owners have been founded to be selling access to their PS Plus Collection to PS4 owners in exchange for money. A user is said to have made as much as $133 by charging $7 for allowing signing-into his account for complete access to these games. This has resulted in thousands of PSN accounts getting banned by Sony.
The majority of these affected accounts are from Hong Kong. It is said that accounts on PS5 have received a lifetime ban and accounts on PS4 have been banned for two months. A number of users have shared their experiences in various communities and forums available on the internet.
It should be noted that Sony is yet to offer an official statement on the situation. This is the reason it is possible that these bans could be the result of anti-fraud measures. Sony is known for banning accounts when it detects an unusually high number of logins in a single day.