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Sony Changing PS Plus Subscription Policies To Avoid Accidental Renewals

Sony and Nintendo have both announced that they are amending their policies for PlayStation Plus and Nintendo Switch Online, respectively, in order to avoid the possibility of accidental renewals.

The move comes following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which means Sony will now get in touch with long-term PS Plus subscribers who haven’t used the service for an unspecified time, to inform them on how to cancel their membership.

If these users do not cancel their PS Plus subscription but continue to remain inactive, Sony won’t take payments until they decide to use the service again.

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As a result of our investigations, a number of changes have been made across this sector to protect customers and help tackle concerns about auto-renewing subscriptions.

Today’s announcement, therefore, concludes our investigations into the online video gaming sector. Companies in other sectors which offer subscriptions that auto-renew should review their practices to ensure they comply with consumer protection law.

Sony is revamping PS Plus into a three-tier subscription service that combines the standard, current offering with PS Now and a selection of retro titles spanning PS1, PS2, and PS3.