Sony removing PS Plus retail cards ahead of Extra and Premium launch in the UK

By Sean Lawson,

It would seem like Sony is making the finishing touches for the new and revamped PS Plus subscription service. PS Plus retail cards appear to be vanishing from online shops all around the world — which coincides with the revamp.

First spotted by XGP and then reported by VGC, it would appear as though Sony is actively trying to remove all PS Plus retail cards from being sold in shops both on and offline. These cards allow players to top up their PSN memberships with either 3, 6, or 12 months of PlayStation Plus goodness. At current, you can still purchase PlayStation Store gift cards to credit your accounts with currency to make purchases.

Will Sony release new retail cards for PS Plus Premium and Extra?

PS Plus retail cards axed by SonyPS Plus retail cards axed by Sony

Sony's revamped service for PS Plus has a multitude of new price tiers that kind of make the current PS Plus retail cards redundant — which may be another reason why it seems Sony is actively trying to pull the cards from shops.

In the USA it appears that you can still purchase these retail cards at Best Buy and Target; however, Amazon and Walmart seem to have pulled the PS Plus retail cards completely at this point — you can still purchase them from third-party sellers on Amazon though. In the UK, Curry's is one of the only retailers to still have stock of these PS Plus subscription cards. Argos, Smyths, Game, and Amazon have also all stopped selling the subscription top-ups — PSN Store credit cards can still be purchased on these sites.

PS Plus retail cards axed by SonyPS Plus revamp is heading to the EU June 23rd, 2022

Despite all these major retailers removing the PS Plus subscription cards, Sony hasn't. PlayStation still has them displayed on its PSN Store page; however, if you are to click on them you will be instead taken to a page that allows you to purchase PlayStation gift cards.

As of right now, it is unclear what will become of these retail cards, Sony may create brand new ones for the newly revamped subscription service that will begin to roll out on the 23rd June 2022 in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Sony is yet to comment on any of the recent events involving the subscription cards, so take everything with a slight pinch of salt until an official statement is released. Once Sony does comment we will update this article accordingly.

PS Plus retail cards axed by SonyIt is unclear what will become of the PS Plus subscription retail cards

With Sony's launch of the new PS Plus subscription service, some fans around the world have gained access to an abundance of PlayStation Classics. Some game developers have even provided trophies for PS1 and PSP games, however, these are optional for developers to incorporate.

In my opinion, it would make sense for Sony to do this, as I know quite a few people who get these retail cards purchased for them as gifts from friends and family. Are you guys excited about the new PS Plus subscription service? Have any of you already had a chance to play around with the new catalogue of games? Let me know in the comments below!
Sean Lawson
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about PlayStation exclusives such as Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Wolverine, as well as RPGs. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.