Don’t ever, ever put PS Plus on a Playstation 4 sub-account.
When setting up my sons PS4 account, I did the right thing and entered his correct age — 16. I added it as a sub-account under my master account. I set the parental control levels I thought were appropriate.
We go and buy a PS Plus card so that we can play Call of Duty Ghosts online. He plays (way) more often than me, so I hand him the card to redeem. He redeems it on his sub-account.
He goes to play online, and it says “Online service is disabled on your Sony Entertainment Network account due to parental control restrictions.”
“Oh,” I think, “I must not have set the access level high enough.” But alas, it’s high enough.
I try setting them higher. I try signing in and signing out. I restart the system. Still no access.
I sign in with my master account. When a PS4 is set as the primary console for an account with PS Plus, all the other accounts on that system are supposed to be able to share it. “Surely I can play through my master account” I think.
No. I’m also locked out because the PS Plus subscription is on the sub-account.
I start an online chat to ask what’s going on. The guy is nice but ultimately can’t help me.
I call their support line and ask to speak to a supervisor, hoping to get the PS Plus moved to my account, be given a credit to my account, something, anything.
I explain the situation on the phone: I bought PS Plus, my son put it on his account, no one can access the online portion of the game. There’s nothing he can do, he says. I ask what the point in setting parental control levels is if they’re ignored. He defers to the designers that made it. I point out this could’ve been avoided by lying about his age, but didn’t. I tried to set it up right, like a responsible parent. I ask “Where does it say that a PS Plus subscription, applied to a minors account — who has parental controls that gives him access to play the game — will actually not let him play and also lock out all other accounts and essentially be useless?”
He replies “You can read more about our policies…”
I interrupt. “No, I’m asking, from grabbing the card in the store to redeeming it on my sons account, where did it say any of that?”
He goes into a robot voice. “You can read more about our policies…”
I ask if he’s the only supervisor, or if I can talk to his supervisor.
“Sure, I can transfer you to my supervisor. But you’ll be on hold for awhile, and it will not reverse this outcome.”
I feel like it’s a failure of character that $17.99 could ever induce so much rage.