PS5 essentials: do PS4 gift cards work on PS5?

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There’s some who say that the PS5 isn’t worth it and, while it may be true in some ways, I’ve found the system to be plenty worth it in one big way.

Playing on the PS5 has brought a whole new meaning to games like Destiny 2 and Fallout 4.

Between Game Boost and next-gen upgrades there’s no shortage of new experiences to enjoy.

And if you’re like me, it probably makes you want to browse and spend on the system’s digital storefront.

Which brings us to the confusion of moving to next-gen – can PS4 gift cards be used on the PS5?

Yes, PS4 gift cards will absolutely work. They will work whether you’re looking to buy a PS5 exclusive or bolster your PS4 library for those backwards compatibility enhancements.

Why PS4 gift cards work on PS5

You can think of PS4 gift cards as PSN gift cards (PlayStation Network). There’s actually no such thing as a gift card that only works on the PS4.

Own a PS3 or PS Vita? PSN cards can be used on those systems too (while their stores are still around).

This applies to PlayStation Plus as well.

PSN cards can be used for PS4 games, PS5 games, and other media.

You’re also not limited in what you can buy with a PSN card on the PS5. Most things on the store are up for grabs.

Applying the PSN card to your account adds to your wallet,and this is where you draw money from when buying games,movies,or tv shows.

Of course, you don’t need to have the exact purchasing amount in your wallet. You’re able to temporarily use or store credit and debit cards for the remaining balance.

Are free PSN codes for PS5 legit?

There many be some legit apps or websites that exchange your time taking surveys for PSN gift cards, but you’ll generally want to stay far away from these claims.

These offers are not only a waste of time, but could potentially cost you money and a huge headache.

Many of the listings that you see on Google are hacked pages. They’re only aim is to scam people.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Even the ones that are legit aren’t actually free, just an exchange of your time.

Does PS Plus stack?

Yes, buying multiple PlayStation Plus cards will stack.

Buying multiple codes for online means that multiple years will be applied to your account. If you know you’re going to eventually get a PS5 and see a good deal for PS Plus now, it might be worth jumping in.

It might be near impossible to find a PS5 right now, but hopefully that will change in the next year or two.

Are PSN cards region locked?

Yes, you will need to buy the same type of PSN card as your region. PSN codes can only be used on its regions PSN store.

If you’re someone who plays and buys games in the US, you’ll need to buy PSN cards that are meant for the US.

Games, however, are not region locked.

In summary

There’s always going to be a little confusion with the move to next-gen. But thankfully, when it comes to PlayStation gift cards, things are pretty straight forward. There are no hoops to jump through and nothing to double check – PSN codes work on ever Sony console with a PlayStation Store (PS Vita, PS3, PS4, and PS5).

Even better, PlayStation Plus can stack for those times when you’ve come across a killer deal.

PSN codes may be tied to your region, but this makes sense considering disparity in currencies on the PSN store (as unfair as it may be).

There are endless experiences to enjoy on the beast that is PS5 – add to your wallet, browse the best, and get playing.

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