I had a Playstation Plus card I got free from a friend with an Xbox. I entered the redeem code in and it said that a credit card is required. One of my friends said you need someone to go on your profile with a credit card, or use some credit card nearby and active plus then credit card then remove it, is that true?

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    Maybe it depends on region? In the UK, it's certainly not the case.
    – TZHX
    Jul 8, 2013 at 13:57
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    definitely not true in the US. I buy PSN cards off amazon and add it to my account which does NOT have a CC attached since I don't trust sony with that info after their whole fiasco where they got hacked..
    – l I
    Jul 8, 2013 at 14:00
  • Is it a PSN card though because you mentioned xbox? What does it say on the card?
    – user28015
    Jul 8, 2013 at 14:06

2 Answers 2


If it's a 30-day trial (that comes with some games now, definitely God of War: Ascension), rather than a 3/12 month card, then it's likely that they want you to enter your credit card details, so that when the trial runs out, your subscription will automatically take over.

The way around this is as your friend suggests, enter the credit card details, and then immediately go back into the 'PlayStation Network' > 'Account Management' > 'Transaction Management' > 'Services List' > 'PlayStation Plus' and remove the subscription.

This way you should be able to get the 30 day trial, and the credit card will not be charged once it expires.

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    +1 I can confirm this answer is correct. I just bought a 12 month membership and didn't need to enter any credit card information.
    – Nolonar
    Dec 27, 2013 at 18:09

It's true. I contacted Sony and they told me that there's no way to activate Plus without a credit card.

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    This is not true. To redeem a regular PS Plus code or wallet top-up you don't need to enter any payment information. The only exception are trials, as the other answer explains.
    – Kodama
    Mar 10, 2014 at 22:19

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