New and improved from Sony PlayStation Plus program has already launched in some parts of the world, and players are apparently run into all kinds of problems. But the one player freaking out the most right now is a potential wrinkle in how upgrade pricing works, which could leave some of them on the hook for hundreds of dollars.
the big overhaul of the PS Plus, currently already present in Asia, effectively combines it with PlayStation Now and distributes the additional benefits on three levels. Essentials is the same as the current subscription, Extra includes a Game Pass-like library of on-demand games, and Premium gives subscribers access to cloud streaming and classic games. The new tiers are $100 and $120 per year and will require existing PS Plus subscribers to upgrade to access them. Logic.
But what some players find is that if they had already purchased a discounted version of PS Plus, they now have to pay the difference to fully upgrade to the new, more expensive tiers. here’s how a position it got a lot of attention on the PlayStation Plus subreddit explains it. “For example, if you purchased 1+ for 25% off, that’s $45,” it reads. “To upgrade to an additional package, you need to pay 100-45=$55, not 100-60=$40”
Another issue is that players apparently can’t just upgrade for a month or a year, they have to upgrade for the duration of their current subscription. So if you, I don’t know, decide to buy another 10 years of PS Plus when it’s been significantly discounted, you’ll now have to pay to upgrade the whole decade at full price.
It might seem like a weird outlier, but it’s not uncommon for some of PlayStation’s biggest fans to rack up years and years of subscriptions when there’s a particularly steep discount on them. This happened earlier this year when PS Now was selling for half price and a group of gamers rushed to capitalize on the deal, especially since subscriptions would automatically transfer into PS Plus Premium subscriptions once the programs were combined.
“How many years do you all stack up,” asked industry insider Wario64 who first announced the sale. back in april. Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad seems filled until 2031. So done others. Sony has finally blocked the accumulation of subscriptions few weeks later. Now it looks like the PS5 maker plans to claw back any small savings players might have saved. In the case of a 10-year battery, subscribers might end up having to pay an additional $600 for a full upgrade.
Potential storylines like this are already getting a mini-reaction in comments on Reddit, social media, and the PlayStation Blog. “PlayStation is the most profitable it’s ever been and makes billions and billions of dollars,” tweeted MBG YouTuber. “Expecting a little goodwill and a little less greed every now and then is fine.”
At the same time, it’s possible that current trivia from players in places like Hong Kong are simply pricing errors that will soon be corrected. The upgrade process may also be different from region to region. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment to clarify.
One thing for sure is that much of the PS Plus review rollout has been unnecessarily confusing. In April, Sony released a dizzying picture showing conversion rates for PS Plus and Now vouchers for subscribers switching from the current service to the upgraded service. And earlier this month, a PlayStation Blog post outlined a sample of the games coming to the new version of the service. filled with warnings and asterisks.
Hopefully one of those big asterisks doesn’t turn out to be a hidden charge for stacked subscriptions. The revamped PS Plus program will go live in the US on June 13.
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