Some PS Plus players seem to be hit by a massive upgrade load

Sony’s new and improved PlayStation Plus Program has already launched in some parts of the world, and players are apparently come across all kinds of problems† But what scares players the most right now is a potential wrinkle in how upgrade pricing works, which could land some of them for hundreds of dollars.

The major PS Plus revision, who currently lives in Asia, effectively combines it with PlayStation Now and splits additional benefits over three tiers. 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 ($139) and $120 ($167) per year, and existing PS Plus subscribers must upgrade to access them. Sounds logical.

But what some players find is that if they had previously bought a discounted version of PS Plus, now they have to pay the difference to fully upgrade to the new, more expensive tiers. here’s how a message that gets a lot of attention on the PlayStation Plus subreddit it explains. “For example, if you bought 1 year plus for 25% off, which is $US45 ($62),” it says. “If you want to update to additional plan, you have to pay 100 – 45 = 55 $, not 100-60 = 40 $”

Another problem is that apparently players can’t just upgrade for a month or a year, they have to upgrade for the entire duration of their current membership. So if you, I don’t know, decided to buy another 10 years of PS Plus while it was significantly discounted, you should now be paying to upgrade at full price for the entire decade.

That may sound like an odd outlier, but it’s not uncommon for some of PlayStation’s biggest fans to pile up years and years of subscriptions when there’s a particularly big discount on them. That’s what happened earlier this year when PS Now sold for half and a number of players rushed to take advantage of the deal, especially since the subscriptions would automatically transition into PS Plus Premium subscriptions once the programs were combined.

Nathan Drake tries to remember how many PS Plus subs he has stacked. (Screenshot: Sony)

“How many years are you all stacking?” asked Wario64, the industry insider who first published the sale? back in april† Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad seems to be full until 2031† So did others† Sony finally blocked subscription stacking A few weeks later† Now it looks like the PS5 maker plans to recoup all the little savings players got away with. In the case of a 10-year stack, subscribers would end up paying another $US600 ($833) to fully upgrade.

Potential scenarios like this are already causing a mini-backlash in comments on Reddit, social media and the PlayStation Blog. “PlayStation is the most profitable it has ever been, bringing in billions and billions of dollars,” tweeted YouTuber MBG. “It’s okay to expect a little bit of goodwill and a little less greed once in a while.”

At the same time, it’s possible that the current anecdotes from players in places like Hong Kong are just pricing errors that will be corrected soon. The upgrade process may also vary from region to region. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.

One thing that is certain is that much of the rollout of the PS Plus overhaul has been unnecessarily confusing. In April Sony released a dizzying graph with PS Plus and Now voucher conversion rates for subscribers moving from the current service to the upgraded service. And earlier this month, a PlayStation Blog post outlined a preview of the games coming to the new version of the service full of notes and stars

Hopefully one of those big starlets turns out not to be a hidden fee for stacked memberships. The revamped PS Plus program will go live in the US on June 13.

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