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Report: If You Got PS Plus at a Discount You'll be Charged a Higher Upgrade Fee

Report: If You Got PS Plus at a Discount You'll be Charged a Higher Upgrade Fee - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 May 2022 / 3,359 Views

The brand new PlayStation Plus, with its three tiers, has officially launched in Asia, minus Japan, and there are reports coming out from users in Asia that those who purchased PlayStation Plus at a discount who want to upgrade to one of the two higher tiers - Extra or Premium - were charged a higher upgrade fee to make up the difference for the discount.

It is also reported that anyone who has stacked their PlayStation Plus subscription will have to pay the upgrade fee for the entire duration of their subscription.

The new PlayStation Plus is available now in Asia and will launch in in Japan on June 1, in the Americas on June 13, and in Europe on June 22. The new PlayStation Plus will be available in three tiers - Essential, Extra, and Premium. It combines PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into a singe service.

Sony has also revealed some original PlayStation and PSP titles on the PlayStation Plus classic game catalog will be adding Trophies. It was noted this is an optional feature for developers to add to their game.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments
Zkuq (on 24 May 2022)

This is really baffling. Doing this probably provides Sony fairly little benefit, but this does generate some unnecessary badwill.

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twintail (on 24 May 2022)

It's pretty daft they expect ppl to pay for the discount they originally got. Who thought that was a good idea?
Would be stupid of Sony not to address this.

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LudicrousSpeed (on 24 May 2022)

Must be a mistake and will be fixed. Otherwise it’s a laughably bad move. There’s a large sale on Civ VI right now. Imagine if you paid $15 for the deluxe game and then wanted to buy the expansion pass. But before they let you buy the expansion pass, they made you pay the other $35 the game would have cost you had it not been on sale. Gross.

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VAMatt (on 24 May 2022)

Three possibilities:

1) these reports are wrong
2) Sony made a mistake and will straighten it out within a day or so
3) Sony made an incredibly stupid decision in order to squeeze a few bucks out of loyal subscribers, and has sacrificed a bunch of goodwill to do so.

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pukem0n VAMatt (on 24 May 2022)

isn't it number 3 with Sony? Like every time?

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VAMatt pukem0n (on 25 May 2022)

Yes. But, you would think they would learn their lesson at some point.

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VAMatt (on 24 May 2022)

So if somebody just wants to upgrade for a month to try the new service, but they have a year of PS Plus, that's impossible to do?

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The Fury VAMatt (on 24 May 2022)

I think it gets really confusing here. I have paid for a year but I want to upgrade just for a month, I shouldn't be paying the £11 for Extra as I already paid for PS+ for a year. I would assume they could my yea sub as £4.20 per month so it's £6.8 or does my month count as £7 a month so it's only £4 for the Extra for a month? Unless it doesn't even let me do that? It's either year or nothing?

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Pemalite (on 24 May 2022)

Sony wants people to sign up, not dissuade them with tactics like this.

Hopefully it's just a small oversight rather than actual policy.

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DonFerrari (on 24 May 2022)

Would make sense for sum of 120 per year, but still is a bad move and even more when we expect that PS+ Premium will also have discounts in the future.
Stacked makes sense (but should offer the option to sub for a portion of the period instead of full stack only).

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Libara (on 24 May 2022)

Scumbag Sony at it again.

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The Fury (on 24 May 2022)

I presume this is the fact they have the tiers at a certain amount. If I bought PS+ for £35 in an sale ages ago, and then want to upgrade to the £84 one. Unless there is an discount on that £84, they will still charge that and take off my original £35 so I'd pay 39? Instead of taking off £15 and £35 from the £84 (24)? Seems odd. I presume they can only regulate that with PSN store purchases as many places you can get PS+ for like £35 or lower from 3rd party websites but it's down as the full £50.

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Azzanation (on 24 May 2022)

Similar pricing issues happened with Horizon FW. Is this a tactic to see who will bite and how far they can go before reverting these decisions?

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eva01beserk (on 25 May 2022)

I'm sure this is gona be later discovered to be blown way out of proportion.

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ConservagameR (on 24 May 2022)

This could really only make any sense if Sony never plans to discount the new PS Plus ever again. Which we all know won't be the case.
Since Sony will almost certainly be offering discounts to the new Plus service in the future, the players who got a deal or who have stacked in the past should simply be getting transferred to the new service tier and paying the base price for whatever upgrade if they so choose.
No extra charges, period.

I have to assume this is a misunderstanding or an oversight, because if PS has gotten this tone deaf or greedy, then god help us come PS6, or aka, PS3 Part II.

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Kakadu18 (on 25 May 2022)

Umm, weird.

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SuaveSocialist (on 24 May 2022)

Every so often, the gaming industry pre-emptively goes out of its way to explain why I'm not a gamer.

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