Upgrading to higher PS+ tiers can prove costly, according to an early report

The new PS+ tiers are going live early in some regions, and while many were expecting a bumpy ride, some early adopters have already reported a glaring bug in the PS+ tiers – the fact that you can’t upgrade your existing plan, you have to wait for the current plan (Essential) to expire and then upgrade. If you want to upgrade from Essential to another plan, you’ll get the entire difference as a lump sum.

PS+ tiers are proving to be a challenge

With all the talk about the new PS+ tiers, it seems that some users on Reddit are reporting some disturbing news that could spell Sony’s undoing.

If you were able to take advantage of the brief period that PlayStation Now was sold cheaply, you will be automatically upgraded to the Extra/Premium/Deluxe Tier. However, if you weren’t able to capitalize on the deal, stick with the base tier, Essential.

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Now you might think I upgrade monthly from the Essential to one of the plans, similar to Xbox Game Pass or Netflix. There is currently no way to do this.

From the two Reddit posts spotted on the r/PS5 subreddit, two users reported that if you want to upgrade, the store will let you pay the difference for the rest of your PS+ duration. One such example of this comes from Reddit user Andypbbb, who has to pay a staggering amount if you want to upgrade, according to his post.


A poor guy who subscribed to Plus by 7/12/2031 has 3342 days left. The system shows that he has to pay NT$12729 ($430) to upgrade to the Deluxe plan.

Furthermore, the following image shared by the Reddit user confirms the above:


Another post from FootballRacing38 confirms the same thing.


“You can buy a new membership that starts when your existing plan ends – so if you’re eligible for a must-have PlayStation Plus membership offer, you can take advantage of the special price and keep your membership active longer. The new membership period begins when your current plan ends.

For accounts like me who have stacked PS+ Essential through 2025, this is a serious problem indeed. PlayStation fans looking to switch to a monthly plan get the bad end of the deal here.

If the plan stays on track, and we know Sony is rigid about its marketing tactics, it could severely hamper and jeopardize the program’s success.

Currently, the launch of the new PS+ tiers is now live in Asia, with other regions set to follow in June. Hopefully, with enough fan noise, PlayStation could consider a more affordable solution for gamers looking to upgrade from Essential and add long-term subscriptions to their accounts.

https://whatifgaming.com/upgrading-higher-ps-tiers-costly-early-report/ Upgrading to higher PS+ tiers can prove costly, according to an early report

Lindsay Lowe

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