Sony has roughly two weeks to avoid a gale of epic proportions in the West, assuming news from Asia will be consistent here. the new PS Plus launched in countries Like Hong Kong and Taiwan overnightHowever, local players are quite angry at the way the platform holder handles promotions. Effectively, it eliminates any discounts that memberships may have been purchased with, and charges upfront fees to upgrade stacked subscriptions.
All this led to a $100 quote from some users to upgrade from the swamp level PS Plus Basic to PS Plus Extra or PS Plus Deluxe (alternative version of PS Plus Premium Available in countries that do not have cloud streaming functionality). It should be noted that such cases will be limited because the frankly frightening numbers only apply to people who have hoarded subscriptions several years into the future, but the reaction would be massive if this also happened in the US and Europe. Those who stack subscriptions are, after all, likely to be the most dedicated, loyal, and vocal customers.
To further expand on what irritates Asian gamers, those with an active PS Plus Essential membership in, say, 2026 are being priced for a full four years to upgrade to PS Plus Extra or PS Plus Deluxe. There is no way to upgrade for a year, for example, and then go back to PS Plus Essential once that period has expired. Sony will charge you a difference for the upgrade, but some of the upfront fees that are shared are massive.
To make matters worse, the Japanese giant is eliminating historical discounts on subscriptions purchased through PS . Store. So, for example, if you buy your membership while it’s on sale and then choose to upgrade, it will increase the price difference to undermine the savings you originally earned. This basically means that it retroactively cancels any deals he may have made on subscriptions in the past – unimaginableIs that true.
There is enough evidence online to confirm that all of this is happening, now, in Asia – but, of course, things could be approached differently in the West. We’ll contact Sony and try to get confirmation on how they address this issue in North America and Europe, and we’ll update when or if we hear back. If that’s the path the company planned to take, it’s probably a good thing that it adopted a sporadic launch, because it has a few weeks to correct course before it has a huge bang for the buck.
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