Sony has done such a poor job fleshing out the details of its new PS Plus tiers that this shouldn’t really be a headline, but we suppose it’s worth pointing out. With the new service set to launch on 23rd May in parts of Asia, the platform holder is beginning to send emails to some of its customers overseas. Filipino website One More Game shared said correspondence, which does include some new information.
For starters, as expected, if you’re already an existing PS Plus subscriber, you don’t need to do anything. You’ll automatically transition to PS Plus Essential – an “equivalent subscription plan”, the organisation describes it – and your stacked subscription period will persist unchanged. You’ll continue to enjoy “the same benefits”, and there’ll be no changes to price or payment dates. Things will simply continue as normal.
However, you will have the option to upgrade to PS Plus Extra or PS Plus Premium at any time. “To do so, you’ll need to pay the difference between your current plan and your new plan, adjusted for the remaining time of your subscription,” the email explains. In other words, if you have six months PS Plus service left, then you’ll be able to upgrade to one of the higher tiers for the remainder of your plan by paying the difference.
It’s unclear whether those who’ve stacked their subscription for years will potentially have to pay for multiple years all at once, but the wording from Sony certainly implies as much. Of course, there’s still loads the company needs to clarify here, including the actual game lineup – and whether retro titles, like PS1 Classics, will include any quality of life updates. With the service coming soon, it can’t keep this information secret for much longer.