An email posted on ResetEra today seems to confirm earlier rumors that players subscribed to PlayStation Plus may have to pay the discount back to Sony in if they want to upgrade to PS Plus Extra or Premium.
The updated PlayStation Plus service plans launched in most of Asia this week. The service is expected to be available in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Japan in June.
Some players in Asia noticed that if they purchased PS Plus subscriptions at a discounted price, they’re being charged extra to upgrade to a different PS Plus tier. This wipes out any previous savings they made buying reduced cost memberships.
This appears to be confirmed in an email from PlayStation’s Hong Kong support, which reads:
“Thank you for contacting PlayStation Support and checking the price of your PlayStation Plus membership subscription.
“Since you purchased PlayStation Plus at a discounted price at the time of membership, there are two PlayStation Plus memberships that cannot enjoy other discounts:
“1) PlayStation Plus membership bought with a discount.
“2) PlayStation Plus membership redeemed with redemption code.
“Therefore, if you need to upgrade to Level 2 or 3 Premium membership, you will need to make up the difference between the previous discounted price and the normal price.
“For example, a PlayStation Plus membership is HK$308 for one year and the discounted price is HK$187.6. The difference is $120.4, divided by the number of months remaining.
“Please rest assured that the system will automatically calculate the difference that needs to be repaid if you need to upgrade. Of course, you can also upgrade or downgrade your membership according to your preference.
“If you do not upgrade, your current PlayStation Plus membership will not be affected. Please be assured that game offers, free monthly game subscriptions and access to 100G of online storage will remain unchanged.”
We are waiting for confirmation by Sony in regards to this news.