The new PlayStation Plus is launching this summer, with a host of benefits for those willing to pay a bit more. It’s effectively a combination of PS Plus and PS Now as we currently know it, but with a few extra features to boot. For example, the new Premium tier of the service will have more than 700 games to play, stream and download after it launches in June.
But what about our current PS Plus memberships? There are plenty of PlayStation fans who already have years of PS Plus or PS Now stacked up, and some might even want to upgrade to the new Extra or Premium tiers as well. Well, have no fear, because here we have all the answers. Plus, there’s even new information to check out when it comes to using prepaid PS Plus or Now coupons after the new service launches.
PlayStation Plus: It is essential for current members
In case you missed it, there are three tiers to the new PS Plus. Essential, Extra and Premium. Essential is what the service is today, including multiplayer access, free monthly games, discounts, and cloud storage. So it’s an easy transition for current PS Plus members, they’ll just move to the Essential tier at launch. The Essential level will also cost the same as the current PS Plus, so you won’t pay more either.
Membership accumulation is currently disabled
Sony has confirmed that it has stopped stacking PS Plus and PS Now codes for existing members ahead of the new PS Plus launch. If you purchased a code and were unable to activate it, you will need to wait until your membership expires or when the new PS Plus is released.
If you want to redeem the coupon, whether you let your PS Plus expire or are now a Premium or Extra member, Sony has provided new information to convert these codes, which will be based on the “monetary value of the coupon they are redeeming”. For example, if you become a PS Plus Premium member but want to redeem a code for 12 months of standard PS Plus, this will convert to approximately 6 months. We’ve also included a breakdown chart of these conversion rates across all PS Plus tiers below.
How to upgrade to PS Plus Premium and Extra
So once the new service launches and you become a PS Plus Essential member, you might be wondering, how do I get all the new features? To do that, you’ll need to upgrade to PS Plus Extra or PS Plus Premium. Each level will bring new benefits, so be sure to read up on the new PS Plus before you commit.
To upgrade to another level, Sony’s PS Plus FAQ page says, “You will be charged a prorated fee to increase the remaining time on your existing membership to the desired level.”
So, breaking this down, if you have any time left on your PS Plus membership, you’ll have to pay the difference in cost to upgrade to the more expensive tiers. For example, if you paid for 12 months of PS Plus ($59.99/year) and want to upgrade to PS Plus Premium ($119.99/year), you’ll need to pay another $60 to complete the upgrade, and so on.
PS Now members will get a premium upgrade
When the new PlayStation Plus launches, all PS Now members will be upgraded to the new Premium tier for the remainder of their subscription time. This is the tier with the most benefits and is also the most expensive tier available.
When this was first announced, some PlayStation users were quick to take advantage and secured PS Plus Premium for half the price. But, this loophole has since been closed.
What about those who have both PS Plus and PS Now?
Sony has confirmed that PlayStation users who currently have a PS Now and PS Plus membership will also be upgraded to PS Plus Premium when it launches. The duration of this membership will then be equal to the longest subscription you have.
So, for example, if you have a PS Now subscription until August 2022 and an active PS Plus membership until September 2025, that means you’ll be upgrading to premium PS Plus until September 2025. This is probably the best deal possible, since you will not have to pay any upgrade fee.
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Robert Anderson is a deal expert and business editor for IGN. you can follow it @robertliam21 On twitter.