PlayStation Plus is getting a price increase in the UK
PlayStation Plus has been a great-value proposition for PS4 since the console launched in 2013. For a monthly, quarterly or annual fee, you received up to three PS4 games free per month, along with two PS3 and two PS Vita titles and online play. Not bad.
However, Sony has today announced that – as of 31 August – it’s putting up the price of PlayStation Plus to an eye-watering £50 per year. That may only be £10 more than it was previously, but that extra tenner is a lot if Sony doesn’t plan to add something to sweeten the deal.
From 31 August, PlayStation Plus will now cost:
£50 per year (up from £40)
£20 per quarter (up from £15)
£7 per month (up from £6)
All current PlayStation Plus members won’t have to suddenly start paying more to use the service; Sony will only alter the payment once your current subscription runs out. This means that, if you don’t want to be hit with a £50 PS+ bill when your service renews, you need to switch off the auto-renew function in your account settings at least 48 hours before your subscription is due to end.
We asked Sony to clarify why the price of PlayStation Plus had increased and received this official reply: “We are changing the pricing to reflect various market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. Members will continue to enjoy the benefits and features such as online multiplayer, two PS4 games every month, new PlayLink social party game That’s You as a bonus game until 25 October, exclusive discounts, and 10GB online storage for game saves.”
The savvy ones among you will have realised that you can buy PS+ subscriptions now and then stack them into the future with no repercussions. In fact, Sony even seems to advise current subscribers to do as such.
In the email sent out to PlayStation Plus subscribers, Sony offered no explanation as to why it’s putting the price of PS+ up by £10 per year. As of last year, Sony announced it had 21 million PS+ subscribers globally, so I find it hard to believe that it needs to increase the price to keep the service going. The most likely reason is it finally wants to bundle in its on-demand games streaming service PlayStation Now.
By wrapping PlayStation Now into PlayStation Plus, Sony could deliver a great package for PS3 and PS4 users. Seeing as some PS4 games are now available on PS Now, it gives PS3 owners a chance to play some PS4 games they’re missing out on by not upgrading. It also opens up backwards-compatibility for PS4 users, especially as it allows any PS3 saves uploaded to PS+ cloud storage to be continued via PlayStation Now on PS4.
Of course, this is pure speculation and wishful thinking on my part. Let’s hope Sony isn’t just charging us more for what we already have.