Sony hikes PlayStation+ monthly, quarterly subs
August 12, 2015 // 10:45 a.m.
Sony has confirmed that it is hiking the price of its PlayStation Plus subscription, required to play PlayStation 4 games online, by up to 25 per cent in the UK and other European markets.
When Sony launched PlayStation Plus, it was designed to offer gamers a wider selection of services than the free PlayStation Network membership. For a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription fee, gamers would get discounts, early access, and a selection of 'free' games they could download and play for as long as they were a member. When the PlayStation 4 launched, however, it took a leaf out of rival Microsoft's book and began removing features from the free membership tier: no longer would you be able to play multiplayer games online for free, with a paid PS+ subscription now a requirement.
The news, then, that Sony is increasing the cost of PS+ is unwelcomed. According to statements made by the company to press, the increase - which is Europe-wide, is 'in-line with market conditions' and will see the cost of a monthly subscription rise from £5.49 currently to £5.99 and the quarterly subscription from £11.99 to £14.99 - double the increase of the monthly subscription, oddly. The only payment plan to remain untouched will be the annual subscription option, which remains priced at £39.99.
The new pricing goes live at the start of next month, and will cover anyone who renews - or has a subscription automatically renewed - after that date.