Playstation Plus subscription price increasing in September
Playstation have announced that the price of Playstation plus subscriptions in the US will increase from $49.99 to $59.99 for 1 year in September. The price increase will also happen in Canada, where it will now cost CAD 69.99 for a year. The 3 months subscriptions will increase as well.
There’s no information yet if the PS+ prices will increase in Europe and in Asia/Japan.
The announce was apparently somewhat made sneakily in an edit to the August free PS+ games on the Playstation blog, however it also seems Playstation have been sending emails to Playstation plus subscribers (I haven’t received my email) to let them know about the incoming price hike.
This is what Sony are saying:
Starting on September 22, 2016, prices for PlayStation Plus memberships will change to $59.99 USD/ $69.99 CAD for twelve months and $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD for three months. The monthly plan will change to $11.99 CAD in Canada, and remain $9.99 USD in the U.S. If you are a current member, the new prices will take effect if your membership renews on or after this date.
PlayStation Plus strives to enrich your PlayStation experience through a world-class service built for our fans. This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. As a member, you will continue to enjoy the benefits and features that enable shared experiences, such as online multiplayer, free games, and exclusive discounts. You will also continue to get exclusive benefits such as online game save storage and discounts across the PlayStation digital services.
If you do not wish to continue your subscription, please be sure to cancel it by turning off auto-renewal in your account settings before September 22, 2016.
We thank all of you, our PlayStation Plus members, for your ongoing support.
Now might be the right time to renew your Playstation Plus subscription, and as a reminder you can buy several years at once if you find a good deal. I’ll be on the lookout for deals on PS+ subscriptions before the deadline and will let you know if we find something.
What bothers me is that I think the price hike is justified by investments from Sony into new services I’m not using, such as their original series Powers, which PS+ members can stream as part of the subscription (and which is not the reason I’m using PS+). As such, this probably doesn’t mean that we’ll start seeing AAA titles on PS+ for PS4 all of a sudden, rather that Sony is getting some payback for some of their past investments. Nevertheless, I’ll keep my membership because I feel that for $59.99 I still get good value for what I’m paying. It’s likely I’ll extend my subscription by 2 years ahead of the price increase, actually.
Is the price increase a deal breaker for you? Or will you pile up a few years of subscription ahead of the hike?