Sony has confirmed that it will be making hefty price increases to its PlayStation Plus service next month. The changes, which were announced in an email this morning, will affect customers across Europe and Australia from midnight BST on Thursday, August 31. If you haven’t already received an email yourself, prepare for some difficult reading.
The increases are substantial across the board. In the United Kingdom, for instance, an annual membership is increasing from £39.99 to £49.99, while the three-month subscription price is increasing from £14.99 to £19.99. Those who pay on a monthly basis will see their fee raised from £5.99 to £6.99.
Elsewhere in Europe, the annual subscription price is increasing from €49.99 to €59.99; the three-month subscription price is increasing from €19.99 to €24.99, and the monthly subscription price is increasing from €6.99 to €7.99. Australia will also see its prices increased from AU$69.95 to AU$79.95, AU$27.95 to AU$33.95, and AU$9.95 to AU$10.95.
Sweden and other countries that don’t use the Euro will also see similar increases. Prices will remain the same in the U.S. and Canada, where increases were introduced last September. As with those changes, Sony is not giving a reason for the price hikes, which now make PlayStation Plus considerably more expensive than an Xbox Live Gold subscription in most markets.
Sadly, PlayStation Plus is a must for PlayStation 4 owners, who are unable to enjoy online games without it. That means that even if you’re unhappy with the changes, you have little choice but to accept them if you want to continue using online services.
Sony says, however, that you can purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription at the existing price and it will be added on to your current membership period. So, even if you have 11 months remaining on your annual subscription today, you can purchase another 12 months at today’s prices and you won’t have to worry about the price increases for 23 months.