Sony has confirmed the PlayStation Plus service will receive a price hike in Europe from September 1st. The price of a 3-month subscription is set to increase from £11.99 to £14.99 in the UK while the yearly price bracket remains the same. An official statement from SCEUK said:
“We are dedicated to bringing PlayStation Plus members the best possible service with the most compelling content,”
“From 1st September we will be increasing the price of monthly and three month PlayStation Plus subscriptions in line with market conditions.
“We will continue to invest in PlayStation Plus to ensure an unparalleled experience, featuring the best quality games and features.”
The 3-month’s higher price also applies to other European regions such as France which increases from €14.99 to €19.99. Currently, it seems there are no plans to alter pricing in Asia or North America. According to a representative from the SCEUK, the overall cost will be:
“Different in some markets.”
Sony are pushing the yearly subscription model and discouraging users from buying the cheaper, 3-month alternative. Financially, it makes sense to purchase the 12-month option, but this reduces the flexibility for those wanting to try the network out for a few months. Additionally, Xbox Live can be purchased from 3rd parties for around £20 and is significantly cheaper than PlayStation Plus.
Traditionally, the quality of free games on PlayStation Plus made the investment worthwhile but the line-up has been rather poor in recent months. Furthermore, the money is designed to improve the network stability and PlayStation Plus is still plagued by down-times. Sony desperately needs to improve the network infrastructure and provide a service which corresponds with the asking price.
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