The Price Of PlayStation Plus Is Going Up In North America [UPDATED]

Unusually added in as an update to the North American PlayStation Plus free games post for August, Sony have announced that the price of the subscription service is going up, starting on 22nd September.

The price is currently set at $49.99 USD / $49.99 CAD for a year’s subscription, but this will rise to $59.99 USD/ $69.99 CAD. The jump for three months is more drastic, going from £17.99 USD / $17.99 CAD up to $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD, while a single month for $9.99 USD remains the same in the US, but will rise to from $9.99 CAD to $11.99 CAD in Canada. Across the board, Canada sees a larger jump, as parity with USD is lost.

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PlayStation Plus is, as you know, a necessity for the vast majority of online play with the PlayStation 4, but comes with the added value of monthly free games for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. A rise for something that is often seen as a mandatory part of owning a console is no doubt an annoyance for gamers, but it’s also worth remembering that this now brings PlayStation Plus in line with what Microsoft have charged for Xbox Live Gold since 2010.

For the time being, this price hike seems to be restricted to North America, and we can’t find any hidden away notifications on the EU Blog, but we’ve reached out to SIEE for comment and will update this story when we know more.

Update (24/08): We just heard back from SIEE about pricing in the EU and there’s comparative good news!

“SIEE has no price update regarding PS Plus. PS Plus Members can continue to enjoy multiple benefits including; 24x PS4 games a year (at no extra cost), PS4 Online Multiplayer, 10GB Cloud Storage and a host of exclusive discounts.”

Source: US Blog via NeoGAF

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13 Comments

  1. I don’t know currencies that well, but $20.00 CAD increase seems a little harsh. I think they could kiss goodbye to potential new subscribers if they increased it in the UK and EU. The subs rarely change from their RRP as well, which makes price increases all the more harsh.

    • The CAD increase does make sense. For a long while after PS+ was created, it wasn’t too far off being 1:1 against USD (actually, it was worth more for a lot of this time), but it’s really slipped in the last 18 months – or more accurately, USD has done better – so that it’s now around $4 CAD for every $3 USD. The new prices give Sony a buffer for if it slips further behind the USD.

      As for UK and EU, it’ll just be what it is. Xbox Live Gold is already €60, and if people want to play online, they’ll have to pay, as simple as that. The interesting one will be to see how much confidence Sony has in GBP as they price things like the PS4 Slim, Neo and so on.

  2. Countdown to EU price increase in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …

    This sucks for our North American cousins, and if it happens here then it makes the decision to renew twice as hard as it already is. PS+ has sucked this gen, and the network performance is still as bad as it always has been, so what the hell are they spending all that money on?!

    They really need to split the sub so you can the full ish, or just the MP and forego PS+ and discounts etc.

    • I agree on splitting the sub. Would be a great idea, and they could even add luxury PS Now tier for those who want to go all in. Not sure whether it will happen. Reports say Sony rely on software and subscription sales for a consistent income, and splitting could have a negative effect for them.

  3. It’s been at £40 in the UK for the past 6 years. Add inflation and the pound plummeting in the past couple of months, and a £10 increase here would be annoying but not in any way taking the piss.

    I guess that $60 would work out at £60 though. With the usual VAT thing, it’s near enough $1=£1 now. Well, it works out at £55. Sony might make it £60. Or £59.99, as if that fools anyone.

  4. I’d be very surprised if there was no substantial price hike in the UK, as the Pound is not worth that much anymore these days, especially since the Brexit vote. PS Plus will likely follow cars and computers and other foreign products in this respect.
    Doesn’t affect me much, as the times when I earned my salary in Pounds are long gone, but it’s of course not fun for all of those in the UK.

  5. Such a big jump for the Canadians seems like a bit of a shafting, poor chaps. I guess a rise is coming our way too, I wouldn’t mind an extra £5 per year. I’ve got about 6 months left on my sub, does anyone know if I can buy another year now and extend it?

    • I was wondering this too… as if it possible I may do that myself… I think my sub is up soon too…

    • Yes you can, the subs stack.

      • Yup. Subscriptions stack. I had about 3 years of subs backed up at one point…

        As for Canada, see above about the relative value of CAD and USD over the past half decade.

      • Sweet. Cheers for the information!

    • I might do that too. And I found out I can avoid these slow and quite unreliable Amazon deliveries of UK PSN cards to me in central Europe and get PSN voucher codes for my UK account from ElectronicFirst.com by email instead. Works out even cheaper (£35 for £32) and reliably quick.

  6. What annoys me is the free PSP games they keep giving out instead of proper VIta ones

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