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.
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.”