PlayStation users need to be prepared to pull out a couple extra bucks every month for their subscription to PlayStation Plus. The membership that gives its’ users many perks will be raising its’ costs starting September 22.
Information was revealed on the PlayStation blog telling its’ users that yearly subscriptions will raise from $49.99 to $59.99, three months will go from $17.99 to $24.99 and the monthly rate will remain the same at $9.99.
This will be the first time that PlayStation will raise it’s subscription since it’s launch in 2010. The news of a raise to the price is never good and it does not seem to be received well. According to Sony, the raised prices are set in place in order to be more reflective of the “current market conditions”. Xbox live has sat at a $60 per year price since Xbox 360 days. This move is a way that the company is keeping up with its’ competitor.
The price raise may be hurtful to PlayStation’s most loyal customers but it will ultimately turn out to be a good move on Sony’s part. With the holidays coming up and the launch of products such as PlayStation VR, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Neo, they will be drawing in a lot of new customers.
Due to the fact that PlayStation plus is required to participate in online gameplay, it will most likely not deter existing customers from purchasing the subscription. Sony recommends that its’ users turn off the auto subscription from their account if they do not wish to be charged the new amount for PS+.
I know that the rise in cost will not stop me from purchasing it. The subscription offers so many great perks such as free games every month and access to playing games online with friends.