PlayStation users in the UK, Europe and Australia who subscribe to the PlayStation Plus service will soon see it making a larger dent in their wallet, as Sony have announced a price hike that will go into effect on 31st August, 2017.
The price in the UK will increase by 25%, which will see the annual price go up from £39.99 (GBP) to £49.99. The quarterly price will also go up from £14.99 to £19.99, while the monthly price will see an increase from £5.99 to £6.99.
A PlayStation Plus subscription is needed to access online multiplayer features. The subscription service also allows subscribers to download a number of titles for free each month. Though few virtual reality (VR) titles have been offered to PlayStation Plus users for free so far, many are expecting that to change soon, and online multiplayer for VR titles such as Smashbox Arena needs PlayStation Plus subscription.
Sony have warned user that the subscription will automatically increase after 31st August, so all subscriptions payable on or after the 31st August will be charged the new price. Customers unwilling to pay the new price will need to modify their subscription before that date.
No official reason for the price increase has been given. Since the increase is being applied across the entire PAL region, it seems unlikely to be a result of Brexit. Sony have only said that the price increase ‘Reflects changing market conditions.’.
There has not yet been any indication of a similar price increase being applied to the North American region.
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