Are you a subscriber to PlayStation Plus and based in the United Kingdom? If so, then you may soon find yourself with a little less spare change in the bank each month.
Currently, Sony charges UK gamers £5.49 for a one month subscription, £11.99 for a three month subscription, and £39.99 for an annual subscription, but that cost is set to rise.
Sony hasn’t said how much it is raising the cost of one and three month subscriptions by, but the increase is due to take effect from September 1st – just in time for the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which releases on the same day. Annual membership pricing won’t be affected by the increase.
PlayStation 4 owners need to be subscribed to PlayStation Plus in order to play online, use Share Play and access cloud storage. A PlayStation Plus subscription also grants access to exclusive deals and free games each month – though PlayStation Network continues to be criticized because of stability issues, slow download speeds and low Cloud Storage when compared to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.
It’s likely that Sony will bring its pricing in line with Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Microsoft currently charges £5.99 for one month, £14.99 for three months, and £39.99 for a year of Live membership.
“We are dedicated to bringing PlayStation Plus members the best possible service with the most compelling content,” reads a statement from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “From 1st September 2015 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 PS Plus to ensure an unparalleled experience, featuring the best quality games and features.”