Sony raising PS Plus price

Annual memberships for online play and free games program going up $10 in US, $20 in Canada next month

PlayStation Plus is getting more expensive. Sony this week announced that as of September 22, the company would begin charging more in US and Canada for the program that gives members online play on PS4 and a monthly selection of free games.

In the US, the price of an annual subscription to PS Plus will go from $50 to $60, while Canadian gamers will see it jump from $50 to $70. The three-month subscription will also be jumping from $18 in each region to $25 in the US and $30 in Canada. Monthly subscriptions in the US will remain at $10, but jump to $12 in Canada.

Sony announced the move yesterday in an update to last month's PlayStation Blog post detailing the service's free games for August.

"This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the US and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010," the update read. "The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members."

Judging from the comments on that post, many PlayStation Plus members are taking exception to that "exceptional value" assessment. The update prompted hundreds of new comments from PlayStation fans, many of them suggesting the quality of free games has been declining in recent years or upset that there are apparently no additional perks to go along with the price hike.

In June, Sony announced that PlayStation Plus has 20.8 million paying subscribers.

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Hugo Trepanier Senior Game Designer, Ludia5 years ago
Wouldn't smaller but more frequent price increases be better perceived by the public? I think people would object less to a $2 increase year over year instead of a sudden 20-30% price hike.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing console gamers to pay for playing online"
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Ralph Tricoche Studying MA, CUNY5 years ago
This is a mistake. Value for dollar I don't feel Sony has delivered. We downgraded from triple-A offerings to indie games. IF you are a single player aficionado, then the multiplayer component of PSN+ is mute. Those "sales" they offer are pathetic, $2.00 dollars off a game for PSN+ members?!
The true value, in my opinion, is for a player like me that owns many titles and cloud saving is great. But not worth $60 dollars. I can put it on a USB and call it a day.
This news, the No MAn's Sky debacle, and this new PS4 Neo/Slim on the horizon is just a one, two punch in my opinion. These are all bad moves.
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Miguel Melo Principal Software Engineer/Product Manager 5 years ago
@Ralph Tricoche: Agree 100%. I am a strictly-single player (too old to compete with young people, plus I don't care for twitch games) and, as offered games fade further into humble bundle territory, the value of PSN+ has been dwindling for a while in my eyes.

This price hike may very well be when I jump ship.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
Price rise not affecting Europe, for can I read from other sources. Guess we can be happy for now?
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