PlayStation Plus fees going up in Europe, Australia

Starting August 31, Sony's prices for online play subscription service will jump as much as 33%

PlayStation Plus is getting more expensive in a number of markets. As reported by VG24/7, Sony today sent emails to current subscribers informing them of a price hike that will go into effect August 31.

In the UK, the annual price of PlayStation Plus membership will jump 25% from 39.99 to 49.99. Quarterly plans will rise 33% from 14.99 to 19.99, while those paying month-to-month will see a more modest jump of 17%, from 5.99 to 6.99.

Elsewhere in Europe, annual fees will rise by 20%, going from €49.99 to €59.99, while quarterly fees jump 25% from €19.99 to €24.99. The monthly subscription will rise by 14%, from €6.99 to €7.99. For Australian subscribers, annual charges are rising 14% from AU$69.95 to AU$79.95, with quarterly fees hiked 21% from AU$27.95 to AU$33.95. Those paying month-to-month will see a 10% bump from AU$9.95 to AU$10.95.

Though the emails sent to members do not include an explanation for the price hike, a Sony representative told Eurogamer, "We are changing the pricing to reflect various market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members."

Sony increased PlayStation Plus subscription prices in North America last September.

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Latest comments (1)

James Prendergast Research Chemist A year ago
Wait, what?! Really glad I got a further year cheap in the recent PS+ sale. I'm not sure the service is even justified (on either console) at their current prices let alone at an even higher price.

I can see the rise from the relative weakness of the pound and uncertainty going forward (though I think 5 would be a more realistic increase) but the other price increases make little sense to me, especially given that the service is not visibly improving over time...
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