The price of PlayStation Plus subscriptions are set to rise in the UK, Sony has confirmed. While annual subscriptions will remain at £39.99, monthly and three-month subscriptions are getting more expensive, with the change taking effect from the start of September.
In a statement, sony Computer Entertainment Europe confirmed the change:
We are dedicated to bringing PlayStation Plus members the best possible service with the most compelling content. 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.
There's no word there though on exactly how much those subscriptions are set to increase. "Market conditions" is a bit vague. As it stands, a one-month subscription costs £5.49, a three-month subscription costs £11.99, and an annual subscription costs £39.99. It's possible that Sony will bring them up in line with pricing for Microsoft's comparable Xbox Live service, which currently sits at £5.99 for a month, £14.99 for three months and £39.99 for a year.
It seems then Sony is looking to lock more players down with the yearly payments. While at £39.99 it's a larger chunk of change to drop all in one go, over the course of 12 months it actually works out the cheapest of all deals at £3.33 a month.
PlayStation Plus is required for online gaming on the PS4, a service that was offered free on the PS3. To soften the blow, Sony's upped the value of the service by offering a number of free games across the PS3, PS Vita and PS4 each month, as well as cloud storage for game saves. However, it still faces criticism over download speeds and general stability.