Monthly fees to increase “in line with market conditions.”
The cost for a one-month or three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus in the UK is set to rise, Sony has confirmed to GameSpot.
Currently the UK price for one month of PlayStation Plus is £5.49 ($8.57), while a three-month subscription costs £11.99 ($18.71). From September, these prices are set to rise, though final figures have yet to be confirmed. This affects all UK subscribers regardless of the platform they use, be it PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, or PlayStation 3.
An annual PlayStation Plus subscription, which costs £39.99 ($62.40), will not be changed, Sony said.
“We are dedicated to bringing PlayStation Plus members the best possible service with the most compelling content,” read a statement from PlayStation UK.
“From September 1, 2015 we will be increasing the price of monthly and three-month PlayStation Plus subscriptions in line with market conditions.”
It is not clear whether Sony’s price review will extend to the US, though it is more likely that price changes will be enacted across European countries. Typically, the North American and European arms of PlayStation work independently from one another.
In October, Sony raised the price of PlayStation Plus in multiple countries, such as South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and India. In some instances, the price hike was significant, such as in South Africa, where the price of a three-month PS Plus subscription has climbed by 50 percent to R219 ($19.55).
“We will continue to invest in PS Plus to ensure an unparalleled experience, featuring the best quality games and features,” Sony said.
PlayStation Plus is a versatile games service that gives subscribers discounts on certain PS Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games. On PS4, a subscription is required to connect with other gamers online.
Along with this, customers receive free games to play each month, which can be played for as long as the subscription is maintained. For August, the free games include
- CastleStorm Complete Edition (PS3, Vita)
- God of War: Ascension (PS3)
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4)
- Limbo (PS4)
- Sound Shapes (PS4, PS3, Vita)
- Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Sony has said it expects to sell 16.5 million PS4 consoles during the financial year spanning April 2015 to March 2016. This is slightly higher then its previous forecast of 16 million.