Running an online gaming service that delivers free games every month costs a lot of money – more than ever, it seems. And Sony is increasing the price of a PlayStation Plus subscription to reflect that.
The price of a subscription so far has been $49.99 since the service launched in 2010, staying that way when it became a required service for online play on PlayStation 4. Now, the price is jumping to $59.99 – the same price Microsoft has been charging for Xbox Live for years now.
Sony said in an update to their August PlayStation Plus post that the pricing “reflects current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members.”
The wording doesn’t seem to imply that any big changes are coming to the service to compensate for the price hike, at least anytime soon.
Sony does note that turning off auto-renewal before September 22, 2016 is the best way to avoid paying for the increased price if the extra $10 is a big turn-off for you.
While the price jumps to $59.99 for US gamers, Canadian gamers will be paying $69.99 Canadian for a year, while a quarterly subscription will run $24.99 US or $29.99 Canadian.