Sony increases PlayStation Plus price to $10.99 per month
Sony says that it will be increasing the price of PlayStation Plus subscriptions starting next week, with the company citing the need to continue offering high-quality games and benefits as the reason behind the price adjustment. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, the company says that “the costs of running the program have risen” and that the price increase is a “necessary measure.”
Existing subscribers won’t be affected until their renewal date, or if they change their plan. However, anyone looking to sign up to a year of PS Plus before September 6 will save up to $40, depending on which tier they choose.
The new prices will be as follows:
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In addition to the price increase, Sony says that it will be making some changes to the September free games lineup, replacing Saints Row: The Third with the first two Saints Row games. Those who already own the first two Saints Row games on PlayStation will still be able to download the “definitive editions” of Saints Row and Saints Row 2, but there are currently no plans to remake the first two Saints Row games.
“We know this may be disappointing for those of you who wanted to experience the first two Saints Row games for the first time, but as a studio we have to pick the projects that we think are going to be the most impactful to the series as a whole,” Sony says regarding its decision not to remake the first two games.
This PlayStation Plus price increase follows an announcement by Xbox that the price of its Game Pass subscription service will be increasing next month. The standard tier will now cost $10.99 per month, with the Ultimate version jumping to $16.99 per month. Microsoft says that the price adjustment reflects “competitive market conditions.”
With subscription services increasingly costing more, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for gamers to afford to play the latest and greatest titles. While it’s important to recognise that these companies have to make money in order to keep providing services, we hope that prices will start to stabilise and reflect the value that gamers get in return.
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