At the very end of August, PlayStation will be increasing the price to access their online service, PlayStation Plus.
A PlayStation Plus account is the sort of thing most gamers can't live without: apart from the free games every month, PS+ is necessary to enjoy the online functionality of ... well, basically every game on the PS4. So while not every PS4 user will have a PS+ account, the vast majority do.
So most PS4 users will be affected come 9:01 AM AEST August 31 (7:01 AM AWST, 8:31 AM ACST), when PS+ prices go up by the following amounts: $1 per month to $10.95, or $6.95 to $33.95 for quarterly subscriptions, and a $10 increase to $79.95 for those on yearly plans.
Here's the full email sent out to PS+ users this evening:
From 09:01 AEST on 31 August 2017 we are changing the prices of PlayStation®Plus.
- Annually, the price will change from $69.95 to $79.95 per annum.
- Quarterly, the price will change from $27.95 to $33.95 per quarter.
- Monthly, the price will change from $9.95 to $10.95 per month.
What this means for you
We will alter the price of a PlayStation® Plus membership at 09:01 AEST on 31 August 2017. As you are an existing member, this means that all recurring subscription fees payable by you on or after 31 August 2017 will be charged at the new price. Up until 31 August 2017, you may purchase a PlayStation®Plus subscription at the current price, which will then be added (or “stacked on”) to your current membership period.
If you don’t want to continue with PlayStation®Plus
If you want to prevent your PlayStation®Plus membership continuing at the new price, you will need to cancel it – turn OFF “auto-renew” in your account settings at least 48 hours before your next payment on or after 31 August 2017 is due. There’s some guidance on how to cancel your membership on PlayStation.com.