Subscription services have become a norm within gaming for anyone that's hoping to play online. Excluding both PC and Nintendo's Wii U, of course, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One require gamers to have purchased a membership of some duration in order to play games online with friends and strangers alike – failing to do so leaves them unable to access online multiplayer content in all of their titles.
At the very least, bonuses such as the rotating selection of PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold titles give gamers somewhat of a return on their investment, but that particular investment with PlayStation manufacturer Sony is about to run a little bit more across Europe and the United Kingdom. Fortunately, those that have remained loyal to the one year subscription won't have further costs to worry about.
According to an official statement by the company, this price hike is to keep the service running in the wake of the current "market conditions" of the industry. Evidently, no further details were brought up other than that, but Sony reassures gamers that these price points will only impact the one month and three month PlayStation Plus options.
"We are dedicated to bringing PlayStation Plus members the best possible service with the most compelling content. From September 1, 2015 we will be increasing the price of monthly and three-month PlayStation Plus subscriptions in line with market conditions."
As of this writing, the one month subscription to PlayStation Plus costs £5.49 ($8.58 USD), while three months of the service retails for £11.99 ($18.74 USD). Despite the announcement that these subscription options will be given a steeper price point, however, Sony has yet to reveal just how much more it's going to run consumers. Even then, the company has assured fans that the annual membership will remain locked at £39.99 ($62.49 USD).
While European gamers that have been using the service on a month to month basis are sure to be distraught over this news, the question still remains whether or not the increase in cost will impact North American consumers as well. If that does end up being the case down the line, then it seems that the one year membership won't be touched. Still, it's obvious that Sony is hoping to lock gamers into PlayStation Plus for longer periods of time with this move, especially since fans end up saving some hard-earned cash in the long run by doing so.
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