- PlayStation Plus, Sony’s front-running video game subscription service, is one of the best incentives for buying a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console, or according to some, at least it was.
- Two of the service’s buyable tiers offer a catalog of over 400 playable games, while all three tiers let players enjoy two to three titles that are made available for free on the PS4 or PS5 at no additional cost.
- In recent times, the pricing of PlayStation Plus has seen a 33% hike for the yearly subscription models. As opposed to their previous costs, all three tiers of the service—Essential, Extra, and Premium—now cost 79.99, 134.99, and 159.99 USD respectively.
- According to a new rumor coming from a well-known industry insider, September’s upcoming free PlayStation Games won’t be as high-quality as Sony has promised.
- The rumor is not set in stone and should be taken with a grain of salt.
PlayStation Plus is all the rage these days — quite literally — as Sony recently announced a surge in the subscription service’s pricing. The yearly memberships for all three tiers of PS Plus, namely Essential, Extra, and Premium, will all cost 33% more, effective from 6 September. The company said that the new pricing will allow it to keep bringing “high-quality” games to the subscription’s catalog, but as per a new rumor, this might not be true, at least not for September.
billbil-kun, a well-reputed industry insider with a pretty strong track record, has recently left a subtle tweet on their profile, quoting Sony on what it said in its blog post that announced the price hike, and leaving in a hand-over-mouth emoji as well. This, apparently, indicates that the upcoming PS Plus free games for the month of September won’t be up to the mark by an average gamer’s standards.
P.S. Those are not my words, only emojis are mine
— billbil-kun (@billbil_kun) September 8, 2023
The reason that Sony has cited for the sudden, previously unmentioned increase in PS Plus’ pricing hasn’t settled well with consumers, with many flocking to boycott the subscription service altogether. It’s worth noting that only the annual costs of the membership have expanded, which is where a user could’ve actually saved money in comparison to the monthly or the 3-month-long subscription plans.
We also wanted to let you know that starting September 6 we will be increasing the price for PlayStation Plus 12-month subscriptions globally across all benefit plans. This price adjustment will enable us to continue bringing high-quality games and value-added benefits to your PlayStation Plus subscription service,” mentions the blog post.
Prior to the new pricing of PS Plus, the costs of PS Plus Essential, Extra, and Premium were $59.99, $99.99, and $119.99 in that order. Essential will cost $20 more, Extra $35, and finally, Premium a whopping $40. The first tier lets you play games online, along with two free games every month for your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console.
However, both Extra and Premium also grant you access to a growing library of more than 400 playable games, out of which many are, indeed, high-quality, such as God of War, Horizon Forbidden West, Demon’s Souls, and even Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut. The Premium tier boasts another enticing benefit, which is the availability of retro classics to play for free, along with a collection of titles from Ubisoft+.
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One of the reasons that has got players thinking about whether they should renew their subscription next time or not is the opposition. Xbox Game Pass is out there, albeit at $16.99 for its Ultimate variant, which is more expensive than the updated PS Plus Premium pricing, offering tons of value for what it comes for. Game Pass Ultimate lets you play both on Xbox and PC, and the best part?
It gets you Xbox exclusives straight to your Game Pass library on the day that they release. That’s pretty much the biggest deal-maker in the video gaming subscription business that makes players gravitate toward it like no other competitor. If Sony does not up its game for the time to come, several will join together to boycott PlayStation Plus even more significantly as they have started now.
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